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Syracuse Daily Links - Previewing N.C. State

Less than 24 hours before Syracuse's second ACC football game, there's a bunch of preview pieces to read to get all prepared.

Brett Carlsen

N.C. State vs. Syracuse: Stats and Stuff - Backing The Pack
As the chart below illustrates, N.C. State and Syracuse are remarkably similar animals, bullying the weak but getting exposed for the bottom tier BCS programs they are whenever they face off against their own kind. Combined, the teams are 5-0 against non-BCS foes and 0-5 against their BCS-conference brethren. The Orange average 13.5 less points per game against schools from the BCS compared to their overall average, while the Pack score 14.1 fewer points against stiffer competition.

North Carolina State Wolfpack — Syracuse football scouting report | The Juice Online
NC State’s offense employs its quarterback as a rushing option. Thomas, who is by no means a speedster, has rushed for 153 yards and a pair of touchdowns after rushing for a combined -153 yards his first two years at Colorado State. Mitchell is a more mobile quarterback and would give the Syracuse defense more trouble in that department. CFN's Take: NC State vs. Syracuse
Why Syracuse Might Win: When the Pack has the ball, the Orange is going to cause problems at the line of scrimmage. State is laboring to protect QB Pete Thomas, especially since LT Rob Crisp remains out with a concussion. Syracuse ranks No. 15 nationally in sacks, while allowing just 3.2 yards per carry. DT Jay Bromley is blowing up opposing lines, which is allowing linebackers Dyshawn Davis, Marquis Spruill and Cameron Lynch to roam more freely in the pursuit of the ball.

Syracuse football cartoon: SU/NC State Mash-up! |
This week's toon features a collaboration with NC State artist Marko!

Syracuse football mailbag: How about SU quarterbacks in NFL compared to N.C. State alums? |
Syracuse has never had more than one quarterback start on the same day in the National Football League.

Syracuse Orange running back will miss NC State game : Sports :
George Morris II was listed in a release by SU Athletics as "Out" for Saturday's game. The list cites an upper-body injury as the reason.

Syracuse basketball evaluations: Dajuan Coleman (video) |
The broad shoulders and powerful physique suggested the tools of a dominant college big man. But like most college freshmen who inhabit the post area, Dajuan Coleman needed time to adjust to the speed of the game and the size and skill of his college competitors.