2017 Football Preview – ACC – Orange
Looking for 2017 Syracuse Orange predictions? The Orange finished with the 2016 season with a 4-8 record under first year head coach Dino Babers. They had a really good offense last year, but the defense really let them down and it really hurt their chances to win more game. Last years group was also young and a lot of guys are back from last years team.
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Can the defense step up this year and help get the Orange back to a bowl game? Or will they be the downfall of this team again.
2017 Syracuse Orange Predictions: Team Strengths
A Star Under Center: The best player and the strength of this team is under center for the Syracuse Orange.
Eric Dungey is back for his Junior year, and not only is he a really good player for the Orange, he is also one of the best quarterbacks in the ACC.
Last year he threw for 2679 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also threw seven interceptions which he would like to cut down on this year. He is also mobile enough on his feet that it is something defenses if nothing else have to respect and know that he can scramble at anytime.
Against the Hokies last year he did rush for 106 yards which is his career high. If he can stay healthy this year, he is going to be the big man on campus again this year at Syracuse.
Experienced Line: The Syracuse Orange were forced to play a lot of young guys last year along the offensive line and it caused a lot of struggles for the team.
But they got valuable experience that should really help the squad last year.
Another year in the weight room and bonding together should form a close knit group that is not only good with the passing game but also opening up holes for Junior running back Dontae Strickland
2017 Syracuse Orange Predictions: Team Weaknesses
Special Teams Issues: Coming into this season, the special teams as a whole has a lot of questions to answer.
Cole Murphy is back kicking for his senior year, and would like to rebound from a rough Junior year. He went 10-18 on field goal tries and missed a couple kicks in key area.s
Brisly Estime led the nation in punt return yardage this year, but he has graduated so Syracuse really needs to find someone to step up in his place.
That was a big weapon for not only the special teams, but he gave the offense good field position and that is something they are really going to miss.
It might not necessarily turn out to be a weakness, but the biggest question coming into this year for this team is how well can the defense play.
They were miserable last year and put a lot of pressure on the offense. They gave up way to many points and even with the offense putting up good points they ended up losing a lot of games.
Middle linebacker Zaire Franklin is back for his senior year, and he is going to be the anchor of the defense, but after him there is a ton of questions about what this defense can provide this year.
Syracuse Orange Prediction: 6-6
I think the Syracuse Orange will take that step forward in the second year for Dino Babers.
I think the defense will step up big this year, and although they will still struggle at times, I don’t think it will be anywhere close to how bad they were last year.
They also have a pretty favorable schedule playing a lot of easier non conference games.
I think they will still have to pull one upset to make a bowl, but I think they will make it happen, and the future will look even brighter for the Orange.
2017 Syracuse Orange Football Schedule
- 9/1/17 7:00 PM ET CCONN
- 9/9/17 3:30 PM ET MTU
- 9/16/17 3:30 PM ET CMU
- 9/23/17 TBD @LSU
- 9/30/17 TBD @NCST
- 10/7/17 TBD PITT
- 10/13/17 7:00 PM ET CLEM
- 10/21/17 TBD @MIA
- 11/4/17 TBD @FSU
- 11/11/17 TBD WAKE
- 11/18/17 TBD @LOU
- 11/25/17 TBD BC
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