I asked George McDonald that very question about two weeks before the season, and he told me that the staff will not consider pulling the starter early unless drastic circumstances arise. Since then, other coaches, including Scott Shafer, have reiterated that sentiment.
Bottom line, Allen did not look good in his first start for the Orange and his first since high school. Allen needs to play better, work with receivers other than just Broyld. If the Penn State defense was able to tell which receivers he was locked into, what is a better Northwestern defense going to do? Allen needs to improve, otherwise Orange fans could see Hunt against Wagner, and maybe even sooner.
Will freshman corner Dwight White be alright against Syracuse's passing game after a rough debut? And how can Northwestern move the ball against a Scott Shafer-designed defense that shut down Penn State (with a few notable exceptions)
Andy Rautins scored 19 points to lead Canada to a key win over Mexico in the FIBA Americas Championship on Thursday.
Syracuse's defense was impressive in a heartbreaking loss to Penn State last weekend. Now the Orange heads to nationally ranked Northwestern to take on the Wildcats. Can the SU D lead the way to an upset?
Syracuse came in at No. 7 with 12 recruits who had been rated in ESPN's Top 100. Syracuse's appearance on the list is reflective of the Orange's recent recruiting success and on-court success. Syracuse has been to the Final Four, the Elite 8 and the Sweet 16 in three of the past four years.
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I want to welcome Orange fans to the Atlantic Coast Conference and apologize for the rudeness of a previous Clemson poster. I assure you that most Tigers fans are much more gracious than Mr. Slater and are excited to have you join the conference.
Northwestern does not have a star receiver like Penn State did, but the Wildcats' leading trio is still formidable.
Nate Mink is the only writer predicting an Orange upset.
"I kind of owe them if you want to say that," Smith said. "They got a fumble out of me last year. Questionable fumble or whatever. I gotta get them back for that one."
What if the best of the best in sports journalism from Northwestern and Syracuse joined forces to cover the game this Saturday? The Evanston and Syracuse faithful would experience the ultimate college football game broadcast.
As a player, former SU running back Damien Rhodes has witnessed football at all levels. Now, he's going back to high school, as the coach of Fayetteville-Manlius High School.