Syracuse vs. Western Michigan fearless prediction and game preview.
Syracuse vs. Western Michigan Broadcast
Date: Saturday, September 21
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY
Network: ACC Network
Syracuse (1-2) vs. Western Michigan (2-1) Game Preview
Why Western Michigan Will Win
The Syracuse offense isn’t working.
It’s not just that it stalled against Clemson, it struggled against Maryland and did stalled too often against Liberty, too. The ground attack hasn’t shown upset this season, the offensive line almost got QB Tommy DeVito killed against Clemson, and scoring has been like pulling teeth.
Western Michigan put up 17 points on the Michigan State defense. It was a 51-17 blowout, but the Spartans are giving up anything to anyone and the Broncos at least managed to get into the end zone twice.
The O is averaging over 500 yards per game and has the pop to get up early and make the struggling Orange attack to press.
Why Syracuse Will Win
The Orange are doing a decent job of taking the ball away, and they’re great at winning the field position battle.
What does a struggling offense and team need? It has to come up with several breaks and easy chances to capitalize on. The pass rush forces the mistakes, but it has to ramp it up even more against a Bronco line that’s not giving up a slew of plays behind the line.
Syracuse has the talent on offense, but it hasn’t been able to break out yet. The WMU run defense is way too soft and can be pounded on for at least 200 yards. The Orange have to commit to it early and start getting more physical. That hasn’t happened yet, but this is the game to bring it out. The O needs a positive identity, and …
What’s Going To Happen
This is the game for it to happen.
Western Michigan has a team good enough win the MAC, but the defense is suspect up front, getting hit hard by Michigan State and Georgia State for well over five yards per carry.
It’s not going to be a perfect performance by the Orange, but after the way the first three weeks have gone, this is when the team will start to break out a bit, even if the Broncos make it a bit of a fight for three quarters. This Syracuse team isn’t going to do anything easily.
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Syracuse vs. Western Michigan Prediction, Line
Syracuse 34, Western Michigan 27
Line: Syracuse -5, o/u: 65.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3
Must See Rating: 2
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