Obviously there are far less of those folks around today than there were before the game yesterday...
I am a guy who expected a W Saturday, I made that very clear before the game. I was NOT, nor have I ever been this season, however, one of those people saying "WE'RE BACK!!!" We are definitely not back. Until Syracuse is making regular top-25 appearances, going to major bowl games and pounding Rutgers 50-0 every year, we are not back. This is what Syracuse football used to be and what Syracuse Football can be in the future. Anyone claiming "We're back!" after the 4-1 start is terrbily misguided. Especially anyone who has a microphone/camera in front of them working for ESPN.
To give you some perspective, after Syracuse finished 10-3 and in the top-15 in the final rankings after the 2001 season, Syracuse fans everywhere and even a few players were claiming "We're Back!" We all know what happened in the seasons after that.
Ok I'm done being negative. I'm going to focus on a few positives that happened Saturday:
- Nassib didn't have a great day, but he still made some nice throws/plays. Didn't see too many drops by the WRs, and a lot of good plays.
- Van Chew continues to be my favorite player this season. I thought he was robbed of that long catch on the sideline, though it probably wouldn't have made a huge difference in the end. To me, it was still an incredible catch.
- Welcome back, Mr. Sales. Not exactly a stat sheet stuffer, but it looks like he's worked his way back into the mix. Good timing too. We need him.
- The O-line didn't get blasted like I thought they would. Maybe this group is coming around. And just in time.
- No major injuries to note. Whew. I'll take that every week.
- Special teams actually looked pretty good compared to other games this season.
- Huge improvement on penalties this week. Still not where we need to be, but not nearly as terrible.
- No huddle offense looks like it'll be key in moving the ball against tougher teams or if we get behind. I'd still like it as more of a backup plan, but, at least we know it's there.
- As bad of a loss as this was, Pitt is almost pre-destined to embarrass the entire conference by sucking ass through the OOC games and then tearing through the BE portion of the schedule. We won't be the only good team in the BE to get ripped by Pitt this season.
- WVU didn't exactly light up the scoreboard hosting USF this week. Syracuse has a golden opportunity to get right back into the BE race with the upcoming showdown at WVU this week.
What are you're guys thoughts on this?