2. KEYS TO THE SEASON
Biggest Key To The Syracuse Offense
Give Tommy DeVito time to work. Granted, Eric Dungey was mobile enough to try making things happen that weren’t there, but he was also scrambling for his life at times behind a line that allowed way too many sacks and way too many plays in the backfield.
Even with three starters gone, this is a decent line that should be fine for the ground game, but DeVito isn’t Dungey when it comes to taking off. He’s a terrific passer who’s going to need a little while to work. Give him an extra beat or two, and he’ll light it up with this great receiving corps.
Biggest Key To The Syracuse Defense
Hold up against the teams that will commit to the run. The secondary might have had the most problems – the Orange finished 115th in the nation in pass defense – but it made up for a slew of the errors with interceptions. The run D was generally fine, but there were issues when it got ripped up.
The Orange had Clemson all but dead, but they couldn’t stop Travis Etienne and a Tiger ground attack that cranked out close to 300 yards. The following week, Pitt’s great backs went for 265 and three scores in the win. Western Michigan’s running game rolled up almost nine yards per carry and put up points in bunches in the 55-42 loss to SU.
Maryland, Clemson, and Western Michigan are all on the slate in September.
Key Player To A Successful Season
QB Tommy DeVito, Soph.
Dungey might have missed a bit too much time hurt over the course of his career, but last year he was a machine, throwing for close to 2,900 yards and 18 scores with 754 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns.
The 6-2, 207-pound DeVito isn’t the runner Dungey was, but he’s a pure passer who can wing the ball all over the yard. He’s experienced enough to be ready to handle the job, and now it’s his team to run for the next few years.
Key Game To The Syracuse Season
Clemson, Sept. 14
Including Alabama, no one has been better against Clemson over the last two seasons. The Orange swarmed all over the Tigers in a 27-24 win two seasons ago, and they were one stop away from taking them down last year.
In both games, SU knocked out the starting quarterback – Kelly Bryant and then Trevor Lawrence – and this time around, the defending national champs might come in a little beaten up after playing Texas A&M the week before.
– Syracuse Schedule Breakdown & Analysis
2018 Syracuse Fun Stats
– 2nd Quarter Scoring: Syracuse 124 – Opponents 47
– 3rd Down Conversions: Syracuse 80-of-198 (40%) – Opponents 50-of-178 (28%)
– Points Off Turnovers: Syracuse 108 – Opponents 40