Can Syracuse football trick the Bearcats on Saturday?

Fifth-ranked Cincinnati comes to the Carrier Dome for a noon Big East game. The top offense in the country gets the fast surface against a porous Orange defensive backfield.

The day of ghouls, witches and ghosts is upon the SU football team.

MIKE WILLIAMS: Halftime Snack has seen suspensions before.  Seen repeat suspensions. Offender does the time, and everyone moves on. Williams is the best wide receiver in the Big East and should get every opportunity. The playbook is always a guess with SU, and getting M-Dubz going early will keep it loud in the Dome. Recently named a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award, presented to the nation’s top receiver, Williams averages 118.7 yards per game and stands alongside the all-time great Orange receivers Rob Moore and Marvin Harrison.

FREE IS THE BEST:  All SU students will be admitted to Saturday’s game for free with a valid student ID. The school takes away MayFest (or SU Showcase) and gives a little nugget back. How about let the fans in for free to see Jim Boeheim get his 800th as well?

FEED THE HUNGRY: Patrick Alvarez literally rose off the street of New York City, is a sophomore at SU and is the president of Project Feed Me.  Joined by the New York Knicks, Project Feed Me will host a basketball tournament in Archbold Gymnasium on Sunday at 1 p.m. Read the profile of Alvarez by Wayne Coffey of the New York Daily News, and after you decide to join him in fighting hunger, read about the basketball event in The Daily Orange.

COSTUMES: It’s Friday, you have one day left before Halloween. Take the morning to decide on an idea. Be focused. Less is more.  Write down five things. Take Number 2. Go to Boom Babies on Wescott Street. Live like a kid again. There are a couple of costume contests on Saturday (one at the football game, and one at field hockey).  Top five ideas I’ve heard so far:  journalist, Pink Power Ranger, cowboy, Indian and Skeeter Valentine. Just look here.


    Cincinnati 50, Syracuse 17 – One team made its quarterback decision early in the week, the other won’t soon enough on Saturday. Syracuse has little success shutting down high-powered offenses, showing little resistance in the defensive backfield. Lots of tricks, and lots of treats, for the ghoulish parade set to kick off in the Dome.

    Game of the Week – Central Michigan at Boston College.  Halftime Snack is sick of the big conference super-matchups. I like Maroon picking off the ACC team on Chestnut Hill.  Let’s go with a 20-14 victory here for CMU.

    Campus quirk – Halftime Snack left N.Y. in 2002 and the Yankees stopped getting to the World Series.  Return in 2009, and look what happens: the Bronx Bombers move out of the old ballpark, move the fences in on the new one, spend $160 million for a pitcher and saunter into the World Series.

    They Said It –  “And the epic nine-pitch at-bat by Alex Rodriguez, ended in a strikeout. Alas,”  Jon Miller, ESPN Radio play-by-play, describing the best thing that has happened to the Yankee third baseman so far this World Series.

“I feel good about my arm strength, and where that’s at,” Greg Paulus, during in mid-week interviews.

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