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Syracuse football opponents recap: Week 2

Another successful week for many of the Orange’s future foes...

NCAA Football: Central Michigan at Kansas Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

We know the Syracuse Orange’s 2017 football schedule is difficult, and that road got a bit rockier after an unceremonious loss on Saturday. But there are still 10 games to play, and zero guarantees on what’s going to happen against any of these opponents.

Each week, we’ll check in with the teams on Syracuse’s schedule (past and future), and potentially re-evaluate the road ahead and behind us.

Week Two

Central Connecticut State Blue Devils (0-2)

Result: Loss, 38-31 to Fordham

Fordham’s actually a pretty solid FCS program, yet CCSU had them on the ropes for much of this one until a late rally downed the Blue Devils.

Central Michigan Chippewas (2-0)

Result: Win, 45-27 over Kansas

After getting taken to a few overtimes vs. Rhode Island in week one, CMU bounced back aggressively on the road vs. the Jayhawks. Quarterback Shane Morris threw for 467 yards and five touchdowns as Central took it to KU all game. This one’s suddenly not looking as easy as it once did.

NCAA Football: Chattanooga at Louisiana State Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

LSU Tigers (2-0)

Result: Win, 45-10 over Chattanooga

LSU manhandled its FCS foe exactly like it was supposed to. Neither Danny Etling (227 yards passing on eight completions) or Derrius Guice (102 yards on 15 carries) was asked to do much, but we saw what Guice did last week vs. BYU. The Tigers are very good and also recorded five sacks yesterday, which should worry you.

NC State Wolfpack (1-1)

Result: Win, 37-20 over Marshall

After allowing Marshall to hang around for a half (NCSU had a 23-20 lead at the break), the Wolfpack shut out the Herd in the second to earn the double-digit win. Ryan Finley once again looked great through the air, with 341 passing yards. The Pack’s front seven also got plenty of work in, though only recorded one sack.

Pittsburgh Panthers (1-1)

Result: Loss, 33-14 to Penn State

Pitt didn’t have much for Penn State, as the Nittany Lions systematically took them apart and never really let the offense get going. The Panthers had few answers when they possessed the ball, with just 330ish total yards and an inaccurate Max Browne at quarterback. Pitt’s run game also looked fairly pedestrian vs.PSU’s defense.

Clemson Tigers (2-0)

Result: Win, 14-6 over Auburn

This game was ugly, but that didn’t much matter for Clemson, who’s sort of in the ACC driver’s seat right now, and also has a marquee non-conference win to go with that. The offense didn’t do much, but it also didn’t have to. Clemson tallied 11 sacks and 14 tackles for loss. I want to vomit.

Miami Hurricanes (1-0)

Result: N/A (game cancelled)

Florida State Seminoles (0-1)

Result: N/A (game cancelled)

Wake Forest Demon Deacons (2-0)

Result: Win, 34-10 over Boston College

The Deacs suffocated the offensively-challenged Eagles all day, and countered that with a balanced attack of their own, led by John Wolford. It wasn’t pretty, mind you. But Wake picked off BC three times, including once for a score. Seems the Deacons have firmly separated themselves the Eagles at the bottom of the division — can we do the same?

NCAA Football: Louisville at North Carolina Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Louisville Cardinals (2-0)

Result: Win, 47-35 over North Carolina

On the one hand, Lamar Jackson’s still great, with over 500 yards of total offense and six touchdowns. But on the other, the Louisville defense seems out of sorts through two weeks now, and UNC pretty much passed on them at will. Still, 2-0 is 2-0. Louisville wrapped this one up with a 20-point fourth quarter.

Boston College Eagles (1-1)

Result: Loss, 34-10 to Wake Forest

BC actually had more first downs, and threw the ball considerably more than Wake (41 times to 19 times). But the four turnovers told the story more than anything else in a game where the Deacons just sort of bled them dry. Thadd Smith didn’t look half bad running the football, however, with 46 yards on just five carries.

Week one opponent W-L: 6-3

2017 total W-L: 14-6