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Syracuse football opponents recap: Week 7

Next up: Undefeated Miami.

Georgia Tech v Miami Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Sure, the Syracuse Orange’s schedule is challenging this year, but that didn’t really matter last week. Still, plenty of difficult foes still ahead for SU as they attempt to make it back to the postseason. We’ll be using this space to look out at what our past and future foes accomplished this past week, and assess what’s next for the Orange.

So how’d Syracuse’s opponents fare in week seven? And how might that affect SU going forward?

Week Seven

Central Connecticut State Blue Devils (4-3, 2-0)

Result: 51-45 win over Wagner (4OT)

So CCSU has now won four straight since starting 0-3, and the offense has really come on of late. The Blue Devils were out-gained by 70 yards, but managed to finish drives better and overcome turnovers more effectively. FCS games might not matter, but it does look better that we beat a “good” FCS team now instead of a very bad one.

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (3-4, 1-2)

Result: 25-23 loss to UAB

John Urzua’s gotten better at quarterback, but he’s still no Brent Stockstill. Richie James has also lacked effectiveness and the Blue Raiders have struggled in the weeks since beating Syracuse. They lost this one on a last-second field goal. It’s getting pretty tough not to get bitter.

Central Michigan v Boston College Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Central Michigan Chippewas (3-4, 1-2)

Result: 30-10 loss to Toledo

Toledo’s arguably the MAC’s best team and they certainly looked like it against CMU. The Chippewas’ offense stalled out, and the Rockets just ran the ball down their throat on the other end. Central Michigan’s win over Kansas is a distant memory at this point.

LSU Tigers (5-2, 2-2)

Result: 27-23 win over Auburn

Once again, LSU did enough to move the ball on offense while dominating an opponent on defense. Auburn had zero answer for LSU in Death Valley, completing just nine passes and completely falling apart after the first quarter. LSU outscored them 13-0 in the fourth, hitting two field goals in the final three minutes to earn the upset (and get themselves back into the rankings).

N.C. State Wolfpack (6-1, 4-0)

Result: 35-17 win over Pittsburgh

Pitt kept Ben Dinnuci upright (allowed just one sack), but couldn’t keep NC State out of the backfield and they managed seven tackles for loss. The Wolfpack looked good, even if they didn’t pull away until the fourth quarter. Ryan Finley probably had his first inefficient game, going just 14-of-25 for 198 yards.

Miami Hurricanes (5-0, 3-0)

Result: 25-24 win over Georgia Tech

Tech’s defense held Miami in check for the first half, then the rain showed up in the second and the Hurricanes seemed to take over from there. Malike Rosier had nearly 300 yards passing, and the ‘Canes ran for another 184 on the ground. They hit the game-winner with just seconds left to cap off a 9-0 run in the final quarter. Miami will be the second straight unbeaten team Syracuse faces.

Florida State Seminoles (2-3, 2-2)

Result: 17-10 win over Duke

FSU locked down Duke’s offense, and despite some mistakes from James Blackman (two intercetions), he was still 18-for-21 with 197 yards through the air. Plus, the ‘Noles ran for another 228 — including a big day from Cam Akers (115 yards on just 15 carries). It wasn’t the MOST impressive win, but outlasting a good Duke team is worth something.

Wake Forest Demon Deacons (4-2, 1-2)

Result: Bye

Boston College v Louisville Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Louisville Cardinals (4-3, 1-3)

Result: 45-42 loss to Boston College

Lamar Jackson has made 500-yard games commonplace, but unfortunately everyone on his team won’t do anything to help him out. The Cardinals’ defense has come undone in recent weeks and giving up 45 points to BC is the latest sign something’s very wrong.

Boston College Eagles (3-4, 1-3)

Result: 45-42 win over Louisville

Still not sure how BC did this. AJ Dillon ran for 272 yards and four touchdowns, and the Boston College front really didn’t get to Jackson. But after a hot start from the Cards, the teams traded blows for the rest of the game before the Eagles finally hit the game-winning field goal. Is this replicable? I just don’t think so.

Week six opponent W-L: 6-5

2017 total W-L: 47-32