Syracuse vs. Tulane: The Day Of Atonement

I've got two words for you guys...ROAD TRIP!!!

I can think of no better place to spend the solemn, high holy day of Yom Kippur than the one city East of the Rockies most likely to make you feel like atoning for your sins the next day...New Orleans.

There's no better cure for what ails Syracuse Orange football than the Tulane Green Wave. Currently sitting at 2-3, Tulane is ripe for the picking. They're coming off a 45-6 loss to Army (2-3), which followed a 48-27 loss to Duke (DUKE!).

The Green Wave opened the season with a 47-33 win over SE Louisiana but quickly lost that momentum, getting throttled by Tulsa, 31-3. They righted the ship the following week with a 49-10 win over an abysmal UAB (0-4) team before sliding into two those most-recent losses.

Basically, Tulane has beaten two pretty bad teams and gotten beaten up by three better(ish) teams. Syracuse SHOULD win this game. However, we all know hard SHOULD has been able to do this year.

Defensively, we'll need to keep an eye on way-too-perfectly-named RB Orleans Darkwa, who ran for 138 yards and a TD on 16 carries in the Army loss. He has 277 yards and 4 TDs on the year so far.

Their passing game is hit-or-miss. QB Ryan Griffin has had good games (22-26, 281 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs against UAB) and bad games (18-39, 170 yards, 0 TDs, 1 INT against Tulsa).

On the other side, Tulane gave up 353 rushing yards to Army, so, just know going in that Nate Hackett is going to call a lot of running plays. Then again, you already knew that.

One thing that might terrify you about Tulane...their head coach's last name is Toledo.

FYI, it's NOLACuse's time to shine. NOLA is working on a Guide to N'awlins (which will hopefully include a final say in whether or not it's okay to refer to New Orleans as N'awlins) and that'll be up this week. If "eating your very first Krystal Burger" isn't included, I will be very disappointed.

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