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Hopefully, what will become a weekly thing for us for the rest of football season, as I bring you my five things to watch for preview here first, before, anywhere else.
So for those of you who are new tunes magician in the way with your coverage, I usually write a five things to watch preview article that goes up on Thursdays or Fridays, depending on how the weeks going.
And it's basically the last big preview.
Ah, that we get before the games.
So I figured that we'd start doing I do a really quick recap here are quick.
Look forward here at those five things to watch for here.
First, I'll throw this video in with the article, which will have a little bit more in detail on stats.
This is really just kind of high level stuff, and, uh, you know, we can talk it out here for anybody who's listening, lost to participate on what we think about these things that we're gonna be washing for.
So I've got my five things kind of cute up here in a draft.
Some of the larger talking points I wanted to bring about on again.
This will all be put on news magician Dotcom Tomorrow as kind of are last big football preview for the game against Florida State.
Syracuse is three of floor for state is three and four.
I would argue that both teams right now are not exactly happy about that.
It's really interesting.
I was listening to podcasting, played nobody on my way home from work today, and they were kind talking about the Willy Taggert situation, If you don't know.
Basically, Florida State fans and admissions are not very happy with the way that Willy Taggert has performed to date.
You know, missing a bowl this year would basically be unacceptable.
Even though Taggart has a relatively high buyout, it seems as if he goes five and seven and Mrs Boulders season.
Florida State would be willing to eat that and go out and potentially try to start this whole thing over again.
It's not ideal, but with the amount of talent of Florida State's bringing in, you know, missing a bowl two seasons in a row is is not something that should be acceptable for them.
Meanwhile, the Syracuse side, uh, if you're new around here, this is season has not gone as well as everybody is expected.
Syracuse right now, three and four already with more losses this year than they had all of last year.
Ah, lot of that has been due to some shaky align play.
They've been involved in a 1 to 1 possession games.
Now back to back weeks in the A C C, which is all the more frustrating because if some calls go different ways, if, um, you know Syracuse offense shows up in the second half of the NC State game.
Ah, the outlook for the Orange going into this game is entirely different, but you can't change the past, and Syracuse right now has to look forward.
And for both teams, this is as close to a must win in the middle of the season as you're going to get for Syracuse.
This is not the quote unquote easiest game left on the schedule before the state's reeling in a way like most other Syracuse opponents haven't been.
And if your Florida State It's home, it's your homecoming weekend.
You're playing a team that's really struggling.
That's probably without the main starting quarterback.
Ah, Florida State fans feel like they should win this one.
So no matter what happens here, losing fan base is really going to be taking it hard.
So from the lens of a Syracuse fan, and if you're watching this game with orange tinted glasses, what are some? What are the five things that you should be watching for in this one? On the first thing that I want to bring up his cam makers, the Florida State running back is really **** good the first time that can Makers played against Syracuse.
This Waas two seasons ago and Acres ran for over 190 yards and three touchdowns on the ground down in Tallahassee, he absolutely shredded the orange, and that was kind of one of the first games where, ah, if you were new to the A C C.
If you're new to **** kind full, all in Florida state, on a national level, you realise that can makers was a difference maker this season, he has been the most consistent source of offense for Florida State.
He has probably been the best source of offense for Florida State and with Syracuse, his inability to stop the runs, especially in between the tackles.
When you run it away from Kendall Coleman and Ellen Robinson, I'm expecting that Cam makers will get ample opportunities to try to defeat the Syracuse A large.
How did the Orange counter with that? Do they try to move the defensive line around in different shifts? Are they getting more aggressive in the box by bringing in some more members of secondary? But ultimately, it's going to come down the linebackers.
There has been some dividing chatter off between whether or not the Syracuse linebackers are actually good.
I am on the fence of saying that these linebackers are definitely not as good as last year's crop, definitely not as good as last year's linebackers at the end of the season and probably not has been great to begin with.
That said, I think that there's a ton of potential, especially with Michael Jones and Leap Bob.
I think the two of them are probably the linebackers of the future.
They're probably good enough to hold it down on a two linebacker formation if that's the way that Syracuse really wants to run things instead of going out of a base for three.
But right now, that's they're not getting playing time for because Brian Word of the staff feels like the current and more veteran light leading three linebackers are probably the better way to go.
This is going to be the game where they're gonna have to earn their own. They're playing time.
We'll see how it goes, because Cam makers is just going to be attacking them left and right.
Number two. Thing to watch.
We kind of talked about how Syracuse might counter some linebacker account of the running game by bringing in members of the secondary that will definitely be dependent on the health of on Francisco and Telephone woo.
Not even to try to pronounce that first name.
I'm really sorry, but here's the deal.
Mel, a phone who is a NFL prospect.
I don't know if he's a day one pick.
I don't know if it's a day to pick.
If you were to, you know, leave Syracuse right now, he's NFL talent.
Losing anybody like that for any extended period of time is going to hurt what you can do on a defensive on offensive scheming point of view, especially your ability to just match up one on one man coverage.
Add on top of that, the loss of an All American safety and Andre Cisco and Syracuse's defense is not running anywhere near where they want to be right.
I bet we'd see a lot more match up one on one opportunities if those two are in and healthy and against the Florida State team that's looking to run the ball and has not always passed the ball so efficiently.
Being able to get these two guys back into the fold would dramatically change the way that Syracuse can attack for the state and try to stop acres.
That being said, I don't know what the health of both of these players are.
Cisco obviously got some run last week against Pittsburgh.
Uh, I think that there were some moments where Pittsburgh specifically tried to challenge him by throwing it towards him.
And while he might be missing a step while he might not be a 110%.
He definitely looked good enough in pursuit and was able to, um, you know, have some coverage or I have some really solid tackle, some really big hits, all four that think that the guy is good enough to go and probably better than any of the other options when it comes to telephone Who I I honestly don't know.
But I do think that he's key to this moment.
We saw him a little bit in the pit game.
I don't really recall him making too many plays.
It did nothing that he did on the field, stood out and went, Oh my gosh, he's back He's healthy So it might have been similar to Cisco, where they're trying to ease him back into the game or at towards the end of the game.
When the stakes were high, Mel Phone was healthy enough to go in a in an emergency.
I think Mel a thon.
We will probably see the field if he's anywhere near 90% healthy, so this will be a really big step for him and Cisco.
Their health will allowed Syracuse defense to overall.
I'll be better and basically play Florida State better for the orange.
On the third thing, if we kind of move away from the defense on we move towards the offense, we really gotta look at what the old line is going to do.
Uh, I don't know if any of you guys follow our good friend David Hale on Twitter.
He is probably one of the best A CC, you know, Macro guys out there.
He does a great job covering the conference at this great staff today about how Florida State is one of the worst pass rushing teams in the A C C.
Statistically, they will be playing Syracuse, who's one of the absolute worst, you know, pass Rush defending lines in the country and Chris Carlson syracuse dot com.
Beat Writer had the great moment about how it's the movable object versus the irresistible force, so I don't know which one really wins out.
I'm tempted to say that because Florida State plays a much more aggressive style of defense that the results aren't coming through because Florida State has been playing some really solid lines to date, you know, they've already played Clemson.
They played Wake Forest.
They have kind of done exactly what they needed to do defensively to stay into those games for the most part outside of Clemson.
And while they're not getting sacks while they might not be getting tackles for loss, there is still a pretty aggressive team.
And against the Syracuse offensive line that hasn't been able to, uh, the doesn't matter what they've done to this point.
If they come out aggressive, Syracuse will probably struggle now.
That being said after the loss against Pittsburgh, Dino Babers had quotes that again.
I don't have it right up in front of me right now, but basically boil down to that just because players have been starting up into up until this time meant nothing when it came to actually getting to start from here on out.
Ah, the offensive line has been one of the biggest weakness is for the Orange this year.
They are pretty consensus.
Lee Ranch is the worst offensive line in the A C.
At this point, I would assume that there is going to be some new blood on the line.
You know, the old argument is always that you have to give the offensive line time to gel as a unit.
It's not an individual aspect of the game, but in this case, the unit has been not where it needs to be.
And because of that, I think that swapping some parts around to try to see if you can get any sort of improvement would behoove the orange in a game where you're going up against the team.
That might not be as good as the competition that you faced.
The date will be, you know, not everybody's pit and going to sack Syracuse quarterbacks nine times.
But if you don't do anything, they're gonna sack the quarterback six or seven times, which is arguably Justus.
Bad on DSO on that note.
Part of the issue with having a bad offensive line is that your quarterback is liable to get hurt.
In the case of Syracuse, Tommy DeVito did not come back into the picking, no official confirmation on whether that was because of injury, whether that was because performance um, we and Noone's magician have talked it out in law, and the consensus is that he doesn't look healthy.
After the Holy Cross game, something happened.
There was talk of him wearing ah flank jacket are flapjack or whatever it is that you call to protect ribs.
I don't necessarily know what the exact injury is if he has one.
But all that being said, I don't think it's the craziest idea that Clayton Wells will be starting for Syracuse this Saturday against Florida State.
If that is the situation, I think that you need to see Syracuse adapt the way that they play the game.
I thought Pitt had a pretty good game plan going in attacking Pittsburgh, but just didn't execute it and wants to veto left the game.
They had to kind of abandon it and flip it on the fly.
And so Clayton Welch is definitely more of a runner.
He was eight for 20 against Pittsburgh, which is pretty terrible for an offense that's looking to make a lot of short throws.
There were a lot of times where Wells just couldn't make basic sideline throws and that's fine because he was able to make throws over the middle of the field when they were given to him.
So I think that moving forward, the best option for Syracuse if Welch is actually under center for the Orange is to go to more of an option read based system where the quarterback running the ball is is the priority.
Dino Babers comes from that old school Baylor approach where you were running a spread, but you were really running a spread to run the ball.
A supposed to pass the ball.
Dino Babers gets all the hype because of Garoppolo, Um, but removing all that his based offenses to run the football and with two running backs in Mona LL and Abdul Adams, who are definitely top half conference talents on a quarterback who's more comfortable running the ball, I would love to see some triple option looks out of the shock information.
I think it's interesting.
It's something that Dino Babers has proven he could do before in an offense secret.
He was around a successful version of this team.
I would love to see what it looks like if Syracuse comes out attacks again, an overly aggressive Florida State defense with an option you can to punish them for being too aggressive, or at least get them to slow down the pass rush.
That helped the offensive line, Um, and so my last point eyes going back to the fence.
It's really more of a little statistical anomaly.
Tow watch on again.
Credit to Dan Lyons of News Magician on the 20.
It's an absolute podcast to bring this up.
Syracuse doesn't allow the second half touchdown and back to back weeks.
This is the first time that it's happened in the post Pasqualoni era, at least Bi Dan's estimations.
And it's the first time that Syracuse has done it twice in a season in that same time period.
So the Syracuse defense is doing their part, especially after halftime.
They're making great adjustments, and they're able to keep teams off the board and give the offense a chance to get back into the game.
I don't know if that happens again this week, as we already talked about Cam Makers is putting the Syracuse defense down.
But if the orange and carry the streak in tow 1/3 straight game that says so much about the improvement of the defense has made, it shows so much that you cannot say that this team has quit on the coaching staff.
They're still obviously trying late into games to make things competitive, and those are some of the little small steps that you want to take.
When you're a program struggling, you look for those small victories.
Right now, the defense is providing a lot of really good small victories there, giving the offense a chance to get back into games.
And this Saturday, if the defense can have a shutout in the second half of the third straight week, I think it shows that this defense is way better than anybody expected it to be.
Even with that glaring weakness of the linebacker slot, which is outstanding to say for the way that Dino Babers has recruited the way that Brian Ward has kind of coach things up so that even in in less than ideal situation, the defense is still improving at a mark that when the offense comes together, this team can really probably challenge.
You know that middle class of the A C C.
So just to recap my five things to watch a Syracuse place for estate, um, let's see the health of the, uh of the defensive backs, specifically Andre Cisco Um, l a phone, because that will definitely help Syracuse.
And how the defend can makers, who is probably the biggest offensive threats that Florida State has and will challenge Syracuse all night long are all afternoon long, I should say on the offensive side for Syracuse to be seeing new offensive linemen come in.
I definitely think it's warranted, and I definitely think we'll see some kind of shuffling along the offensive line forthe do.
How does Syracuse utilize Welsh in the running game? I want to see some more triple option looks, but I'm sure that it Welch is in there will be adjusted game plan from what Syracuse wants to do with Tommy DeVito and finally, can.
The defense can maintain that second half shutout streak.
It's something that's never been done in modern Syracuse football history and definitely goes to show just how good this defensive unit is coming together, even with some rather obvious weaknesses, which is great to show the coaching and the level of talent that is coming into the program.
So there's my five things to watch again.
The article will be up on Newman's magician tomorrow that will go into a little bit more detail, have a little bit more staff backing in there.
Once I found some time to research some things.
But this video also be embedded in that article.
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