When the Syracuse Orange take the field on Saturday, they'll be doing everything in their power to score points, any points.
When the USC Trojans step on the field, the expectation isn't so much that they will score points but that they will score a lot of them. And given how important it is to give the impression that you're not just winning but winning easy when it comes to BCS votes and rankings, is there pressure on the Trojans to "win pretty?"
Consider that they fell from No. 1 to No. 2 behind Alabama after the Crimson Tide stomped Michigan. That seems reasonable, seeing that Hawaii is mediocre-t0-bad, and Michigan was ranked No. 8, but the Trojans are the first No. 1 team to drop in the AP poll after winning a game by 35-plus points since Penn State in 1997, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
The Trojans probably aren't on upset alert. But when you're in the national championship chase, it's not only about winning, it's about winning pretty. So it's important for "first-game sloppiness" to transform into second game efficiency and dominance.
Must be a nice problem to have.
Here are some links, previews and predictions to get you up to speed for the game...
- Syracuse Confident Heading To Play No. 2 USC...AP
- Kiffin: Crowd noise won't be a factor...ESPN
- Bud and Brent Show: Can Syracuse's offense move the football against USC?...Syracuse.com
- Lane Kiffin On USC Football Getaway Day: Trojans Are "All Business"...Neon Tommy
- Preview: No. 2 USC Trojans at Syracuse Orange...CBSSports.com
- Throwback Thursday: USC vs. Syracuse 2011...Reign of Troy
- USC Football: What Hawaii Means for Syracuse...Reign of Troy
- The USC running back situation should change...ESPN
- Loaded USC will overwhelm Syracuse...NY Post
- 4 Reasons Syracuse Has A Prayer Against USC...CollegeSpun
- 4 Reasons Syracuse Doesn’t Have A Prayer Against USC...CollegeSpun
- Bigger Than One Game: Making Peace with Syracuse-USC Not At The Dome...Orange Fizz
- 3Qs4 Syracuse vs. USC...The Juice Online
Syracuse will need a major game from QB Ryan Nassib if they hope to upset USC Saturday at 3:30 PM ET on ABC.
After coming up just short against Northwestern, Syracuse gets no time to rest when they host USC at the Meadowlands on Saturday at 3:30 PM ET on ABC.