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2007 Syracuse Orange Football Preview
2007 Syracuse Orange season preview from Maddux Sports. Below you can find our official Syracuse Orange football preview as well as the 2007 Syracuse Orange Football Schedule. Dont miss Maddux's winning NCAA picks against the weekly college betting lines from the best college sports handicapper.
Coach: Greg Robinson (3rd year at Syracuse)
Team Name: Orange
2006 Overall Record: 4-8
Returning Starters: 12
The last time the Syracuse Orange (4- 8 overall, 1- 6 Big East) had three losing seasons in a row was 25 years ago. As head coach Greg Robinson (5- 18) starts his third season, he's looking at being the man who brought back the bad old days. He may also be headed to the unemployment line.
The Orange offense was rated 102nd last season, averaging 17.4 PPG. Sophomore Andrew Robinson (20 YDs, 1 TD, 1 INT) will be the club's QB. The good news is he's well suited for the West Coast offense. There are some fine receivers to throw to, including TE Tom Ferron, senior WR Taj Smith and sophomore wide Mike Williams. The running game features junior TB Curtis Brinkley who is capable of gaining 1,000 yards, although problematic knees may stop him. With all this promise, winning more than losing should be easy, except for the doubtful offensive line. That's a major problem on this club.
The Syracuse defense gave up 24.6 PPG in 2006. The "D" line has some fine returning talent, including senior DE Lee Williams, senior DT Tony Jenkins and senior Jameel McClain. Jenkins, who's fast, had 8.5 tackles for a loss last year, while the powerful McClain led the conference with 9.5 sacks. Senior FS Joe Fields (76 tackles, 40 solo, 4 INTs) has developed into a playmaker. Senior SS Dowayne Davis (70 tackles, 40 solo) is an experienced secondary threat. The line-backing and corner units are all brand new.
Syracuse is looking at a four-win season, if the team can win swing games versus Washington, Miami (Ohio) and Connecticut. If they can't do that, expect one win. If the offensive line is magically transformed, the Orange will have a better than expected season. Don't expect that.
Syracuse Orange Football Schedule
|Sep 29||Miami Ohio||Away|
|Oct 6||West Virginia||Home|
For more info on the 2007 Syracuse Orange football program, view the Orange football site or you can read about other Big East teams below.
2007 Big East Football Previews
All of the Big East teams are featured to the right. Each link under the team previews gives our individual breakdown for the eight BigEast colleges. For other teams visit Maddux's 07 college preview page.
If you would like to know how Maddux forecasts the order of finish for the Big East football conference check out the Big East Conference Preview section which is our conference preview as a whole. Will Pat White and the Mountaineers have a shot at the BCS Title game or will Brian Brohm's Cardinals out scored their way to the conference title? We answer those questions with the Big East football preview.