Who has the edge? Syracuse vs. CMU

Syracuse and Central Michigan battle in Mount Pleasant on Saturday. We preview the matchup by breaking down each positional battle inside.

Syracuse is looking for a bounce back performance against Central Michigan, while the Chippewas are looking for a 3-0 start to their season. Let’s take a look at the critical battles on the field to see who has the edge in this matchup.

Syracuse quarterback/receivers/tight ends vs. Central Michigan secondary

Early on in the season, the Chippewa secondary has been superb at creating turnovers. Through two games, they have six interceptions. Safety Tony Annese is a playmaker who Syracuse will have to monitor. Until the Orange skill position players prove they can break out, give the edge the to the Chippewas here given their production thus far.
Edge: Central Michigan

Syracuse running backs vs. Central Michigan linebackers

The Chippewa defense only utilizes two linebackers, which should give Syracuse some room to run between the tackles. With the stable of backs for the Orange and willingness to play physical football, it could be a good day for the ground attack. Prince-Tyson Gulley is more dynamic than any back Central Michigan has seen this season.
Edge: Syracuse

Syracuse offensive line vs. Central Michigan defensive line

The Syracuse offensive line did not perform well against Villanova, but have reinforcements coming this week. Nick Robinson and Omari Palmer are back, giving Syracuse their full stable of lineman. Both Robinson and Palmer should help Syracuse get a better push in the ground game. Expect a back peformance from assistant Joe Adam’s group..
Edge: Syracuse

Central Michigan quarterback/receivers/tight ends vs. Syracuse secondary

If Titus Davis was fully healthy, that may tilt in CMU’s direction. But given that question mark and Cooper Rush’s lack of arm strength, though accurate and efficient, the Orange have the edge here. Look for a solid day from Durell Eskridge to have a big day with a double digit tackles and possibly a turnover. The rest of the secondary should be better in coverage as well.
Edge: Syracuse

Central Michigan running backs vs. Syracuse linebackers

Thomas Rawls is a bruising running back who has been spectacular this season. He will really test the Orange defense. Dyshawn Davis and Cameron Lynch are better as pass rushers than consistently stopping the run. This could be a game for Marqez Hodge to break out. That said, Rawls holds the edge going into this game.
Edge: Central Michigan

Central Michigan offensive line vs. Syracuse defensive line

Purdue may not be overly talented, but Central Michigan dominated the line of scrimmage with a big and physical offensive line. Their unit will really test a Syracuse defensive front that has been the biggest question mark throughout training camp. The CMU offensive line is filled with skilled run blockers who could take advantage of a weakness at defensive tackle. Give the Chippewas the edge here.
Edge: Central Michigan

Syracuse special teams vs. Central Michigan special teams

Syracuse has two dynamic returners (when was the last time you could say that?) in Brisly Estime and Ervin Philips. They also have one of the best punters in the nation in Riley Dixon, and Ryan Norton has shown signs of becoming more consistent. Given the injury issues at kicker for Central Michigan, the Orange should have the edge on special teams.
Edge: Syracuse


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