After a 4-4 start for the conference, it looks pretty darn certain that no BE teams will be undefeated this year (All the more reason for SU to run the table and go 12-0 now...right?) Anyways, just a couple thoughts on the other Week 1 games before I get back to work:
Pitt - The most respectable loss in the bunch. Still, they seem mighty beatable coming into the Dome for homecoming weekend. I still think they'll be at the upper part of the conference when it all shakes out.
Rutgers - They seem to be ready to follow the same model as every season - pile up some unimpressive OOC wins and ride it into a bowl game. I really think we have a shot at them, but also I'm sure they'll be ready for us after last years romp at the Dome. Schiano also seems to be high on Chas Dodd as backup QB. Unless he's Troy Nunes cousin, I can't figure out why you'd put an undersized true freshman QB in.
UConn - I expected them to win, honestly. The fact that they only scored 10 pts against Greggers D makes me disgusted I even rooted for them at all. I hate to say it, but I really hope ND can do to Michigan this week what I wish UConn would've last week.
WVU - I think they have to be the favorite to win the conference. Still many questions left unanswered, though. We NEED them to play well OOC to save some face for the conference.
L'ville - Still a bad football team, sure, but SU cannot afford to look past them come November. They should have more things figured out by then and will be looking to knock off anyone they can.
USF - I'm really not impressed by the 59 pts they hung on Stony Brook. Its Stony Brook. USF fans should be more concerned that it took until 2nd half to figure them out. I'm not liking USF's chances at UF, but, I'll be pulling for the upset. The conference needs it.
Cincy - Tough break losing Hazleton. But, their loss is our gain really. Honestly, I think if Brian Kelly were still coach, I think Cincy would have put up 40+ on Fresno St. Certainly more than the 14 points. I might be jumping the gun a bit, but I think the Bearcats reaign at the top of the conference is officially over. (Thank God!)
Sure, the season has yet to play out, but I really think the conference is as wide open as ever. All the more reason for Syracuse to make this the season where they turn it all around. What do you think?