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And welcome to this edition of the Troy Nunes is an absolute magician pregame show for Georgia Tech.
Technical difficulties right off the bat, Because why wouldn't there be? But we also have some news right off the bat.
So, Christian, if you wanna touch on some currently sensitive subjects, feel free.
Yeah, it's not looking good immediately for Syracuse right off the bat.
You immediately have Andre Cisco's availability and question, uh, W R.
They are gross for get grossed 20,000 video that said that showing off Cisco limping off the field, um, after colliding with Ed Hendrix in pregame warmups.
And all of a sudden, uh, we don't know if Cisco's gonna be playing or not. W.
R also just tweeted out a video that showed that the defensive backs were out doing some additional warm ups for the pregame.
And now those guys are without Cisco in that warm up route.
So it was gonna play the rover now for Syracuse, one of the most key positions into 335 and it throws a wrench into the solid, solid defense that has carried Syracuse throughout their first two games, right? So that was one of Andy's five things to look at was how Tony, what would use that Rover position to kind of keep Jeff Sims, Georgia Texas? Uh, dual threat, quarterback and check.
John also pointed out that turnovers have been an issue for Sims in Georgia Tech early, and we all know that Cisco's ability toe Thio pull the ball out of the air and change the momentum was key.
So how do you think Syracuse is gonna you know, if he doesn't play, how do they? How do they plan Thio, you know, go out there without him.
Um, it's it Z my change of how they cover in terms of switching from zone two, man, because theseventies area when you saw the safeties, especially the pit game, it was a lot of zone coverage, and I think that's an area where Cisco really excels in zone coverage.
And maybe if you have some of the guys who are deeper in the back chart just back in the depth chart.
When you look at the depth chart, you have Cam Jonas the Bend Ambrosi.
If he's available, um on Greenwood are the three safeties that could potentially get see some playing time If Cisco's not ready to go, Maybe they're more suited to a man coverage, where Cisco's style has really been seated to his own coverage that we've seen Syracuse play, especially with him in that rover over the past couple of weeks.
So maybe that changes things drastically as well.
So what does that do for the other safeties? Eric Holy Slash their head Carter.
If Cole is not available, and also were this true, Williams go because you could stay at free safety.
Or does he move to the rover as well? Where he was initially, um, for the first two years of the Syracuse career at the Nickelback position for Syracuse.
So it's causes defensive shift on the fly for Syracuse, for in terms of not only where they play about how they cover Georgia Tech and there somewhat unique, offensive structured, since there are transitioning away from the options along those lines, I guess, um, I don't want to say it's a better thing in any way, shape or form.
But if you look against Pitt, uh, Askew mentioned, they played a lot more zone.
The two long TD throws that picket head were both finding seems in the ozone in that zone coverage.
And I don't know if anybody is completely like Cisco excels at it, but I don't know if everybody else is completely on board with it.
So switching a man, especially if you put you know, like you said, um on green with Petrobras Neil None usedto play over the top is well on day shift trail back down, Similar to we talked that week.
How the DBS could be relatively fluid.
Um, if you if you shift that down, kind of create a different coverage and bring bring drill into that Rover spot maybe going man.
I mean, they played a lot of man against UNC, and they held a very good offense in check.
So, uh, you know, in no way is anything remotely better with Cisco out.
But at least maybe it forces is weird as it sounds.
Maybe it forces hand into a coverage set up that is more beneficial.
So I don't think I don't think Georgia Tech has quite the athletes that UNC had and we were able to man up on them.
So here's to hoping that it isn't as big of an issue is that initially seems when you hear Cisco's out.
So my remembering correct, though, that they defensive backs said that they were rotating among those positions in camp leading into week one, and we kind of wondered how they would be deployed and who would be the rover.
So, you know, maybe some of that you talked about trill possibly switching.
I think he was one of those guys that was working with system kind of kind of in that rotation that were.
They said, We're kind of rotating around, so I don't know where they go And, well, unfortunately, unfortunately, person who really has the most experience in that position is true.
So you would expect him to be the guy to go into that position, not just because he has the most experience in terms off playing their last year in the Nickelback world that Syria has had, but also you gotta remember that call lose status is still in question as well.
We won't know if he's gonna be able to, uh, jump on the field until we snap the ball.
Um, so and if you even if he is available.
You might want to still to come at the boundary safety position because the rover is a very demanding position, not just in coverage but in terms off being a secondary anchor to the run.
And we have a lot more experience or experience running back upset, that free safety role if trail moves out of there.
I mean, there's been plenty of other people that have played free safety versus, uh, it's pretty much trilling Kohli that have apparently jihad Carter that have worked the, uh, the rover boundary safety year old.
So, um, yeah, definitely.
Uh, something to watch for a new A six thing to watch. For.
What? Yeah, no one.
I don't think anyone wants to elect for here we are.
No, no, not at all.
So if you talked about Syracuse taking advantage of matchups, where do you see some? Some advantages.
So, like I said in my five things, um, it z always the line with me, like whether it's offensive line or defensive line, it's always the line in this case, I think, especially with a mobile quarterback like Sims, you're gonna have a lot of weird looks.
You're gonna have a lot of things we haven't seen.
And you want your linebackers and your those safeties that we're talking about much more free to, um, reading react to what Sims is doing.
And I mean, in in having a I'm not gonna say subpar, but somewhat we've seen offensive line.
It should allow Bear and Black and Jonathan, too.
Basically take two men and require a double team.
And if they could require a double team, it allows somebody's free in that second level on back in that secondary.
So I think that's gonna be one of the biggest keys to containing Sims and containing that run game, too.
So, um, that that was kind of the big thing I noted on the other side, it's also not the best defensive front we've seen.
So maybe our offensive line won't look as much like a sieve is they have in the first two games.
And they've got 33 key defensive guys out today to along the defensive line.
Yeah, but that's the key to the to the 335 Working as well is the defensive line in particular, bear commanding the attention of the offensive linemen and him forcing guys to pay attention him and respect him so that the guys who like the Michael Joneses and the Stefan Thompson's of the world, can freely, exactly guys who are holding the ball.
Um, and that's something we haven't necessarily seen Bear do over the first two weeks is really commanded attention that he probably should receive in terms of a bruising those tackle that just carves up the offensive line.
We've seen him here and there from Kingsley, Jonathan and John, Josh Black, but not so much from Bear.
And if he can command a bit more attention, that's your great.
They helping nullifying Georgia Texas rushing attack with bare like you said, U N C he you saw it a little more out of against you and see last week he was matched up.
If anyone doesn't know he was matched up against Jimmy Morrissey for Pitt, who was probably Oh, yeah, that's the best or close to the best center in college football.
So it's understandable.
Last week he didn't look quite as good.
He looked a little better against U N. C.
He should be should be in prime form this week that to get responsibility for the 335 nose is a very, very important role in that could be the key to opening everything else up.
We've gone this far and we haven't talked about Syracuse's offense.
That's that progress, progress, progress.
Is that us Just ignoring the elephant in the room? I think we kind of ignored it.
But progress is a good word.
What, What? What would you like to see in terms of progress for the orange when they have the ball this week? We talked a lot about it, um, during the week.
But more check downs.
Aiken Just looking for five yards every play, not looking for not looking forward to 10 yards.
The home run throws every single play because it seems like if you look at a circus, opponents U.
N C and pit their offenses, excelled and having guys stop on hook routes and having running backs leak out on check downs and gaining a couple of yards here and there just to keep the change moving on.
That seems like in the past, that has been Syracuse is most effective way to move the ball.
Even when you had struggling offenses in the past, they were still able to get a couple yards here and there because their receivers were on Lee going about 3 to 5 yards upfield, stopping on a dime, turning back and looking for the past from a Dutch er DaVita.
So 10 Syracuse Can the Syracuse playbook evolved a little bit more to allow this to happen? Is that on the veto? Staying on his first read too long? Because he usually wants to look for that home run ball.
Look for that home run touchdown passes that you can show off his strong arm.
Maybe that's the reason.
All sorts of because the pocket collapses too quickly that the video can move off his first.
Read that quickly.
It's tough to say, but I think that's really the key.
We want to see Syracuse not look for 10 yards plus every single, uh, somewhere in between that and the old three yards and a cloud of dirt way don't need that run up the middle.
That constant zone right zone left right off, right off the center.
If we're not getting anything from it.
If we are then yet how in the hell out of it, but, uh, like you're saying, you know, set up those is a stereotypical is it sounds set up.
Those third and short set up those, you know, second, manageable, third and short.
Um, it really changes what you can do with the playbook.
And we haven't seen much of the playbook because we've been in situations where we haven't been able to open it up.
You know you can when your second along third along you can kind of look to those outs and that's about it or play it safe.
And we've been That's about what we've been doing.
So hopefully, hopefully that changes a little, and hopefully we can see a little more of the offense.
So I know the offense is designed to spread the field and then take advantage.
Force the defense to decide what they're going to cover.
I would like to see a little bit different.
Look, I know that they try to run some formations and look to set up something later in the game or later in the season.
But David Hale had a stat on Twitter he shared yesterday, compared Miami and Syracuse, and both offensive lines have allowed similar amounts of pressure.
But there are Kings numbers under pressure compared to Tommy DeVito's.
And obviously I'm not trying to compare the two styles because King is a little bit more of a threat running the ball been DeVito, but just I think, you know, leaking the running backs of the tight ends.
If they're into block initially, you know, don't have them hold the block there.
They're not being effective in the past blocking.
Um, you know, have to our Jordan chip and then release And then, you know, Coach to veto that.
If his first reads not there, then he should have that dump off to the back who should have some space and some room.
And and even if it's just to slow the pass rush a little bit, maybe it's just to get to veto a little bit of confidence because it seems like a soon as the pressure comes and he, you know, talks he's not keeping his eyes downfield.
He's not looking, you know, he's looking for a scene to run, and, you know, it just seemed shellshocked.
People said something I noticed when I was doing the re watch for the offensive line is for one.
There's a good bit of like you said.
I think it's a bit of shell shocked.
A veto of he gets off his first reading instead of snapping to his second read or snap into something else.
He just tux and doesn't want to die.
Um, over the past two years, it's totally understandable why that's his reaction.
But if he can, uh, if you can find some because there were probably against Pitt, I think three of the *** were probably stuff he could have gotten a playoff.
Um, the edge rush was very rough.
And that's one thing I really want to key in on.
Whether it was just a very bad matchup for current service last week, or if that was something that we're going to see if we way see people start pinning, uh, pin interiors back and just coming off of his edge, especially on DeVito's blindside.
That's something that Cavanagh needs to fix ASAP, because last week I saw a senior that was just opening his hips and was not making his kick steps and was not opening any space and doing everything you're not supposed to do against attack on it.
I'd rush, um, or as attack against the nets rush.
Um, how that affects the veto.
Not being able to trust his blind side.
That really hurts.
So everyone thought last year was federal.
Those issue this year, it's We saw the same thing out of service.
He looked fine against the same thing, maybe slightly different against UNC.
So week to week, we're seeing very different issues out of a lot of different players on this offense, which is mildly concerning, but also seems to be something that we can maybe work with.
So and you and you saw when, uh, when Syracuse quite pit last week.
Kind of your to your point, Steve, uh, country has the tendency to when he feels the pressure, just tuck and run.
What we saw from Kenny Picket last week is he would get out of the pocket but then rolled to his right or to his left and continue to look downfield before deciding to escape with the ball.
If he needed Thio.
And you had a lot of free edge rushers from Syracuse get to picking quickly, but because he rolled out to his right or to his left.
He extended to play long enough to allow his receivers to make a couple of place to get open and find a passing lane for him.
And I think that's what the bill needs to do more as well.
Not necessarily once he feels the pressure to the ball downfield, but roll out to his right or to his left and look for a pass, which could also increases longevity through the season and maybe get some confidence back as well.
So it's the home opener.
Obviously, there's no fans there, but we've got a renovated dome.
New sound system.
Oh, yeah, the renovated building, renovated stadium, Its's the Wegmans.
It's the Wegman stadium sponsored by aliens.
Actually, Uh huh.
Mhm the place where they play football and basketball and lacrosse and maybe soccer and field hockey thinks year.
Uh, but anyway, um, do you think being home is, uh, still an advantage? Um, for a younger Syracuse team, I think I think I think it is because because especially with all the covert restrictions, travel is still pretty strict in terms off, like making people uncomfortable in terms of getting out of their comfort zone.
I mean when you're I can speak from experience as a freshman not too long ago is that you're really comfortable being in Syracuse, I would say, even with social distancing being required, it's still very comfortable place just to be at home.
And I think that as bad has a lot to do with just keeping composed on the field as well they're in.
And you've been in an area for the past week where, you know, um basically the environment that you're bitter being on.
I think being comfortable there, even though it's a new scenery that most of these guys are going to be playing around, it's still Syracuse.
You're not traveling on Friday to arrive late at a hotel.
Uh, Saturday, Um, and I think that Comfort actually can play a lot in helping helping Syracuse maybe stay a little bit more composed.
It's definitely gonna be a factor.
I mean, especially with the way New York State is the way they've been traveling is 24 hour turnaround and to, you know, pop on a plane or, well, todo and see him and pit the last two weeks.
Get their run to your hotel, have your meetings, crash, wake up game back here like that's a completely disrupted everything like Christian was saying it's not.
It's not conducive to stand in your routine routine, staying in your mental state of where you wanna be.
Um, I know, like when I was playing the three, we did bus trips most of the time, and any time it was an overnight like, not the same.
But any time it was an overnight versus a day bus trip, the day boat trip always seemed a little weirder because you're traveling and then you're at the stadium and then you're going.
And then so these condensed condensed travel schedules really, I think we'll have in effect.
And I don't know what Georgia Tech is doing.
You know, Georgia doesn't have the same restrictions New York does this year.
Um, e don't know if George has any restrictions to be fair, but they you know, if they're not up here like normally, they'd come on Thursday.
That stay they do, You know, it's an extended get used to the area, get used to the field, play, go home.
Um, so I think that will definitely have an impact.
The only the only other thing, too, is with the new sight lines and the new roof.
It's probably more of, Ah, more of an issue with basketball that would be for football.
But some of the young guys definitely don't have experience playing in that building.
So thankfully, they at least got that Thursday practice and the Babers was saying.
But other than that, it might be, it might be different all around for everybody.
And keep in mind Georgia Tech has a program hasn't traveled to New York State in almost 100 years.
Last time they were in New York State period was in 1925 when they played Penn State at the old Yankee Stadium.
And before that, the only other time they played in New York state was at the Polo Grounds in 1921 when they also played bad state.
So as a program just in general, this is something they're not used.
A elongated trip north, Not maybe the regional trip this early in the season to a you know, in state conference, but in ST FCS school that they would just rollover eso.
This in itself will be a challenge also to not just the Georgia Tech freshman.
Also, to the experience of Georgia Tech players, um, in terms of a very unique style, travel as well so that complaints to Syracuse's hands as well Alright, how about predictions for today? I called Adobe does.
Yeah, the question now becomes, Does any of us change their predictions? Now that Cisco availability is questioned? I'm gonna e think it's a factor because I think he was a player that could take definitely bait stems in tow, thinking something was open and then closing on the ball really quickly.
Um, I expect Georgia Tech to get some plays in the running game, but I look for the Syracuse offense, toe hit something, you know, to hit something early to gain some momentum.
And I think that they're going to squeak out a close win today.
Yeah, I Cisco is probably more of a impact.
Then I'm letting on, but I do think we still have.
I think we still got the talent.
Thio actually come out with the wind whether we dio that's gonna be a lot of factors, but I don't I don't think that changes my score too much.
Um, it probably should, but it isn't.
I'm going to stick with what I went with, which was, I think, 24 17 or so.
So I just received news on the Twitter feed that a five star defensive line transfer for Georgia Tech.
I hope I'm saying that right will be available for Georgia Tech today.
I'm not sure how much that helps them are not in the rushing it in terms off, uh, rushing the passing lines in terms off, upsetting DaVita.
But even with maybe that edition for Georgia Tech, that's a key addition or not whether ciscos, um, injury may impact Syracuse even more.
I still had Syracuse losing this game.
I think I was the only one on the new tradition staff so high, I am now joining the disloyal idiots gang.
Um, your tradition.
Um uh, I'm glad to be aboard, but yeah, I did pick Georgia Tech 16.
Ironically, the scored at Georgia Tech one by against Florida State during opening week, but nonetheless, I think, until, from what I said in the projection production, until we see something new, the Syracuse offense that proves to us that they consistently get first downs and move down the field.
And if we can consistently see some better play calling in the red zone until we see that I'm not at all that confident that a week of practice we'll be able to turn around the offensive issues that we saw and U N C on Dim Pit, I think the defense will be stronger.
I think it's gonna be a much lower scoring games, and I think a lot of people I have predicted.
But even with that, I still think Syracuse just barely doesn't get by just because the offense is still a big question.
Yeah, yeah, extremely fair points that I don't disagree with in any way, shape or form.
I think the orange bellied glass is the only thing keeping me from, uh, from, um, saying that Cisco is gonna be a huge impact to Yeah, I'm fully an irrational optimism right now.
I'm a you know, uh, now where there's no chance we're gonna win.
So yeah, so I guess One last reminder to people watching this dream you're gonna have to switch streams to watch this game.
So either a C C network extra or Fox Sports go.
So make sure you will leave your time to switch in terms for and get over there.
Yeah, a little tip for everybody.
If if you go to the huge football Twitter account, which is accused football, they have tweeted out extreme leg, which you can click on that will take you straight to the ESPN three stream link that's available for this game.
Um, I believe from what I've actually seen that you have to be on the fox sports go app on your mobile device motor watching Fox Sports go, not the website s o.
The only way to watch it on the Web.
From what I've seen, potentially is just through the ESPN streaming site.
Love it, you know, have the entire agency network and join us and joining us in the game thread already.
So I guess in that case, thanks for tuning in and go orange, toe orange Oh, orange.