Miami vs. Syracuse Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the Miami vs. Syracuse fearless prediction and game preview.
Miami (5-0) vs. Syracuse (4-3) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, October 21st
Game Time: 3:30 pm ET
Venue: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, FL
Syracuse took down the Atlantic lead dog, now can it handle the Coastal’s big star?
Beating Clemson was stunning, but it showed Syracuse really could play. Beat Miami on the road, though, and then the program will show that it’s put it all together under Dino Babers.
The Orange lost to NC State – they don’t control their own ACC destiny – but they can still screw things up. The schedule is way too tough to get through unscathed with a road game at Florida State in a few weeks, and with Wake Forest, at Louisville, and Boston College to face.
But if you can beat Clemson and Miami, you’re good enough to roll through everyone else.
Miami has proved its mental toughness in late thrillers against against Florida State and Georgia Tech, but on the down side, the team isn’t exactly roaring.
5-0 is 5-0, and the rest of the schedule isn’t all that bad. But just like Syracuse can show that it’s the real deal with a win, Miami can prove that it really is a big-time player in the College Football Playoff chase with a dominant performance.
One Reason Why Miami Will Win
Get ready for the Miami pass rush.
It hasn’t cooled over the last few weeks, but it didn’t totally dominate the Florida State game and didn’t have to crank it up against the Georgia Tech attack. However, the defense got into the backfield time and again, now ranking third in the nation in tackles for loss per game.
The Syracuse offensive front is among the worst in the ACC in allowing plays behind the line, and it’s getting rocked against teams with a good pass rush.
Yeah, Eric Dungey and the Orange passing game came through against Clemson, but the Tigers came up with six sacks and nine tackles for loss – Clelin Ferrell was a force.
Get ready for the Miami defense to win more than its share of battles as it cranks up the pressure on Dungey. He’s used to getting popped and still producing, but he’ll take several huge shots behind his leaky line.
One Reason Why Syracuse Will Win
Dungey has been fantastic.
He might be getting hit, but he’s still coming through and producing, generating several big plays against Clemson and bombing NC State and Pitt for 750 yards in the two games.
Miami’s secondary has only faced one team with a decent passing game – Toledo – and it gave up 344 yards and three scores. The only other team that could sort of throw – Florida State – did it with freshman James Blackman still trying to figure it all out.
Dungey has been terrific, partly due to a receiving corps that keeps on producing.
Steve Ishmael hit Clemson for a huge touchdown catch, making six grabs for 73 yards, and Ervin Phillips came up with a home run in his four-catch, 94-yard, one score day. The Orange receivers will pressure the Miami secondary with something it hasn’t dealt with all season long.
What’s Going To Happen
Syracuse is good enough to pull this off, but Miami is finding ways to get through the tough battles.
Will the Hurricanes have anything left in the tank after dealing with FSU and Georgia Tech? At home, Malik Rosier and the Cane offense will control the narrative, overcoming a few big plays from the Orange receiving corps with answers each time.
The Miami defensive front will rise up when it has to. And in the fourth quarter, it’ll have to do it a few times.
Miami vs. Syracuse Prediction
Miami 31, Syracuse 23
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