Ryan Nassib was just 15 of 32 passing for 169 yards without a score to go along with three interceptions against Rutgers, in a turnover-driven overtime loss. The senior leader has not smiled seemingly all week, and he has re-iterated the need to bounce-back from the "humbling" performance.
The stars may be aligned for the entire ‘Cuse offense to get back to where it needs to be. Running back Antwon Bailey fumbled twice in the loss, despite notching more than 100 yards on the ground for the third time this season.
In order for the two veterans to lead SU to a victory, expect a fast start. Some off-tackle runs against the undersized Green Wave defense could open things up in the passing game for Nassib. Offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett will ease the two into the game in terms of degree of difficulty, but the goal will be to spawn a big play sooner rather than later.
It would not surprise me one bit if the Orange elected to take the ball first if it wins the coin toss, which could set a much needed tone.