Pregame Buzz: Jones, Fisher back in action

With both Syracuse and West Virginia coming off of a bye week, health is a minimal concern heading into Friday night's nationally televised tilt. Though a few players are coming off of nagging and even long-term issues, both teams are expected to be at full strength.

The good news for Syracuse University football on Friday is that the entire roster is expected to be available. Chandler Jones is back after missing the last five games with a knee issue, and key reserve Olando Fisher is also back for the first game since the season-opening win over Wake Forest. The bad news, however, is that a high-powered offense in West Virginia which is seeking revenge for last season's upset is also healthy.

The entire country knows that Geno Smith is a top-notch quarterback, but the offensive weapons that first-year coach Dana Holgorsen has at his disposal is tough to combat. Three different wideouts – led by Stedman Bailey – average better than 75 yards per game. Bailey has topped the 100-yard mark four consecutive games, setting a school record in the process.

The Orange defense will be in for its biggest test of 2011, but the group had two weeks to prepare for the pass-happy Mountaineers. With Jones and Fisher back on the field, the chance for a repeat of last season's upset increase.

With so much time to prepare for a big-stage game, expect the unexpected on Friday night.


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