Way, way, way back in June when I was going nuts amidst the dead season...I began formulating my way, way, way too early predictions for the 2010 football season and pegged SU to pull the mild upset this weekend. That being said...here's how I see this thing doing down:
Syracuse, led by strong armed Ryan Nassib and Delone Carter, roll out to a quick 14-0 lead in the first two quarters of play. The SU defense has its moxy back early and keeps Daniels and the rest of the Bulls bottled up for most of the half, yet late in 2nd USF mounts a TD drive late in the second to put the the would be halftime score at 14-7. However, on the ensuing kickoff PTG runs in back to the USF 40. After a quick throw by Nassib, "Das Boot" nails a 47 yard FG to as SU goes into halftime still clinging to a 17-7 lead and a bit of momentum.
Like we've seen so many times before, SU comes out of the locker room flat. Daniels leads USF to consecutive TD drives, sandwiched around Krauts 2nd FG of the day. USF up 21-20. After a quick 3 and out, USF is again charging deep into SU territory. Then it happens. Early in the 4th Q, with Chandler Jones in pursuit, Daniels makes a terrible throw that's picked off by Mike Holmes and run back to the 50 yd line. Ryan Nassib drops back on the next play and finds Van Chew streaking down the middle of the field for a TD bomb. With plenty of time still on the clock, HCDM opts to take the XP and puts SU ahead 27-21. On the final drive of the game USF in SU territory, Daniels has a receiver open and then BAM! outta nowhere #SHAMARKO! saves the day on a safety blitz, driving Daniels to the turf forcing a fumble scooped up by Jones. Nassib lines up in the victory formation and SU reaffirms its top position as the top dog in the BE with the 27-21 Win.
In the post game presser, Skip Holtz declares that "this game wass another classic, USF victory for the ages. If you take out the turnovers", and vows to petition the NCAA for a mulligan rule on all turnovers associated with BJ Daniels.
So I'm gonna roll with this. What are your predictions? GO ORANGE!