NCAA Football – Week 6
The Big East will be on display on Friday night at the Carrier Dome, where the NCAA football odds will be contested between the Syracuse Orange and the Pittsburgh Panthers.
Have the Panthers righted the ship? That’s the biggest question right now in Steeltown, and it is certainly one that is up for debate. Pittsburgh has won its last two games, but there is a real question as to whether those wins against Gardner Webb and Virginia Tech were really good enough to get this team going for the rest of the campaign. Remember that QB Tino Sunseri and RB Ray Graham are both veterans, and they are expected to be the leaders of this team. A bowl game shouldn’t be in question, and a trip to the BCS shouldn’t be out of the question with as weak as the Big East is. One could look at the win over the Hokies as a promising thing. Sure, this is a V-Tech team that lost to Cincinnati last week. However, that’s also a Cincy team that beat the snot out of these Panthers in the first Big East game of the year. That loss against Youngstown State isn’t leaving the schedule either, and that will be a black eye that is difficult to recover from.
QB Ryan Nassib has already put the ball in the air 177 times this year for the Orange in just four games, and he is going to have to do a lot once again on Friday night if he wants to lead his team to a victory over the Panthers. Syracuse is a tough team to decipher this year. On one hand, all of the critics out there think that Head Coach Doug Marrone has a team that can compete for the Big East title with its toughness. However, the schedule has been a wreck thus far, and it isn’t getting any easier from here by Big East standards. This very well could be a must win game to keep the idea of a bowl game in the picture for the Orange, as getting to six wins is going to be difficult from a 1-4 start to the season. This has just been a wildly inconsistent team this year. The offense is averaging 487.5 yards per game, and the defense is holding teams to just 357.2 yards per game. That should be yielding a lot more than just one victory. However, when push has come to shove in these tight games, the ‘Cuse have failed, and that’s why they are losing.
Could this be the time that the Orange get back on track? We really think that they have the better team, and when you parlay the better team with home field advantage on primetime football with the eyes of the world watching, you tend to forget about the fact that Syracuse is 0-3 SU and ATS in this series over the course of the last three years and that all three defeats have come by double digits. Syracuse 29 – Pittsburgh 20