Still Confident

Losing confidence is expected after a loss with a lot of struggles. But the 2013 Syracuse Orange have taken the opposite approach. They remain as confident as ever heading into a tough road test in week two.

After Syracuse lost their season opener to Penn State, many questions surfaced about this 2013 version of the Orange. Questions about the offense, playmaking ability, the coaching staff, etc.

If Syracuse is to avoid an 0-2 start, they must answer some of those questions. The offense has to be better than week one. The defense has to continue their stellar play. Despite the early season set back, the Orange are still as confident as ever.

"No we haven't lost any confidence," junior cornerback Brandon Reddish said. "We just continue to work hard and keep practicing hard. We stick together. We just have to eliminate little mistakes and keep fighting til the end no matter what."

True freshman Isaiah Johnson said the team forgot about Penn State right away, and has focused completely on the task at hand this week.

"Oh yeah we're ready to go," Johnson said. "Penn State, we've forgotten about that. It's on to Northwestern right now. I already know we're going to bounce back. The defense is going to be there and the offense is going to come back even harder. We forgot about what happened last week.

"Our confidence will never go down. We could be 0-12 and I bet we would be the hardest team they'll face."

It's easy for the defense to be confident considering the strong performance they had at MetLife Stadium. Not so much for an offense that struggled mightily in week one. Still, senior captain Macky MacPherson believes their issues are correctible.

"That's going to happen with a new system and a new quarterback with new offensive linemen," MacPherson said. "It's not going to be perfect. I think for all the pressure, Drew (Allen) handled it very well. It was pretty loud, but we have to get used to that because Northwestern is not going to be quiet either.

"It's something we're going to work on and we have to communicate better. That starts with me up front."

If the Orange are to pull the upset Saturday night, they need both sides of the ball clicking on all cylinders. One thing's for sure. When Syracuse runs onto Ryan Field Saturday night, they will have the confidence needed to pull out the victory.

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