After taking a bashing against Florida State, the Orange will try to turn the page and focus on being bowl eligible. Their first opportunity will come this week against Pittsburgh who is 5-5 (2-4). What does this weekend’s game come down to?
For starters, it’s about the offense.
Terrel Hunt has been scrutinized since taking the starting role away from Drew Allen. Besides the Wagner and Tulane game, Hunt has not proven that he can be the starting quarterback of the future. Unfortunately for the Orange, there are not many replacements. Every time Drew Allen has had an opportunity to regain the starting role, he has turned the ball over. Hunt will have a chance to prove himself against the Panthers. Pittsburgh is giving up 27 points per game and struggled on defense last week against UNC, surrendering 34 points to the Tar Heels. However, the Panthers were able to hold Tar Heel quarterback Marquise Williams to 173 yards and no touchdowns.
On the defensive side of the ball, the secondary is going to be the major focus. UNC only averages 122 yards on the ground, but 280 through the air. Eric Ebron and Quinshad Davis are leading the Tar Heels in receiving yards and will look to take advantage of a depleted Syracuse secondary. With Julian Whigham out with a nasty abdominal injury courtesy of the Seminoles, the Orange will look at players like Brandon Reddish and Wayne Morgan to contain Tom Savage. Savage, the transfer from Rutgers, has thrown for 18 touchdowns and 7 picks this season.
The Orange must play with a sense of urgency to get that sixth win. They cannot afford to leave it to the last minute against BC. The Eagles have already reached bowl eligibility but will be looking to win to get a better bowl. We will see how the Orange responds after the loss in Tallahassee.
Posted by: Zephan Mayell