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.