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Syracuse vs Uconn: Crystal Ball Predictions

CAM (1-0): Syracuse 48, Uconn 16

After a dominant week one win, the Orange should take care of business in this northeast, non-conference showdown against an Old Big east rival. To keep it concise, I think they will and it won’t be much of a challenge. Of course the injuries to Chris Elmore and Stefon Thompson have a negative effect on the team as a whole, but the key weapons are still there. Specifically, Garrett Shrader and Sean Tucker are going to win this game on their legs especially against a Huskies group that struggles to stop the run. For example, UConn’s first game and loss was to a Utah State team that rushed for over 260 yards, including the Aggies leading rusher, Calvin Tyler Jr., who scorched the Huskies for 161 yards on the ground. With how Shrader and Tucker both managed to move the chains with their ground and pound mentality against Louisville, I expect them to do the same in week two and torch UConn from start to finish.

ETHAN (1-0): Syracuse 30, Uconn 17

While the spread says this game is not going to be close, I think otherwise as the Huskies hang around for 3 quarters before the Orange break it open in the fourth. The offensive duo of Garrett Shrader and Sean Tucker is just too much for UConn to handle as they each punch in a second-half touchdown to give SU its first 2-0 start since 2018.

IAN (0-0): Syracuse 38, Uconn 3

I am sold on SU’s offense after the Louisville game. Garrett Shrader graded out as PFF’s best week one QB after spreading the ball around to a multitude of targets. Sean Tucker did his thing Рhe still doesn’t go down on first contact. They’re facing a UConn defense that has no depth. On the other side, the Huskies are starting a true freshman against a 3-3-5 scheme with shutdown corners and linebackers that are even more aggressive than last year. Tomorrow, the only things that can stop the Orange are injuries and penalties.

JOHN (0-1): Syracuse 38, Uconn 13

Syracuse dominates a sleepy road trip to East Hartford and avoids an emotional letdown. Garrett Shrader and Sean Tucker each top 100 yards on the ground and the SU defense dominates once again. Move the ‘Cuse to 2-0 for the first time since 2018.

LIAM (0-1): Syracuse 45, Uconn 10

If the Orange somehow fumble this game away after the butt-kicking they gave Louisville a week ago, then the Loch Ness Monster may really be out there somewhere. Jokes aside, the Huskies appear to be headed in the right direction with the hiring of Jim L. Mora, who had two stints as a head coach in the NFL. But the fact of the matter is that he isn’t exactly working with the most talented roster. Sure, Nathan Carter has had his flashes, but true freshman Zion Turner isn’t getting Uconn anywhere at QB. Combine that with the fact that SU played one of its most well-rounded games in recent memory, this one should be a laugher. 


Most of our predictors were happily proven wrong when Syracuse smacked around Louisville in Week 1, but part of the excitement is due to what comes next for the Orange: a softball in Week 2. UConn’s program has been adrift ever since an ill-advised trip out to the American a decade ago, and this year looks to be no different Рeven with a new coach in Jim L. Mora bringing NFL experience to the table, the Huskies are still snakebitten. Injuries to their opening starters at quarterback and wide receiver have crippled an already weak offense. Running back Nathan Carter is the saving grace for UConn so far and ranks second in the FBS in rushing yards. Connecticut’s roadmap to keeping things close goes through giving the ball to Carter early and often, so Syracuse has its main target. If the same SU team that earned Coaches Poll votes for the thoroughness of its destruction of Louisville shows up, ‘Cuse should have no issues defanging the Huskies.

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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