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How you guys feeling about this game? Surprisingly good here.
Um, probably the first time all year I could say that.
So I'm not gonna complain at all.
Uh, definitely looking forward to this one, um, borrowing a couple of a couple of other issues.
Yeah, well, we can definitely get to those issues in a bit, but I think the question everyone still asking is how Vegas still sees cues as an underdog in this matchup.
I'm not sure what the line is right now, but midweek, I know it was up to 2.
5 3 point underdogs for cues.
So how exactly that works? I'm not quite sure, but I think if you if you've seen all the prediction thread from all the Syracuse media guys.
Not just us that nutrition, but at Syracuse dot com and at the Daily Orange.
I think most people are feeling pretty confident about Syracuse's chances in this game.
Well, I think part of the reason that Vegas is really low is, um, kind of what's been going on. The pregame threads.
It looks like Andre Cisco is out for another week.
He was injured pregame versus before the Georgia Tech game, had a collision with a teammate, and it looks like that injury might be a serious.
Is Mike McAllister from Sports Illustrated kind of, uh, illuminated their hinted at? I guess I should say he kind of shed some light on the situation that it might be some long term injuries.
Um uh, or for truly eyes going to be at out for this one.
It seems like no update on whether that's Covic related on whether that's injury related.
But the only one is not the only one is injury related.
One. It's injury related. He has a boot on his left foot.
That'd be a pretty good Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, that would do it.
And, uh, that means that Syracuse is now down well, not their two best members of the secondary, but definitely probably the two most consistent members of the secondary when it comes to pure coverage.
And we can kind of start with that in our pre game.
Four things to watch for Since John is out, we cut it down from 5 to 41 of my thing was specifically, How does Syracuse kind of cope with on without Andres Cisco? Now that there's a little bit of film on what Syracuse does without him? But now we have the coolie injury to it.
You've got some or an experience kind of playing back there.
I'm not necessarily super worried, but this is definitely starting to get into the range of Chase.
Bryce has shown flashes of being a really good quarterback, and if he happens to have those flashes this week, it could spell some serious trouble in the passing defense.
Christian, what do you what your thoughts it comes down to? Where do you think chase prices on the A.
C C quarterback ranking skills is the more towards the Jeff Sims level of pastor or the Kenny picket level of pastor.
And to your point, we've seen both sides from Chase Price this year where we spend the Jeff since turnover prone type of quarterback.
But he's also been to Kenny pick it type of quarterback to find the open repair.
He's falls on that spectrum of the scale, uh, but really decide how well Duke's offense performs in this game because we saw Jihad Carter, the guy who's filling in for Erica Lee on but the boundary safety role.
You had an awful game against Pitt, um, where a picket found him in one on one coverage, out of position multiple times but against Georgia Tech, Uh, Sims couldn't take advantage of any of those mismatches that were caused by Carter's and experience, so he didn't look as bad in the Georgia Tech game.
So that's where the Syracuse defense is gonna rely on its Mawr.
So how well does Chase of Rice decided to perform today? Yeah, and the one thing we have going for us outside of which type of quarterback decides to show up in Bryce is the fact that he doesn't have that Travis at the end and that receiving corps that he had when he beat Syracuse that first time the weapons undo her nowhere near what Clemson was working with.
So that's definitely a bit of, ah, feather in the cap trying to come up with the, uh, idiom for that.
But yeah, that'll that'll be.
That'll be something that'll help the Orange compared to last time we saw Chase Price.
Yeah, and on the opposite side of the ball, Tommy DeVito showcased in the Georgia Tech game that the Syracuse offense is probably going to be at its best when it's connecting on big plays.
Uh, the efficiency is definitely not there.
I know that earlier this week we all kind of shared the graphic.
I forget who had the original staff, but show that Syracuse was basically the absolute worst offense when it came to efficiency.
So far this season.
Obviously, Cem tough opponents have not helped that.
But even when things were going right against Georgia Tech, the offense was just running was just not running efficiently.
And so, Steve, your thing to watch for this week was getting the ball out of, um, Tommy DeVito's hands quicker, which is not something that we've really seen a ton of this year.
Do you wanna kind of elaborate on what you're hoping to see out of the red shirts? Junior quarterback today? Yeah.
I mean, he way all know at this point what we're looking at this season so far without me to veto when he's got the time to stay upright, he's making some passes.
He's looking decent.
He had a solid game against Georgia Tech, nothingto, you know, bang the doors down with.
But he was a serviceable quarterback.
Um, put two balls on the money over the top.
If we can keep him upright, we should be in good shape.
The problem being with that is you have democracy and Rumph, who are two of the best edge rushers in the league against um too.
I mean, burst rounds of solid tackling services.
A solid tackle, um, depends on how they line up against, uh, service and whether or not they put, you know, a speed rush on his side.
Or, you know, they take advantage of some of the mismatches they could possibly create.
Um, overall, they have a good ad rush.
We've had trouble keeping our quarterback on his feet.
Um, on the other side of the ball, though the one nice thing is they also have had trouble keeping the quarterback on their feet.
So hopefully our guys get to Bryce.
As much as we're hoping there, guys don't get to Bryce, and that, I'm sure, makes no sense.
But we're going to go with on partially.
Also, we've We've talked about it multiple times is that the vetoes gotta move on quicker from his first greed.
He tends to sit on that way too long.
That continues to be the case, even throughout the beginning of the year, even if there was an issue in the first two games in Georgia Tech, not so much because fascinating did look a little better.
But he still had a lot of times where he was so sitting on his first green.
You can't do that when you have to make A J and rump charging in on you.
Um, the key is also is that, um, Babers and the veto kind of know what they're going to get from Duke's defense? Neighbors said that the in his weekly press conference that Dude's gonna play man to man, and so that should give to be the veto more opportunity to identify the matchups and identify when a guy has gotten beat because you know, he's got the receivers to beat a man on man on man coverage.
We saw that with Heritages.
Harris is and 19 Johnson's touchdowns last week.
So as long as he can quickly identify that, okay, this guy's beating his man, and this guy hasn't beaten his man.
That should help them stay upright as well.
Yeah, that's a really good point on that wide on that man on man stuff.
It is a lot easier to tell, and Duke David Cutcliffe has done a tremendous job at Duke in general.
But this is definitely a year where we're seeing Cutcliffe kind of be that stubborn old coach who won't really move on from his system, even when the system isn't working the way it's supposed.
Thio Um, now, in my experience of being a Syracuse fan, this is the week that Duke suddenly comes out with some kind of zone look that they've been practicing and didn't tell anybody about.
But as if Cutcliffe sticks to his current you know, plan.
I think that this will be a little bit easier for DeVito this week? Um, yes, Stephen, You were sorry I cut you off that you were about toe say something related to that man on man stuff.
Maura, about DeVito getting getting past his first read, uh, like was mentioned.
I mean, even with the pressure.
Well, without the pressure last week, he definitely look good.
Even with the added pressure.
If the linebackers aren't and secondary, aren't you the same quality that way? Saw out of UNC and, uh, especially pit.
Uh, I got a hunch he's gonna have a little easier time getting through his check tones.
I don't think he'll have the pressure coming through the middle like he did against you and see most of the pressure's gonna be outside.
So any of the stuff that's designed as a quick read should be open, um, or at least able to get through a progression or two.
So, um, that's that's all I was going for.
And I think I think that's a really important aspect to because I think a lot of people are going thio, um, if if things go well for Syracuse today, there's gonna be a lot of questions about what is the secret recipe, and I do think that this is very much a situation where it's match.
It's going to match up dependent week to week Onda At least in this week, it's a little bit easier of a matchup.
Um inthe e aspect of DeVito will be able to make quick reads and decide if a guy's open or not, Um and kind of, you know, evolving from that Christian.
Your big thing was that the you and Kevin both kind of talked about the first down struggles that Syracuse has had this year and how important that is.
You want to elaborate a little bit on the emergence of Sean Tucker and how how much that has helped Syracuse kind of improve in this one area that was atrocious in the first two weeks.
Yeah, it kind of works to fold in both Kevin's Point, which was getting yards on first down to set up third and short opportunities or second advantage of opportunities in my point, which is actually getting those conversions on first down, uh, to Kevin's point first, that's where Tucker really really helps in terms of making sure that Syracuse is in a comfortable position where, UM, I think there was a step that I think David Hale tweeted, um, again on the picking, where Onley two of DeVito's only two of the Syracuse is third down.
Conversion opportunities were for less than five yards, which is not good for a team that is built on tempo and built on slowly moving down the field.
It also brings up the point that I made in.
My thing to watch is that while the big plays in the big touchdowns were nice against Georgia Tech, those were three of the four offensive touchdowns.
And that's not a healthy recipe for success.
Because the boom and bust plays is not necessarily the thing that Syracuse built itself upon.
It was built on slowly, chipping away bye, constantly putting pressure on defense to stop them moving the ball up the field.
That's what Tucker helps is, well, it's that he's shown an ability to fight for extra yardage and get the extra yards on first down and, conversely as well, getting extra yards on third down to get a first down conversion.
You take a look at my thing to watch.
Syracuse has 13 is averaging 13 1st downs again, which is a loan up.
It seems like a little number.
And then when you take a look at the conference medium heading into this week, Conference Media and was 23.
3 1st, that's working like that's a huge gap to see where Syracuse is trying toe convert on getting first downs and to the rest of the conference.
And so and that also, that's dead.
Last in the SEC second team is Duke, who has it was averaging 18 1st downs per game.
So just still see that enormous gulf between Syracuse and the rest of the A.
It's still something that Syracuse who needs to work on.
I don't necessarily think that will be a problem against it because I still think, especially with the talented receivers that Syracuse has, the big plays are available for them, especially as we talked about in the man on man coverage with the talented receivers that Syracuse has.
But, um, this is this presents a great opportunity for Syracuse toe work on getting those first down conversions and also setting themselves up to get those first down conversions toe watch the ball up the field.
Now you did mention the talented wideouts.
Um, I'll be interested to see if we can take advantage of some of these matchup problems.
May be walking with Benson out getting a linebacker pulled out with him.
Um, using some of that.
The size and speed mismatches that we're going to see with the talented whiteouts and tight ends.
Maybe utilize some of the tight ends a little more again.
You know, the snowball cut fire at the beginning of last game and then proceeded to Peter out.
Sorry for all you guys having Greg grounds and flashbacks right now, but you're not allowed to do that.
Yeah, e wish I could say it wasn't intentional, but, uh, yeah, no, if we can, we can take advantage of some of that.
That will be be a big key toe getting out of some of those third century type situations that we found ourselves in recently.
Um, yeah, I think this is all really, really good ****ysis, and I always go to Bill sees SP plus rankings because they basically three offensive ranking is basically a combination of how efficient are you and how good are you at creating explosive plays, and even when when Syracuse is at its best.
It's somewhere in the mid in the mid forties on offense because they're never really as efficient as they need to be.
But there's but they're explosiveness is way higher because they're just getting more opportunities to be explosive.
And the offense just leads to that.
Syracuse is currently 102nd.
Um uh, Duke is 117 so if you're you're, I know a lot of us were kind of predicting some high scoring.
You think there is an opportunity here that this game might end up being a little bit more of a rock fight that we want to admit? I really want.
I wanna pivot this conversation really quickly because shoutout to my friend Shari, who just sent me Stephen Bailey's pregame tweets, which have some really interesting information.
I want to get to before kickoff because Steve, this is right up your alley.
According to Bailey, Syracuse's starting tackles have flipped aside for the skeleton pregame.
Aaron surveys is now on the right, and Matthew Bergeron is now on the left side.
Um, do you think that this is because of the matchup that we're going tohave against those Duke defensive ends.
I'm curious because it may be partly because of what I kind of saw the last couple of weeks with service, kind of not being the best against a any sort of outside rush.
And that way it puts it on DeVito's strong side or actual visual side instead of being blindsided with it.
So I don't know.
That's that's a very, very ballsy Manu for this late in the game.
It might be a matchup issue.
It might be just what they're feeling.
So, um, I'm gonna have an interesting chart this week. I'm pretty sure.
Yeah. Onda from the depth option.
Patrick Davis is officially on a s****** wearing a boot, so I do not think that he is anywhere near coming back.
I know this was a name that we have kind of talked about as a depth option that we were kind of hoping on.
Maybe this is the week, maybe next week.
It definitely sounds like we're gonna be waiting until later to see him last week.
And Joshua Loa was the backup guard s, so I was able to see him still in that role.
He was actually in on one of the touchdown plays.
I remember literally texting the slack room, being like, Is that Joshua? Like, Why is he there? Um, but yeah, hopefully, You know, we get both of the Davises back soon.
Um, Dakota's been out all year.
Hopefully we can get him back as the presumptive starter.
But then, uh, Pat Davis was the past two years.
A very strong backup option.
So it kind of hurts a little on the depth front.
And then Christian on the mawr.
More offensive, interesting wrinkles being laid out here.
Bailey saying that freshman slot receiver Trevor Payne a is warming up at running back.
Which now means that that running back group includes Sean Tucker, Mark NZ, Pierre and Cooper Lulz are all taking warm ups right now in the running back position.
Does not say anything about Jor Jordan or Jarvie on Howard.
Yeah, well, we know we know Howard that opted out along with Adams at the beginning of the season, but but Jordan, um, Baber said he had an owie at the beginning at the beginning of the Georgia Tech game which allowed Tucker to come in and take over the rushing attack.
It was interesting to note.
Also is that Babers said that if Jordan wasn't banged up, injured off after that first Georgia Tech after that first possession for Syracuse against Georgia Tech that he felt like Jordan could have put up similar numbers to Tucker in that game.
So whether that was a reflection of how Jordan was improving any camp, how the offensive line was improving under blocking, we're not quite sure.
But you can see it.
Za death concerned right now as well for Syracuse, is that they need to pull out all the stops in order to make sure that they're just healthy enough to feel the necessary players that they can, Just in case another thing should happen.
Um, injury wise.
And you can see it's already decimated the death for Syracuse on both sides of the ball.
Um, not just on the offense, but on the defense.
Yeah, Speaking of the defense, amazing transition.
Their defense didn't do a skeleton drill.
Warm up. Instead, they just broke down and ran.
Ran where? Stony.
I guess he's means Tony White point.
For what it's worth, true freshman Ben Libros is dressed and warming up.
He did not dress against Georgia Tech, had a strong camp and could fill the void left by Cisco and Coolie, according to Stephen Bayley.
So again, to your debt point, it looks like they really are starting to bring out all the players who are healthy and played well at any point in time.
Um, do you Do you have any feelings on Lobos? I I honestly didn't really hear a whole lot about him.
And can I actually do? Because I think he could come in? I could.
He could realistically come in for the Carter Hannah because he was on the too deep at the beginning of the year, Um, on.
But he was not just interest against Georgia Tech, but he was also injured against Pitt.
I don't think he traveled with the on the on the accused roster to the pit came.
So, um, I could realistically see him getting good playing time for either Carter or hand on whether whoever that might decide to be, yeah, they were pregame Bailey had some video or maybe wasn't bailing.
It was somebody from the deal was showing Hannah was doing a lot of the starting warmup drills.
So I'm assuming that Hannah will be first choice.
I thought he played really well against Georgia Tech.
I know pro football focus didn't love him as much.
Um, but yeah, this is going to be a really interesting game in terms of who actually gets snaps, obviously, warm ups or warm ups.
Just making sure everybody's ready to go.
But it definitely sounds like we might see some new names.
And again, something that Steve you and I have talked about on our Sunday shows.
Syracuse is just opting to go young.
If you're a young player and you're gonna be around this program for a few years, it looks like this is your year that you're going to get an opportunity to play.
Yeah, yeah, and someone like Barbra's will actually slide in like Christian was saying Pretty.
He was originally projected to be above Greenwood and a couple other players, and that actually think about Hannah, too, right in the starting free safety role.
So where he slots in? You know, Carter looked much better last week.
Rob handle looked pretty solid last week.
Um, I thought Hannah was probably, if not the best player in the defense.
He was close to it as far as the secondary.
Um, so it'll be It'll be very, very interesting to see where who gets the snaps and who kind of loses some snaps at this point.
Because you've got a lot of young talent.
Yeah, this is gonna be really I think this is actually gonna turn out to be one of the more interesting games.
Not that Georgia Tech game wasn't interesting, but the Georgia Tech game was basically Sean Tucker.
And then we kind of saw a lot of the same faces that we were expecting.
It definitely seems like today we might see some actual rotations among all the different position groups on DSO based off of my what I've got.
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Uh, speaking of good times, let's talk about predictions for this game.
We all were unanimous in our A C C picks this week.
Except for Kevin, who picked Georgia Tech to defeat Louisville.
He will win this week's prediction standings, but focusing on the Syracuse game because remember, he did pick the other upset, too.
So we'll see how that I'm assuming I'm assuming it will be even.
It'll be a push after this week.
I would assume so as well, eh? So let's talk about our predictions for this game Christian.
We're gonna start with you.
You predicted a Syracuse win, 31 to 10.
Have you cooled on Syracuse? Any better? You still feeling pretty confident? Um, maybe by a touchdown.
Um, just because of, uh I'm not sure how efficient is gonna be now with maybe a bit more injuries.
But I still think Duke is not the same offense that Georgia Tech was.
So I still think Duke's even though, uh, even though circus is losing a lot of guys on the defense due to injury, I still think the defense is much worse than the Georgia Tech defense.
That's a succinct and probably accurate ****ysis.
Steve, you had Syracuse winning 34 to 20 up.
Do you want to soften that prediction at all? Are you still feeling pretty confident? Uh, probably lower it on both ends, Like I That spread doesn't seem horrible to me, you know, like Christian said Touchdown.
In this case, two touchdowns.
Yeah, it's a Sergey is gonna win.
I just have no idea how much like that seemed right off the bat, but yeah, dukes probably not gonna put up the numbers.
Um, that you might not either if the way things are sounding, Uh, yeah, I'll us **** with it.
What the heck? Yeah, I had Well, I had 31 28.
I'd like to hedge that way down.
I think it's gonna be something more like 21 17 or something.
I think that we're in for a defensive slugfest.
Maybe a couple of turnovers.
Um, DeVito? Definitely.
I don't necessarily think he's been struggling with turnovers so far.
I think there's been a lot of trying to force things, Um, but I do think that we're due for a Syracuse game.
They've been really good at protecting the ball with fumble luck this this year.
Something that went really well for them in 2018 didn't go so well for them last year.
I feel like Law of Averages said that you're gonna have one of these games were just fumbles.
Don't go your way.
We've seen some sloppy special teams work up until this point on the receiving ends.
Eso I'm I just I think it's gonna be a low scoring game.
I still think Syracuse wins will make it a clean sweep here, but I am interested to see what happens overall now, with all these different injuries and all these new players getting some playing Pac and just like that behind me, I see that we have the dome.
We have some players warming up.
It looks like everybody's out on the field this time.
So we might actually have on time kick off this week, which is great.
So I'm gonna leave it to everybody to g o turn on whatever Regional Sports Network is carrying this week's game for you and, uh, RSN nooner RSS, but doesn't Golden ticket.
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Well, thank you guys.
So much for joining us, Christian.
Thank you so much.
You're gonna have the game recap with quotes from Babers and the players.
Steve, you're gonna have the takeaways after this game is over, I'll have the quick recap.
So this won't be the last time you hear our words in some way, shape or form today and go orange.
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