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Boston College vs. Syracuse: Crystal Ball Predictions

Brad (7-0): Boston College 35, Syracuse 17

The fallacy behind Boston College football is that they run well. Gone are the days when AJ Dillon ran like a gazelle for the Eagles. I’m fact, BC averages fewer than 100 yards per game on the ground. But the 3-3-5 set has been vulnerable to the big plays thanks to youth in the secondary, and SU still can’t move the ball on offense.

Ian (6-1): Boston College 34, Syracuse 17

Dino Babers’ commitment to start Rex Culpepper at quarterback is astounding. Babers at this point is lying to himself that the fifth-year senior is the better option than freshman JaCobian Morgan. This Saturday is case in point. Cooper Lutz struggles because BC’s veteran linebackers flood the line of scrimmage, and the Orange can’t take advantage of the Eagles’ weak back end because Culpepper is tossing lame ducks around the field. However, JaCobian Morgan comes in after halftime and once again looks like a real quarterback, forcing more excuses out of Dino and outrage from fans in the 315. Flipping the field, BC field general Phil Jurkovic exposes an SU secondary now starting four freshmen, and excellent tight end and mismatch nightmare Hunter Long has at least six catches.

Matt (6-1): Boston College 31, Syracuse 14

A new offense and a new QB provide many new avenues in which to score the ball for the Eagles. Last year we saw AJ Dillon trampling SU defenders all game, Saturday, it’ll be Phil Jurkovec bombing it to Zay Flowers instead. The SU defense is in no position to stop any sort of BC offensive attack, for that reason SU will be 1-7.

Jaron (5-2): Boston College 31, Syracuse 17

Boston College has been a very under-the-radar team this year (up until last week when the Eagles challenged top-ranked Clemson that is). BC’s offense is a well oiled machine. On the outside Zay Flowers is one of the best wide receivers and Hunter Long is one of the best tight ends in the country. In the backfield, David Bailey has taken over for AJ Dillion and is another brute-force back that likes to run it right down your throat. Plus, add in Notre Dame-transfer quarterback Phil Jurkovec who is guarded by the best offensive line in the ACC and you have a dangerous offense. That offense is going to have its way against a depleted Syracuse defense. Then on the other side of the ball, the Orange offense just can’t get anything going recently and I don’t expect that to change this weekend. Boston College will win this one handily and Syracuse will drop to its worst start since 2005.

John (5-2): Boston College 34, Syracuse 10

Another week. Another loss. I just have no reason to believe Syracuse can win this game. Boston College went toe to toe with the best team in the country last week (minus Trevor Lawrence but still impressive). Last year the Eagles ran for 496 yards. No not total yards, just rush yards. On if the hundred yard backs from that game is back, David Bailey. Jeff Hafley has this team rolling and the rebuild is way ahead of schedule. Give me BC and the 14 points. Be on the lookout though this is the first time the Eagles play back to back road games this season. Oh and one final thing… Dino put Jacobian Morgan in please and thank you, sincerely everyone.

Harrison (5-2): Boston College 38, Syracuse 17 

Boston College does not come in presenting a truly overwhelming threat. However, after last week’s home showing against Wake Forest, I don’t think one can put much faith into Syracuse on Saturday. BC comes into The Dome after playing Clemson tough, and regardless of whether or not the Tigers had Trevor Lawrence, the fact that BC had an 18-point lead against the No. 1 team in the country is impressive. Without much – if anything – to lose, Dino Babers was quick to rule out the possibility of starting JaCobian Morgan this week. However, at this point, if and when the freshman takes over might be what Orange faithful has more than anything else to look forward to. As for this Saturday, Eagles quarterback Phil Jurkovic is due for a big game and should have one, especially without Trill Williams in the SU secondary. All in all, the final margin could be at least two possessions in this one.

Thomas (4-3): Boston College 34, Syracuse 14

Syracuse suffered another blow this week when star defensive back Trill Williams opted out of the rest of the season. At this point, head coach Dino Babers is playing whoever he has on the roster. Whether in the secondary, at running back or under center, Babers has back-ups everywhere. Meanwhile Boston College quarterback Phil Jurkovec leads the ACC in passing yards. That doesn’t bode well for a young SU secondary.

Gill (4-3): Syracuse 31, Boston College 30

It would be easy to pick Syracuse to lose the rest of the way— the Orange won‚Äôt be favored in any of its remaining games. But as we‚Äôve seen in the past, from Virginia Tech, to Clemson, to Duke last season, there‚Äôs usually a surprise win somewhere in every down season. I think this might be the one. Boston College is excellent and if they play their best, SU has no shot, but don‚Äôt underestimate how difficult it is to come back after punching up for four quarters against Clemson. The Eagles blew an 18-point lead last week and were in it against the Tigers until the very end. I expect to get a physically and mentally exhausted version of BC. That wouldn‚Äôt be enough to call the upset in itself. The cherry on top for me is the pass-heavy offense that has taken over Chestnut Hill under Jeff Hafley. Even when diminished, it‚Äôs difficult to beat Syracuse in its secondary. I also anticipate a huge spark, at least in energy, coming from the probable return of Sean Tucker and a change at quarterback. This is the one, folks. I‚Äôm going for it.

The Fizz is owned, edited and operated by Damon Amendolara. D.A. is an ’01 Syracuse graduate from the Newhouse School with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.


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