Football Friday - South Florida

The Orange runs with the Bulls on Homecoming in its Big East opener.

The Orange football team charges into the Big East opener against South Florida.

BULL DUNG DEFENSE:  The porous SU defense has been susceptible to quarterbacks that are fleet afoot, having been torched by Northwestern’s Mike Kafka (373 total yards and three TDs). Let’s take one of the running back-turned-linebackers (Doug Hogue) and put a spy on B.J. Daniels.

1959:  The Hillmen blew out West Virginia, 44-0, as sophomore Ernie Davis broke his first Jim Brown record (astounding 15.7 yard per carry average.).  Davis rushed eight times for 141 yards—132 yards more than the entire offensive output by the Mountaineers.  SU (5-0) puts up strong case to move up from last week’s No. 6 ranking.

BOO THE BOOTS:  Did Syracuse just open a pig farm on campus?  Thousands of SU women students are wearing rubber boots on the Hill. “You can even wear them with thick socks in the winter!” Ladies, Halftime Snack used to wear rubber boots at 6 years old, but was actually in muck, feeding pigs.  Can’t wait till having a pet goat becomes fashionable.

SU 31, USF 29 – Entertainment is the reason to hit the Dome these days:  lots of points, lots of touchdowns, violent emotional roller coaster.  As long as Marrone and staff keep the reigns loose on the SU offense, the Orange will win.  Tighten up the formations, or the play calls (Maine last) and the entire team gets tight.

Game of the Week: Southern California at California.  What you think is going to happen, will not happen.  Need that running game to win, even the original John Elway knows that.  Bears get to Trojans freshman quarterback, and take big step back into the BCS picture with a 24-17 victory.

Time of Our Lives:  Homecoming on the Hill will be entertaining, whether you love points or pints.  The game will be long (penalties and kicks are blamed), so join the band on Marshall Street.  

Heisman Watch:  Halftime Snack can start lobbying for a vote in week 5 with Syracuse senior Mike Williams.  Evidence:  28 catches, 437 yards and three touchdowns.  Georgia’s A.J. Green is talked of being the top wide receiver, yet has similar numbers to Williams (25 catches, 428 yards and four TDs). 

They Said It:  "        ” – Bob Costas ’74, speaking off the record to students at Newhouse on Friday night. Costas will be part of a Friday afternoon panel put together by the Tully Center for Free Speech. An ironic world, it has become.
                      “Sy is average in height, weight, and just about everything else except that his brain stops functioning whenever he comes in contact with girls.”  --Marv Albert ’64, writing the first installment of “Introducing Sy Racuse:  Frosh Stumbles on Hill.”


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