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Villanova vs Syracuse College Football Week-1 Preview & Analysis.


The Villanova Wildcats take on the Syracuse Orange in the Carrier Dome. Syracuse struggled in their first game defeat last year, but eventually they were able to get to, and win their bowl game against Minnesota. The explosive backfield that Syracuse possesses was weakened with the departure of their top running back; however, there are other backs that Syracuse still has like Terrel Hunt. If the Orange can manage their way back to almost 200 yards a game rushing like they did last year, they will hopefully be bowl eligible once again. Villanova will surely be playing the part of the underdog in this one.

–Keys for Villanova Wildcats:

  • Last season Villanova lost quite a few of their games by single digits, head coach Andy Talley should have done some offensive recruiting in the offseason for some scoring support.
  • Junior QB John Robertson is coming into the 2014 season on many watch-lists. Robertson set a school record for completions in 2013 with a 68.4% rate. The duel threat also had 1,405 yards rushing to add to his stats. If Syracuse can’t contain Robertson they could be in for some trouble.


–Keys for Syracuse Orange:

  • The departure of their 2013 leading rusher Jerome Smith, the Orange will have to put much of their offensive strategy into the hands of duel threat QB Terrel Hunt. Hunt was the second leading rusher behind Smith in 2013, and he will be needing a lot of help from his offensive linemen.
  • Wide receiver Ashton Broyld was unable to get into the endzone last year; however, he did manage the most receptions on the team with 52. Broyld should have a few more oppertunites to get his touchdown in 2014.




–Favorite/Odds: Syracuse by 10.5 points


–Syracuse will try to start this season off with a win so they can set a tone for the rest of the season. Villanova is a very capable FCS program and Syracuse will need to be well prepared for the Wildcats.

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