Who has the edge? Syracuse vs. Notre Dame

Scout.com breaks down the Syracuse/Notre Dame Saturday night matchup by breaking down who has the edge in every matchup on each area of the field.

Syracuse is looking to bounce back with an upset while Notre Dame is looking to keep their season on track towards the college football playoff when the two square off inside MetLife Stadium Saturday night. We breakdown each matchup within the game below.

Syracuse quarterback/receivers/tight ends vs. Notre Dame secondary

The Syracuse passing game struggled last week against its best competition of the young season. This week, they go against an Irish defense that has been strong in their first three games. Keivarae Russell and Cole Luke have been strong this year, and Terrel Hunt still has things to prove with his arm. The loss of Ashton Broyld also hurts the Orange.
Edge: Notre Dame

Syracuse running backs vs. Notre Dame linebackers

Notre Dame has been very good against the rush, but play the best rushing attack they have faced this season in Syracuse. The Orange piled up nearly 400-yards on the ground against Maryland and will rely on the ground game once again this week. The Irish front seven is stout, but Syracuse should have some success in the running game. Prince-Tyson Gulley should be able to find some room between the tackles.
Edge: Syracuse

Syracuse offensive line vs. Notre Dame defensive line

The Syracuse offensive line has been very good this season, only yielding one sack while opening holes in the running game. But the Irish front four have been better at defending the run and putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks. They will test the Syracuse line, specifically with tackles Sheldon Day and Jarrone Jones. Expect both to have productive nights against the Orange.
Edge: Notre Dame

Notre Dame quarterback/receivers/tight ends vs. Syracuse secondary

The Syracuse secondary has been prone to big plays while dual-threat quarterbacks have torched the Orange in recent years. Everett Golson is playing at a very high level, and has a plethora of weapons to utilize in the passing game. Will Fuller could have a big day with his speed on the outside. Don’t be surprised if he gets behind the Syracuse secondary at least once.
Edge: Notre Dame

Notre Dame running backs vs. Syracuse linebackers

Syracuse has been one of the best in the country in stopping the run, and should be able to continue that success on Saturday. This is where the Orange have to win in order to keep this game close, forcing the Irish to become one dimensional. Expect them to largely contain the Irish backs, led by Cam McDaniel. Notre Dame’s leading rusher in this game could be Golson. Cameron Lynch has been superb on the young season, leading the Orange in tackles each game. He should have another productive night on Saturday.
Edge: Syracuse

Notre Dame offensive line vs. Syracuse defensive line

This is a push because the Syracuse defensive line will be successful against the run, while the Irish front five will control the Orange pass rush. Syracuse will be forced to blitz to bring pressure, which will leave then vulnerable to the big play. Look for Ron Thompson to have a solid night and for Eric Crume to make some plays in the backfield against the run. The Syracuse front four, however, will struggle to generate pressure on their own.
Edge: Push

Syracuse special teams vs. Notre Dame special teams

Syracuse may have the most dynamic returner in Brisly Estime, and Syracuse also has a strong punter in Riley Dixon who can help in the field position battle. However, the Orange kicking game has been poor this season with Ryan Norton really struggling. Cole Murphy may get his first career start in this one, though we won’t know until kickoff. Given that large inconsistency, Notre Dame has the edge behind their strong kicker/punter Kyle Brindza.
Edge: Notre Dame


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