2019 Football Preview – ACC – Orange
Looking for 2019 Syracuse Orange predictions? There is some hype at Syrcause that we have not seen for a while. The gap might be big but many thing this is the second best team in the ACC and they have challenged Clemson the last couple of years including beating them at home. The talent gap is there but the Orange do not seem to be afraid of that other team in Orange.
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Head Coach: Dino Babers
2018 Record: 10-3
Syracuse Orange Odds to win the 2019 FBS Championship: 200/1
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There is a lot of strong opinions as to whether Syracuse can continue their ascent. Lets take a closer look.
2019 Syracuse Orange Predictions: Team Strengths
Offense: Dino Babers has always been an offense first coach and he has this group humming, you might not have noticed that they average 40ppg a yeag ago.
They are going with a new signal caller but they return leading rusher Moe Neal and might lean on him a little more because the new QB is not as much of a runner.
They also return 3 of their top four receivers so there is continue with that group and all of the key skill position guys are upper classmen.
I am not sure that Babers has recruited at a level where things are just plug and play but this is a skilled group that knows what it wants to do.
Experience on Defense: Seven starters return froma group that needs to get better. They were probably not always helped by the speed of the offense but that happens.
The thing I love about this group is the pass rush. Defensive ends Kendall Coleman and Alton Robinson both that 10 sacks a year ago. I do not think any other team is returning that kind of production.
Last year they were 12th in the ACC against the pass. Some of that is situational as they were up in a lot of game sbut with four returnees back there they can be better for sure. Andre Cisco had 7 picks as a freshman and returns at free safety. .
2019 Syracuse Orange Predictions: Team Weaknesses
Quarterback Replacement: Eric Dungey was no Donovan McNabb but he was such a huge part of the offense last season – 33 combined TDs.
Tommy DeVito takes over as a sophomore. He saw some playing time a year ago but they are going to do things differently with him at the controls. He is not much of a runner.
Syracuse is not able to ease him in. They have a couple of winnable road games to start the season but then they have Clemson in ther first ACC tilt, at home in mid September. There will be a lot of hype on that one.
Even though there is a lot returning on defense the linebacker position was gutted. They lost leading tacklers Ryan Guthrie and Kielan Whitner who each had 100 tackles.
Replacing them will be a coupe of seniors in Andrew Armstrong and Lakiem Williams. They should be able ot hit the ground running but if they were good they might have have already stolen those position.
Syracuse plays with an extra defensive back and rght now that spot is looking to be filled by a sophomore, Trill Williams. Smart offense may know just how to attack these guys.
Syracsue Orange Prediction: 10-2
I like this team a lot and expect them to win a lot of games again.
They really need to use those two early road games to get set for Clemson. They beat the Tigers at home two years ago and then almost again last season. Some matchups are just like that.
If they can get that one it would be huge but they get a couple of easy games afterwards hosting Western Michigan and Holy Cross. It is kind of perfect scheduling because those are great recovery spots if they lose too. The rest of the schedule in conference is pretty good. Road trips to NC State and Florida State will not be easy but they can win there not matter what happens against the champs.
Even though this is not the most talented team in the nation they have a great schedule to be very good this season. Clemson might be the only thing standing in the way of perfection. Which would be super interesting. Look to back the Orange in lots of spots.
2019 Syracuse Orange Football Schedule
Date Time vs
- 8/31/19 6:00 PM ET @LIB
- 9/7/19 12:00 PM ET @MD
- 9/14/19 7:30 PM ET CLEM
- 9/21/19 TBD WMU
- 9/28/19 TBD HC
- 10/10/19 8:00 PM ET @NCST
- 10/18/19 7:00 PM ET PITT
- 10/26/19 TBD @FSU
- 11/2/19 TBD BC
- 11/16/19 TBD @DUKE
- 11/23/19 TBD @LOU
- 11/30/19 TBD WAKE
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