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