Syracuse Orange 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook
2015 Record 4-8
Syracuse Orange 2016 Preview
The 2016 Syracuse Orange look to new head coach Dino Babers to get them back to the postseason.
Overview: Babers has the experience and the weapons to run his high tempo attack but the Orange were just 4-8 a year ago and must navigate a tough schedule to improve in the win column.
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Offense: The Orange will be hoping quarterback Eric Dungey can maintain his dual threat (1,298 yards passing/462 running) after a head injury sidelined him for the final three games. Syracuse has solid options on the ground in Jordan Fredericks, Dontae Strickland, George Morris and Ervin Phillips. The good news for Cuse fans is Babers has just about every receiver coming back led by Steve Ishmael and Brisly Estime who should see more balls in 2016. Syracuse gets back two starters on the offensive line which will likely see more pass blocking under Babers.
Defense: The Orange defensive line lost their top two which were both ends with Jack Pickard taking over as a starter while Chris Slayton and Kayton Samuels are the top tackles back with a combined 8.5 TFL. The line might be a bit thin but the Cuse are stocked at linebacker led by Zaire Franklin and his eleven TFL and three sacks from 2015 with Parris Bennett looking to improve upon his 3.5 TFL as he was limited to just eight games. The Orange secondary gets virtually everyone back with FS Antwan Cordy and his 12 TFL from last season while corners Cordell Hudson and Juwan Dowels combined for eleven passes defensed.
Special Teams: Sterling Hofrichter takes over for big leg punter Riley Dixon while placekicker Cole Murphy returns with Estime Brisly penciled in as the primary return man.
Outlook: I think Syracuse will be a thorn in the sides of many but their schedule is tough so we could see improvement (we will I think) but not necessarily in the win column.
9/17 South Florida
10/1 Notre Dame
10/8 @Wake Forest
10/15 Virginia Tech
10/22 @Boston College
11/12 NC State
11/19 Florida State