Know Thy Opponent: The Syracuse Orange (Offense)

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Welcome to the first installment of the "Know Thy Opponent" series. Over the next month, we here at BSD will  be previewing each and every opponent that we face this year on the gridiron. First up we will take at the Syracuse Orange Offense. Tomorrow we will take a look at their defense.

Head Coach: Doug Marrone (12-13 in 2 seasons at his alma mater)

2010 Record: 8-5 (4-3 Big East)

Bowl Game: Inaugural Pinstripe Bowl (Won 36-34 over Kansas State)

Returning Starters: 12

Fun Fact- Went 0-4 against FBS teams at home last year, but went 5-1 on the road.

Click through the jump for all sorts of rankings and statistics about Syracuse's ofense.

 

2010 Team Statistics

Syracuse Opponents
Scoring: Points/Game 22.2 19.3
Scoring: Games - Points 13 - 288 13 - 251
First Downs: Total 225 218
First Downs: Rushing - Passing - By Penalty 101 - 108 - 16 101 - 95 - 22
Rushing: Yards / Attempt 4.07 3.63
Rushing: Attempts - Yards - TD 448 - 1822 - 14 488 - 1770 - 14
Passing: Rating 123.96 113.79
Passing: Yards 2375 2134
Passing: Attempts - Completions - Interceptions - TD 364 - 205 - 8 - 19 368 - 208 - 9 - 15
Total Offense: Yards / Play 5.2 4.6
Total Offense: Plays - Yards 812 - 4197 856 - 3904
Punt Returns: Yards / Return 9.19 7.30
Punt Returns: Returns - Yards - TD 32 - 294 - 0 23 - 168 - 0
Kickoff Returns: Yards / Return 22.48 22.05
Kickoff Returns: Returns - Yards - TD 48 - 1079 - 0 59 - 1301 - 1
Punting: Yards / Punt 43.45 41.34
Punting: Punts - Yards 66 - 2868 68 - 2811
Interceptions: Returns - Yards - TD 9 - 211 - 0 8 - 125 - 1
Fumbles: Number - Lost 26 - 13 18 - 8
Penalties: Number - Yards 94 - 786 89 - 792
Time of Possession / Game 27:53.69 32:02.08
3rd Down Conversions: Conversion % 38.29% 39.32%
3rd Down Conversions: Attempts - Conversions 175 - 67 206 - 81
4th Down Conversions: Conversion % 30% 55.56%
4th Down Conversions: Attempts - Conversions 10 - 3 27 - 15
Red Zone: Success % 85.71% 78.95%
Red Zone: Attempts - Scores 42 - 36 38 - 30
Field Goals: Success % 94.7% 66.7%
Field Goals: Attempts - Made 19 - 18 18 - 12
PAT Kicking: Success % 93.8% 96.7%
PAT Kicking: Attempts - Made 32 - 30 30 - 29
2-Point Conversions: Success % 0% 0%
2-Point Conversions: Attempts - Made 2 - 0 1 - 0
Team Schedule
Date Opponent Result Game Time Attendance
09/04/10 Akron W 29-3 3:00 15,969
09/11/10 Washington L 20-41 3:23 62,418
09/18/10 Maine W 38-14 3:16 37,758
09/25/10 Colgate W 42-7 2:48 38,068
10/09/10 South Fla. W 13-9 3:02 41,917
10/16/10 Pittsburgh L 14-45 3:21 40,168
10/23/10 West Virginia W 19-14 3:11 58,122
10/30/10 Cincinnati W 31-7 2:57 32,072
11/06/10 Louisville L 20-28 3:26 40,735
11/13/10 Rutgers W 13-10 3:14 49,911
11/20/10 Connecticut L 6-23 3:16 41,465
11/27/10 Boston College L 7-16 2:50 42,191
12/30/10 Kansas St. W 36-34 3:16 38,274
@ : Away, + : Neutral Site
Team Record
Split Record
All Games 8-5
at Home 2-4
on Road/Neutral Site 6-1
vs. Conference 4-3
vs. Non-Conference 4-2
vs. Ranked (AP) 0-0
vs. Unranked (AP) 8-5
vs. FBS (I-A) 6-5
vs. FCS (I-AA) 2-0
vs. FBS Winning 3-5
vs. FBS Non-Winning 3-0
vs. BCS AQ 5-5
vs. BCS non-AQ 1-0
in August/September 3-1
in October 3-1
in November 1-3
in December/January 1-0
Quick  Recap:
  • Syracuse was very, very good on defense last year, but they will reverse the roles this year and look to their offense to carry them this year.
  • Their scoring offense ranked 93rd (22.2 ppg), and scoring defense ranked 17th (19.3 ppg).
Rushing Statistics

Name Yr Pos G Att Yards Avg. TD Att/G Yards/G
1 Delone Carter SR RB 13 231 1233 5.34 9 17.77 94.85
2 Antwon Bailey JR RB 13 114 554 4.86 2 8.77 42.62
3 Prince-Tyson Gulley FR RB 10 13 74 5.69 1 1.30 7.40
4 Adam Harris JR LB 13 8 21 2.63 0 0.62 1.62
5 Dorian Graham JR DB 13 1 11 11.00 0 0.08 0.85
6 Robert Nieves SR RB 3 2 4 2.00 0 0.67 1.33
7 Alec Lemon SO WR 12 1 -2 -2.00 0 0.08 -0.17
8 Aaron Weaver SR WR 3 1 -7 -7.00 0 0.33 -2.33
9 Charley Loeb SO QB 5 1 -8 -8.00 0 0.20 -1.60
10 Team 13 10 -19 -1.90 0 0.77 -1.46
11 Ryan Nassib JR QB 13 66 -39 -0.59 1 5.08 -3.00
Total 13 448 1822 4.07 14 34.46 140.15
Opponents 13 488 1770 3.63 14 37.54 136.15

Recap:
  • The Orange lose their top rusher in Delone Carter, who rushed for 1,233 yards (94.85 ypg)  good enough for 3rd in the Big East.
  • Whether or not Antwon Bailey can pick up where Carter left off will go a long way in determining how much better the Orange offense will be this year. The Orange relied heavily on the run last year with Carter.
  • The Orange ranked 76th nationally in rushing offense last year at 140.15 ypg.
Passing Statistics
Name Yr Pos G Att Comp Pct. Yards Yards/Att TD Int Rating Att/G Yards/G
1 Ryan Nassib JR QB 13 358 202 56.4 2334 6.5 19 8 124.24 27.5 179.5
2 Charley Loeb SO QB 5 5 3 60.0 41 8.2 0 0 128.88 1.0 8.2
3 Antwon Bailey JR RB 13 1 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0.00 0.1 0.0
Total 13 364 205 56.3 2375 6.5 19 8 123.96 28.0 182.7
Opponents 13 368 208 56.5 2134 5.8 15 9 113.79 28.3 164.2

Recap:
  • The good news is that Ryan Nassib returns for his 4th year at Syracuse. Nassib threw for 19 touchdowns and 8 interceptions on the year, with 2,334 yards.
  • 'Cuse ranked 91st in passing offense last year at 182.69. If the Orange plan to replicate their 8-5 record from last year, Nassib will have to be in form all year for the Orange. 
Name Yr Pos G Rec. Yards Avg. TD Rec./G Yards/G
1 Van Chew JR WR 12 41 611 14.90 5 3.4 50.9
2 Marcus Sales JR WR 11 26 414 15.92 4 2.4 37.6
3 Alec Lemon SO WR 12 32 397 12.41 4 2.7 33.1
4 Nick Provo SR TE 13 33 365 11.06 1 2.5 28.1
5 Antwon Bailey JR RB 13 35 306 8.74 3 2.7 23.5
6 Aaron Weaver SR WR 3 6 88 14.67 1 2.0 29.3
7 Jose Cruz SR TE 13 13 78 6.00 1 1.0 6.0
8 Delone Carter SR RB 13 8 45 5.63 0 0.6 3.5
9 Adam Harris JR LB 13 4 36 9.00 0 0.3 2.8
10 Beckett Wales FR TE 10 4 31 7.75 0 0.4 3.1
11 Prince-Tyson Gulley FR RB 10 2 8 4.00 0 0.2 0.8
12 Ryan Nassib JR QB 13 1 -4 -4.00 0 0.1 -0.3
Total 13 205 2375 11.59 19 15.8 182.7
Opponents 13 208 2134 10.26 15 16.0 164.2

Recap:
  • The Orange return their top 5 receivers from last year, but none of them really jump out at you on the screen as a big time receiving threat. They all averaged between 20 and 50 ypg last year.
  • Since it is the first game of the year, this will give our secondary a good chance to start off the year right against this mediocre receiving corps. If we continue to play 10 yards off the ball though, it may not matter because Nassib will tear us apart.
Overall Recap

It would appear that Syracuse has a lot of returning players on their offense, but that is not necessarily a good thing considering how mediocre they were last year. I would expect Ryan Nassib to have a pretty good year for them, and will definitely need to start off the year strongly as they figure out their rushing game. The receiving corps has to get better, and they should if they can live up to their names (see Van Chew and Marcus Sales). Doug Marrone stresses defense and a strong running game, so Antwon Bailey is going to have to step up and fill the hole that Delone Carter leaves. 

I expect Syracuse to improve slightly from their offensive output last year, but that isn't saying much. There are a ton of questions about the Orange on offense right now, and few will be answered before the regular season gets underway. Unfortunately for Wake Forest, it is nearly impossible to tell how we will matchup because of how bad we were last year on defense. Time will tell.

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