SYRACUSE Off – *9/5 Def – 10/4 42 Lettermen
TEAM THEME: GETTING THERE, FAST
This from our crack fact-finding research department: Syracuse seniors started the 2nd fewest amount of games in the nation last season. As a result, head coach Dino Babers welcomes back a bevy of experienced, young talent in 2017 as 53.4 % of all Syracuse starts made last season were by underclassmen. As you know by now, we’ve come to expect good things from teams fitting this M.O. The hurdle this year, though, is that no less than 11 foes on the schedule appeared in a bowl game last season. Despite the salty slate, and last year’s season-ending crash, Dino is aching to lead this team to a bowl game. Don’t bet against him.
STAT YOU WILL LIKE: Syracuse amassed 5,290 yards under Dino Babers in 2016, the 2nd-highest total in the 127-year history of the program.
PLAY ON: vs. Pittsburgh (10/7)
This season we present a Power Play Preview on each team from a Power 5 conference. These plays are extracted from the 2017 Playbook Football Preview Guide magazine.
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