Syracuse at Buffalo: Preview

Overview: The Orange (0-1), reeling from a 51-0 thumping at the hands of Purdue, will try for their first win of the season against Buffalo (0-1, 0-1 Mid American). Buffalo dropped its opener to Eastern Michigan, 37-34.

Syracuse coach Paul Pasqualoni, who is the Big East's most winning coach, found himself on the hot seat last year with Syracuse's mediocre 6-6 season. This coming off a season in which the Orange went 4-8. If Syracuse gets downed by Buffalo this weekend, could it signify the end for Pasqualoni?

"We went out to Purdue and we laid an egg," Pasqualoni said. "I take the responsibility for that."

A few more losses, and Pasqualoni might be taking the fall as well.

Offensive Scouting Report: Dave Dawson, a 5-foot-8 sophomore, topped the 100-yard mark in only 10 rushes against Eastern Michigan. If Buffalo is to have a chance, he will need to continue to run with that kind of efficiency.

Defensive Scouting Report: Buffalo's defense forced four fumbles against the Eagles and kept the Bulls competitive. If the Bulls can get to Syracuse true-freshman quarterback Joe Fields early and force a few turnovers, Buffalo stands a chance. That means that Aaron Sanders, who was co-Mac East Defensive Player of the Week (Fumble recovery, sack, seven tackles), will again need to be at the top of his game.

Notes and Quotes: Believe it or not, Pasqualoni did draw some positives out of Sunday's loss. "I think we improved, believe it or not," Pasqualoni said. "Getting beat 51-0, that is hard to say, but I think there were some positive things that happened." ... Jared Jones thinks the Orange need to get their swagger back. "We are a Division I football team at a great university with a great tradition," Jones said. "I think it's about time we start acting like that." ... HEISMAN WATCH: Walter Reyes rushed for just 31 yards last week.

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