First of all, Happy Thanksgiving everyone! As Syracuse football fans, we have plenty to be thankful for this season. In case you have been living under a rock, Syracuse is going to play in its first bowl since 2004. The Orange will probably represent the Big East in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium, which will be a great selling point to local recruits (sorry, Rutgers!).
Let’s get a bit greedy though, shall we? SU has not won at home since routing Colgate 42-7 on Sept. 25. Orange nation has had a great time watching Marrone and Co. at Tully’s, but we want to see the ‘Cuse win in the Loud House. Syracuse has one last chance to notch a win in the 315 against Boston College this weekend.
It won’t be easy, though. The Big East-defects are on a four game winning streak and tout an experienced defensive unit. This could spell trouble for the Orange O, which has noticeably struggled this season. Ryan Nassib is going through growing pains and struggling with accuracy. His lack of protection and options at wide receiver are not helping matters. Hopefully, next season the receiving corps will not be so thin. For the next two games, Nassib will have to try to be spot-on accurate with his throws, something he has not been able to do all season.
The Eagles will be without stud-running back Montel Harris, who underwent knee surgery after getting injured in BC’s win over UVA last weekend. Harris is 11th in the Big East in rushing yards (1243). In other words, freshman Andre Williams has big shoes to fill.
There has been a bit of drama surrounding the Orange program this week. Assistant head coach Bob Cassullo, who worked with the tight ends and special teams, and Syracuse “parted ways.” Marrone said the decision was not performance based. Hopefully, this will not be a distraction to the team, especially because its home-struggles could very well be focused. For the first time in years, people care about SU football in November. Basketball is playing second fiddle. If the players are getting caught up in the hype or stressing out about getting tickets for their families, it is important to remember that they are only human and are new to this. These things can happen with an emerging program.
BC: 21 SU: 6
The great Ross Krautman strikes twice, but it is not enough as the Orange fail to win a game at home against a “real” opponent.
About the Author
Written by Beth Ann Clyde
I graduated from Syracuse University in 2009 and can count the number of times I witnessed the Orange win a football game on two hands.