Syracuse at UNC Preview

Syracuse (0-0) at North Carolina (0-1), Saturday at 1:30 p.m. – Syracuse will try to avenge last year's 30-22 loss against the Tar Heels and start the season on a positive note.

They will have to go through star-quarterback Darian Durant who topped the ACC in total offense in 2002.

Meanwhile, the Tar Heels are reeling from an ugly 37-0 blowout at the hands of Florida State last week. Chris Rix scored two running touchdowns as the No. 13 Seminoles rushed for 236 yards. Syracuse will likely try the same approach to Carolina with a healthy dose of Walter Reyes and Damien Rhodes.

HOMECOMING
Thump Belton is going home.

When Syracuse heads to North Carolina (0-1, 0-1 ACC) on Saturday, Belton will be playing right in the area he grew up.

The Syracuse fullback originally hails from Charlotte, NC when as a senior at West Charlotte High, Belton rushed for 1,327 yards and 18 touchdowns.

"When I go home, I'm gonna win," Belton said. "They're going to have to snatch me off that field because I'm going to talk so much junk."

Still, Belton isn't taking the Tar Heel defense lightly.

"As far as their defense, they love to blitz," Belton said. "They try to fool you, they make you think you're protected and then… they blitz their safety."

Last year, when North Carolina came to the Carrier Dome, Belton had 150 tickets for friends and family. This year, he will have 300.

The pressure of playing in front of the large crowd has not fazed him.
Said Belton: "I can't way to show y'all. I can't wait."

PLAYERS TO WATCH:
SYRACUSE: RJ Anderson. Anderson knows that the key to the offense will be his performance. A few crisp passes will open up the running game and will allow Anderson to forget about his nightmarish season last year where he completed just 43.3 percent of his passes along with eight interceptions.

UNC: Jarwarski Pollock. Maybe Pollock can be groomed to be Durant's favorite target. Pollock snagged eight passes for 71 yards last week against FSU and should the Syracuse secondary faulter, Pollock will add to those totals.

KEY MATCHUPS
Durant vs. SU Secondary: For Syracuse strong safety Diamond Ferri, this will be a true test to see if his transition from defense to offense has been a successful one.

Durant torched the Orangemen to the tune of 284 yards and two touchdowns last year and the SU secondary had little to say about it. But if Syracuse can check Durant's air attack, it may be a different story this year.

NOTES & QUOTES:
Tight end Joe Donnelly will miss four weeks for a dislocated shoulder. Senior Len Cusumano and sophomore Joe Kowalewski will start in his place. … Syracuse head coach Paul Pasqualoni: "When you get beat and had the kind of season you had, is to go back on start over. We've done that. We went back and did that. We went back and there isn't one technique, one fundamental that we didn't go over."

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