Ask yourself something, Syracuse fans. Do you feel lucky? Well, it’s time to break down the chances of SU finishing above, below or at expectations for this season.
4 wins or less
The lack of depth proves to be too much for the Orange, who lose key contributors on both sides of the ball and have no suitable replacements. QB Ryan Nassib struggles in his first year as starter and the lack of a deep threat stalls the running game as well as defenses load up in the box. The exhausted SU defense struggles late in games ufabet บอลชุด against top teams, and shocking losses to Akron and Louisville are the story of a season that fails to meet expectations.
Chances – 30 percent
SU makes a big step forward in year two of HCDM’s tenure, thanks to an improved pass defense and a 1,200 yard season by Delone Carter. The Orange start the season 3-1 and carry that momentum into the Big East slate, knocking off Louisville and Rutgers to climb out of the conference’s basement. The team stays healthy and Nassib shows enough promise in his first year starting to build optimism heading into the offseason.
Chances – 60 percent
7 wins or more
Syracuse caps off a remarkable turnaround season with a resounding victory over the hated BC Eagles on senior day to clinch its first bowl bid since 2004. Alec Lemon and Aaron Weaver emerge as reliable weapons for Nassib, who enjoys a breakout season in his first running the offense. Nassib leads the Orange to upset wins over Rutgers, UConn and BC, to go along with wins over Akron, Maine, Colgate and Louisville. Chandler Jones, Derrell Smith and Doug Hogue are all off to the NFL after leading SU’s much-improved defense. Delone carter is sure to play on Sundays as well. The Orange is back. Blogger runs onto field… hugs Marrone… cries.