The Syracuse University football team is 3-0 and coming off of a decisive 30-7 win over Florida State.
Tomorrow, the Orange will face a former Big East foe when the UConn Huskies visit the Carrier Dome.
Below, NewsChannel 9 Sports Director Steve Infanti breaks down the keys to an SU victory:
Coming off of a big win over Florida State, Syracuse now takes a step down in competition this week.
UConn is 1-2 on the season with its lone win coming by a touchdown over an FCS school, Rhode Island.
The Huskies allowed 49 points to URI last weekend and that’s been a trend so far.
Connecticut is giving up an average of 55.7 points and 673 yards per game – both rank dead last in the country.
That helps explain why Syracuse is favored by four touchdowns.
If this SU team is capable of dominating an ACC opponent the way it did last week, there’s no reason the Orange shouldn’t do the same thing to a struggling UConn squad.
If Syracuse comes ready to play, this game should be in hand rather quickly.
Week 2 Repeat
Along those lines, this contest kind of has the same feel as the Wagner game a couple of weeks back.
The goal that day was for the starters to get their work in and build a big lead, for the younger guys to get some valuable experience, and for everyone to get out of that game healthy.
Syracuse succeeded in all three areas against the Seahawks which helped set the stage for last week’s performance against Florida State.
The same goals apply to this weekend with the mighty Clemson Tigers next up on the schedule.
Exploit the Inexperience
There’s a simple explanation for the gaudy numbers that are being allowed by the UConn defense this season.
The Huskies are young — extremely young.
Randy Edsall is back at Connecticut trying to rebuild the program. His approach is to essentially start over.
There is a chance that UConn will start all freshmen and sophomores on defense against the Orange.
The lone junior who may start is defensive tackle Kevin Murphy.
He’s listed as the co-starter at his position with true freshman Travis Jones.
If Jones gets the nod, that will put five true freshman on the field to start the game against Eric Dungey and company.
The SU offense needs to take advantage of that youth and make the Huskies pay early and often for their inexperience.