Fearless Picks - Syracuse

The restless gang of pickers tries to run down leader Bill Gleason as the season heads down the home stretch.


Last Wk: W
Season 7-3

West Virginia's players are not about to buy into all of the hype over the recent lack of success in the Carrier Dome. True, victory has been limited, but it should be obvious by now that these are not the Mountaineers of the past. Trends can be thrown out the window, because this is a new age of WVU football. Chris Henry further emerges as a big play threat as the Blue and Gold tops 200 yards through the air. Quincy proves that the Doak Walker semi-finalist recognition is well deserved with 150 of his own. The ever-present smile is finally wiped off the face of the overgrown orange that patrols the Syracuse sideline (a Miracle Grow experiment gone bad) and the Mountaineers emerge with the win. The circus side-show known as the BCS may not give West Virginia what it deserves, but a crowd-pleasing performance under the big top will be plenty of entertainment for the WVU faithful. Break out the orange juice! WVU

Last Wk: W
Season 9-1

Newly ranked West Virginia comes to the Carrier Dome, where they haven't won in ten years, off an emotional win over their closest rival. Syracuse is fighting for their bowl lives and is coming off a disappointing loss in Miami, a game in which they led 10-7 in the fourth quarter. The Mountaineers have the Big East conference race to keep their attention and the Orange have bowl hopes on the line. Both teams will come to play. If one doesn't, that one will lose. Syracuse will stack the line and dare Rasheed Marshall to throw. That will only last for about 14 throws, when the Cuse discovers they can't cover Chris Henry and Miquelle Henderson and Travis Garvin man to man. Syracuse will have some success against the Mountaineer defense, but their QB situation is still their weak link. WVU has feasted on teams with questionable QBs. They will again. WVU

Last Wk: W
Season 7-3

To predict the outcome of this game is difficult. The Mountaineers have not had much success in the Carrier Dome, but it's obvious that the Orangemen do not have the talent level they enjoyed in years past. WVU is one of the hottest teams in the nation, but one would think the recent rash of injuries would eventually catch up with the Blue and Gold. My wife says that Syracuse has ugly uniforms, so I am going with West Virginia to bring home the Ben Schwartzwalder Trophy. WVU

Last Wk: W
Season 7-3

The Mountaineers are down to the nitty-gritty this week on the road in a place they haven't won at in 10 years. R. J. Anderson has had his ups and downs with WVU. Obviously West Virginia must continue to run the ball to be successful in the Carrier Dome on Saturday. Both sides of the ball for WVU are playing with massive confidence right now. Despite all that, I like Syracuse and the points. SU

Last Wk: W
Season 6-4

Last year, R.J. Anderson ended up laying face down on the Mountaineer Field turf wondering why the bad men in blue and gold were being so mean to him. Tomorrow, the bad men in blue and gold will reintroduce themselves to R.J.'s unsightly grill and make last year's 34-7 pasting feel like a Swedish massage.

The rushing totals from last year's game were also frightening. West Virginia 279, Syracuse 72. Most people would look and that and say, "Wow, that's ugly." Walt Harris, on the other hand, might look and say, "Hey, 72 yards...not bad!"

In the Carrier Dome this weekend, we'll see just more of the same. I see a total of four thirteen-minute West Virginia drives, accompanied by four Syracuse three-and-outs. 28-0. Actually, let's throw in a couple Sheed to Chris Henry bombs. 42-0. And a Pac-Man defensive touchdown. 49-0. And a safety. 51-0. Alright, two safeties.


Last Wk: L
Season 8-2

WVU has had trouble in the Dome over the past decade, but generally that's because SU has had more talent, not because of noise levels or anything else. Talent usually wins, and SU has usually had more. But that's not the case now. The ‘Cuse still have some solid players, but not as many as WVU. The Mountaineers need to do what they do best (run effectively, limit mistakes, get turnovers). While it won't be easy, if they play their game, they come away with a win. WVU

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