What exactly happened to Syracuse on Saturday remains confusing to all – Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

What exactly happened to Syracuse on Saturday remains confusing to all - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Syracuse expects largest crowd in decades for No. 1 Clemson matchup

Share All sharing options Share All sharing options for: What exactly happened to Syracuse on Saturday remains confusing Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports You dont need to be told that the Syracuse Orange looked out of sorts in Saturdays loss to Maryland; no one does. The fact is irrefutable, but the why is whats in question. We had some takeaways immediately after the game, though it doesnt necessarily diagnose how we got to the point where SU was allowing 63 points and putting up little resistance against a team like Maryland.

The Daily Oranges Andrew Graham dug into the mystery of how this happened — and how to stop it from occurring again — and sort of came up empty following Dino Baberss own remarks after the game. The main takeaway was that Syracuse needs to focus on what it does best and regroup (another remark was around rebooting things). But thats rather vague and doesnt really get to the reasons behind how they were so caught off-guard defensively, and why the offense has yet to really ramp up to what its supposed to be capable of.

Without raising too many alarm bells, the fact that Dinos noted that Syracuse saw things theyve never seen before for two straight games is at least a little concerning/questionable. And given the fact that Clemsons coaching staff is better than either Libertys or Marylands, the same could be true once again this weekend.

The Tar Heels continue to show upward mobility in Mack Browns second tour of duty in Chapel Hill. North Carolina followed up its opening-week upset of South Carolina by knocking off Miami last week to move to 2-0 and establish itself as an early contender in the Coastal Division, where anything is possible. Freshman quarterback Sam Howell has been impressive so far, playing with a confidence that belies his youth.

Is this a case of under-preparation (which we havent seen since the Middle Tennessee loss) or looking ahead? Is it just the personnel changes?

Duke has found its replacement for Daniel Jones with Quentin Harris, who accounted for five touchdowns in the Blue Devils victory at Rice last week. With Harris continuing to find his groove, the Blue Devils should move to 2-1 this week. After playing Alabama in the season opener, all other games must seem rather winnable for Coach David Cutcliffes bunch.

No one can answer those questions but the players and coaches. Hopefully they start finding those solutions in the near-term, as the narrative to this season starts to come into view.

The Yellow Jackets held off South Florida for their first win of the season and should move to 3-1 with upcoming games against The Citadel and Temple. First-year coach Geoff Collins, who left Temple for the Tech job, will take any win he can get as his team continues its transition from a triple-option offense.

Now we have to decide what the 2019 teams gonna be, Babers said. You dont have the memories of the 2018 season anymore after something like this. So now, what kind of team is the 2019 football team gonna be? In every phase of the game, Syracuse failed. For the second-straight week, the offense struggled from the outset and this time, it was too late once it got going.

One more play worth highlighting: DeVitos second fourth-down throwaway. On a 4th and 3 early in the final frame, UMD defensive lineman Lawtez Rogers made a delayed twist from the interior around the right side. Vettorello never saw him coming — possibly an issue solved by communication — and DeVito threw the pass away with Rogers bearing down. His first read, slot receiver Sean Riley had a defender draped over him by the first-down line.

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Credit to UMDs safeties for coming downhill and stopping intermediate gains — and as Babers said, SU went away from the ground game as its deficit grew — but a more consistent running game will punish defenses for doing this. That means second-level blocks from the linemen and tight ends (something UMD did well out of similar formations), and broken tackles from the running backs. 

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A very intense meeting where Dino Babers and his Syracuse football team reviewed, in painstaking detail, every play from one of the most lopsided losses of his tenure. Its like rebooting a computer, Babers said. Syracuse woke up Sunday after getting knocked out, suckerpunched by an opponent it may have taken too lightly.

Led in the backfield by Davis, who would become the first African American to win the Heisman Trophy in 1961, the Orange defeated No. 7 Penn State and No. 17 UCLA, and No. 4 Texas 23-14 in the Cotton Bowl to win the schools only national championship. Syracuse shut out five opponents and gave up only 59 points during the regular season.

If any group can respond, its this group, Ward said. “Obviously, you lean heavily on your leadership right now and just get back to basics. Because where we lost, it was in the details. It was in the little details, and thats top to bottom, starting with me all the way down to our our off-the-field coaches.

Syracuse has played Clemson as well as any team in the country the past two years, including Alabama. The Tigers suffered a 27-24 loss in their last trip to the Carrier Dome in 2017 and had to rally from behind for a 27-23 home win last year. The 2017 loss was Clemsons most recenter loss in the regular season. Syracuses hurry-up offense has caused the Clemson defense some problems in the past…

It started early and it just snowballed, Ward said in his biweekly radio spot with TK99′s Gomez and Lisa on Monday morning. Credit to their offensive staff. They put in a lot of work into that game because wed seen those looks before, not from them, actually from our offense in fall camp.

(Eric) and I are really good friends, and he opened up to me about his dad having really bad cancer, and I wanted to really try to support the father, Weitsman said. Theres a lot of medical bills piling up. Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim has agreed to stop by the suite to talk with fans, and Weitsman says its part of Boeheims appreciation for Dungey.

Ward said he believed his defense had turned the corner from those collapses. SU was among the nations leaders in sacks, turnovers forced and third-down efficiency last fall. The group, which lost only three starters, dominated against Liberty, an admittedly lesser opponent in Week 1.

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Syracuse announced on Monday that they expect a sellout crowd with less than 175 tickets left remaining to see the Orange faceoff against No. 1 Clemson in the Carrier Dome on Saturday night (7:30 p.m./ABC).

Fear Me, Ive Killed Hundreds of Timelords: The Tigers have a ton of NFL ready talent on the roster and a QB who is already considered to be the No. 1 NFL Pick when hes eligible (2021 Draft), so a ton of players fit. Im going with Travis Etienne, who scored three touchdowns on 203 yards versus the Orange last year. And most experts think hes gotten stronger and faster in the offseason.

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The only tickets available are with season-ticket packages (might sell individually later this week) or on the secondary market.

Last Meeting: Syracuse knocked Trevor Lawrence out of Clemsons home contest down in Death Valley, leading 23-13 with 12:58 to go in the game. Clemson responded with two touchdown drives, the final one scored with just 41 seconds on the clock as the Tigers edged the Orange 27-23. That would be the closest anyone played Clemson the rest of the season.

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This is going to be the largest crowd that weve had here in decades, Syracuse athletic director Wildhack said in a statement.

This game will also be the Homecoming game for Syracuse so that it will be a very festive event for fans. But for how long?

Jones, serving as SUs backup weakside linebacker behind Andrew Armstrong, appeared much more mature last week than the true freshman he is. The Florida native notched a trio of tackles versus Liberty including a tackle for loss, and looked to be comfortable with Syracuses defensive scheme and the speed of the game. On Saturday, Jones was exposed and looked lost on the field, specifically when trying to tackle Marylands running backs, who combined for 343 yards and 6 touchdowns on the ground. Jones missed a few tackles, took bad routes to the ball on some plays and wound up not even recording a single stat during the contest.

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