Syracuse Football: Going in-depth on No. 16 ‘Cuse hosting Notre Dame – Inside the Loud House

Syracuse Football: Going in-depth on No. 16 ‘Cuse hosting Notre Dame – Inside the Loud House

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On Saturday afternoon, our 16th-ranked Syracuse football Irish are led by quarterback Drew Pyne, who was ushered into action due to an injury to starting QB Tyler Buchner, who was hurt during the Marshall game. Just by looking at the stats, it seems Pyne has done a fine job. He has completed 93-of-146 passes, which is good for a 63.7% completion percentage.
He has thrown for 12 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. His favorite target is the Orange have the 13th ranked defense in America giving up just 294.7 yards per game with the Irish coming in at 31st and surrendering 341.4 yards per game. The Orange are No. 10 in pass defense allowing only 171.4 passing yards per game while the Irish come in at the 35th spot allowing 202 passing yards per game. Both teams have weaker rush defenses than pass defenses.
Syracuse football isn’t exactly poor in the run-stopping department, but the pass defense is still much better. The Orange are allowing 123.3 rush yards per game, which is good for 38th in the country. The Irish have been a little worse at stopping the run, allowing 139.4 rushing yards per game to opposing teams, which is good for 62nd in the country.
Offensively, Syracuse football has been disappointing as far as running the ball goes considering they have one of the best running backs in college football in Sean Tucker. Syracuse comes in at 45th in the nation running the football with 179.3 rushing yards per game. Notre Dame comes in two spots below Syracuse football at 47th with 178.1 rushing yards per game with the three-headed monster at running back. Syracuse football comes in at 73rd in passing offense, gaining 232.1 yards per game through the air.
Somehow, Notre Dame is ranked below Syracuse with the 100th-ranked passing offense with 207.1 yards per game. Long story short, neither of these two offenses is lighting the world on fire and the defense is the strength of both teams.
My assessment and prediction 
As a Syracuse fan, my heart is obviously going to tell me to pick Syracuse. But it’s more than my heart. It’s my head. Syracuse has been a more consistent football team all year. Despite the rankings on offense, Syracuse football has an established identity on offense. This is a run-first football team that relies on Sean Tucker to open up everything else.
Above all, this team has an identity as a team whose defense sets the tone of the game. They have guys like Garrett Williams and Duce Chestnut in the secondary leading the charge that will make life difficult for Drew Pyne. They will see that he locks in on Michael Mayer and shut it down. Notre Dame’s defense is definitely capable of making things tough for Syracuse offensively as well. But who will make one more play?
Syracuse football has a great track record in these games this year of being able to make one more play than their opponent and I think it happens here. I think 12th man will make communication impossible when the Irish has the ball, and Syracuse football will improve to 7-1.
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