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#FakeNunes previews Syracuse vs Western Michigan

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NCAA Football: Syracuse at Western Michigan Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

That’s right, baby. It’s your boys (#FakeNunes) and we’re back to bring you the only weekly preview you didn’t know you needed, but actually do need because without it you wouldn’t be ready for a Syracuse Orange gameday.... or something like that. It’s time to put those negative vibes behind us because we’ve got an ex coming to town and we need to show them how much better we’re doing now. This game is also about Syracuse retaining the MAC flag the Orange rightfully earned with last year’s victory so that it might continue to fly high over The Dome (but not over the Niles and Frasier Cranes which are a bit taller).

Saturday’s game has a prize at stake

Opponent: Western Michigan Broncos

Location: Kalamazoo, Michigan which is actually in Southwestern Michigan so this school must have a terrible Geography department. Decent brewery classes.

Students: 22,562

The 2019 Fake Nunes Statistical Index (#FNSI)

Once again we bring you categories that no other preview will give you because that’s what we do best.


Orange jersey alert

Western Michigan’s road look is this

Advantage: Syracuse because wearing orange at home is better than wearing brown anywhere

Strength & Conditioning Coach Last Man Standing Match:

Something new for this year is to compare the two S&C coaches and tell you which one would win a Last Man Standing match. This week it’s Sean Edinger against Grant Geib and this one doesn’t look like it’ll last too long. No offense to Grant but he’s going to need his speed to run away from this one.

Advantage: Edinger by TKO

NCAA Football: Louisville at Syracuse Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Football Program Hashtag:

#OITNF vs #LetsRide

Now if horses could talk would they really use “Let’s Ride” as a rallying cry? It seems to us that most horses wouldn’t want people on them especially football players.

Advantage: Push

Pop Culture Alum: Each week we’ll compare alums who are relevant in pop culture

Terry Crews vs Terry Jeffords

Terry Crews is a former football player turned actor and while he’s known for a lot of roles his turn as host of America’s Got Talent has pushed him into a new level of fame. Terry Jeffords is a former football player from Syracuse who now works as a Lieutenant in the NYPD’s 99th Precinct.

Advantage: Western Michigan because even though law enforcement is a vital career we recognize what Crews had done by speaking out against abuse, and is an honorary cop. (NINE-NINE!)

Overly Optimistic SU Fan Prediction from MrSUFootball

Look folks, you predict 10 wins correctly and you absolutely get to return for a second season. I mean can any of you prove that @MrSUFootball wasn’t the reason that Syracuse won 10 games last year.

While his Four Downs of Reasoning remains on hiatus, MrSU Football sent us this video which we assume represents Dino Babers taking Tommy DeVito back to basics in preparation of this game

Raw eggs and Naturdays- the MrSUFootball breakfast of champions.

New for 2019

The Fist-Pump TD counter where we keep track of all of Syracuse’s offensive touchdowns on the season. Get the official t-shirt here and let’s hope we’ll turning the Dome into 49,000 fist-pumping maniacs

Current Fist Pump TD Counter: 6. Ok we’ve stalled here and we need to get back to basics so everyone grab your headbands and your tank tops and let’s get back on the floor.

The Sackacuse Tally tracking all QB sacks this season We are sitting at 9 after three games and now the Orange need to step it back up to top last year’s total.

Camping World Bowl - West Virginia v Syracuse Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

The Official #FakeNunes Game Prediction:

We’re not sure that last year’s zaniness in Kalamazoo can be topped but with a Noon kickoff and a former member of Scott Shafer’s staff coming to Syracuse you can expect the unexpected. We think Jon Wassink hits a couple of big plays in the 1st half but Syracuse finally finds some room to run the ball and controls the second half to get back to .500 on the season.