Pregame Buzz: Syracuse vs. Rutgers

It's game day and there is still little to no information on who is in and out for Syracuse as they prepare to face Rutgers at noon in the Carrier Dome.

Key defensive players like DE Chandler Jones, SS Shamark Thomas and backup DB Orlando Fisher remain in question, but coach Doug Marrone will not tip his hand before kickoff. Backup RB Prince-Tyson Gulley has likely been held out of most of the action all week, and Marrone previously said his situation does not look good.

My best guess is that Jones has a chance to play, and he has taken to his personal Twitter account since early this morning. The only message that hinted at him playing was one that read "Sackman baby!," posted just over two hours before kickoff. It remains a guess because many of the injured players who were held out last week suited up and appeared ready to play, so we won't know for sure until game time.

On the field…

No matter who is on the field, the Orange secondary will have their hands full with standout wide receiver Mohamed Sanu, but Marrone has said multiple times during the week that he will "get his catches." The key for SU defensively will be to limit all other offensive weapons like the trio of running backs who will get their share of carries for the Scarlett Knights -- Jeremy Deering, Jawan Jamison and Savon Huggins.

Offensively, Rutgers will try to limit quarterback Ryan Nassib as much as possible. That means Antwon Bailey, who may see more carries already if Gulley is out, will have to carry the offense early on. Expect him to get 25-plus touches one way or another. Another RB may get a chance to see the most action of his career if Gulley is out of the lineup, so either Jerome Smith or Adonis Ameen-Moore will have to step up.


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