Pitt vs. Syracuse fearless prediction and game preview.
Pitt vs. Syracuse Broadcast
Date: Friday, October 18
Game Time: 7:00 ET
Venue: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY
Pitt (4-2) vs. Syracuse (3-3) Game Preview
Why Pitt Will Win
Are the Panthers actually … good?
Ignored and blown off because they’re not scintillating and they’re not coming up with big offensive showings, they’re struggling against Delaware, they’re struggling against Ohio, they’re struggling against Duke, and every game has been close, but they’re still 4-2 thanks to the defensive front.
The run defense is among the best in the country, the pass defense is among the most efficient in college football, and only Ohio State is coming up with more sacks.
Syracuse has been painfully inconsistent. It’s not running the ball well enough, it’s not converting on third downs, and it’s not doing anything to keep good defensive fronts out of the backfield.
The Pitt defensive line is about to eat very, very well.
Why Syracuse Will Win
Pitt is the ultimate goldfish team – it grows to the size of its bowl. It can play up to Penn State, or way, way down to the Delawares of the world.
It’s not the type of team that will show up in the Carrier Dome and blow the door off the Orange.
The Panther ground game isn’t anywhere near as strong as it was last season, the points are sometimes tough to come by, and there isn’t enough of an efficient passing game to rely on week-in-and-week-out.
Syracuse – like Pitt – has a pass rush, too. The Panther offense can be disrupted and stall if the wind blows the wrong way. Generate any consistent pressure and it throws the whole thing off.
The Orange will need big defensive plays and takeaways to pull this off – they continue to lead the ACC in turnovers. Pitt has turned it over six times in the last two games.
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What’s Going To Happen
It’s going to be interesting, because all Pitt games are interesting. The last three have been decided by a grand total of seven points.
The two defenses will take over early on with both pinning their ears back to get into the backfield. Pitt can block a little bit, Syracuse can’t.
Pitt vs. Syracuse Prediction, Line
Pitt 27, Syracuse 24
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