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2009 Syracuse Orange Football Preview

2009 Syracuse Orange season preview from Maddux Sports. Below you can find our official Syracuse Orange football preview as well as the 2009 Syracuse Orange Football Schedule. After reading this article check out our college football predictions against the current point spread.

Coach: Doug Marrone (1st year at Syracuse)
Team Name: Orange
2008 Overall Record: 3-9
Returning Starters: 14

In the late nineties, the Syracuse Orange (3-9 overall, 1-6 Big East) were a perennial bowl team, but that was then and this is now. The Orange last appeared in the post-season in 2004 when they met and were beaten 14- 51 by Georgia Tech in the Champs Sports Bowl. Since 2005, the team has won a total of 10 games. Over the years, Syracuse has declined in just about every area. They finished tied for seventh in the Big East with Connecticut last season.

The Syracuse Orange scored just 18.1 PPG (108th) in 2008. This year, under new offensive coordinator Rob Spence, they will institute a no-huddle, spread offense. The hope is that with the return of vets at the receiver and running back spots that the team, which will be run by freshman QB Ryan Nassib, can generate more points. He’ll be throwing to junior Donte Davis (29 REC, 312 YDs, 2 TDs). The running attack offers some fine rushers with junior Delone Carter (23 CAR, 137 YDs, 0 TD) and sophomore Antwon Bailey (33 CAR, 221 YDs, 2 TDs) bringing fine rushing chops to the field. The O-line sees three starters, all juniors, come back and should be better than last season.

In 2008, the defense, which was ranked 101st, gave up 32.7 PPG. The D-line was porous and the secondary ineffective. Senior nose tackle Arthur Jones (60 TKLs, 3.5 SKs, 9.5 TFL), who has been All-Big East, is a premium player. He’ll anchor the line if he can come back from pectoral surgery. The front men on the team certainly possess potential and some solid experience, MLB Darrell Smith (73 TKLs, 1 SKs, 4 TFL, 1 INT), a junior, is a tough competitor. Junior corner Mike Holmes (68 TKLs, 2 INTs) is the best player in the secondary. This unit lacks depth and may start two freshmen.

New special teams coordinator Bob Casullo has had to work on everything from snapping, to blocking, to placekicking and more. Punter Rob Long earned a national ranking of 15th last season. He’s back. Unfortunately, placekicker Patrick Shadle, who went 14 of 17 on field goals, including hitting a 53-yard kick, is gone. The kick return duo of Mike Holmes (41 RET, 941 YDs, 23.0 AVG, 1 TD) and Max Suter (26 RET, 547 YDs, 21.0 AVG, 0 TD) are topnotch.

Former New Orleans State offensive coordinator Doug Marrone is in his first season as the Orange head coach. Marrone’s arrival has generated excitement and optimism. But don’t expect the club to go anywhere fast. This season Syracuse must play Minnesota on September 5, Penn State on September 12 and Akron on October 24. Those are three tough games. They play four of their conference games at home but will be hard-pressed to win any of them. Two to three conference wins and a 6-6 record would be a huge step. But that may be reaching for the stars this season. A sixth to eighth-place finish and no bowl invite in 2009 for the Syracuse Orange.

Syracuse Orange Football Schedule

Date Team Opponent Site Line Total Points Opp Points
9/5/2009 Syracuse Minnesota home        
9/12/2009 Syracuse Penn St. away        
9/19/2009 Syracuse Northwestern home        
9/26/2009 Syracuse Maine home        
10/3/2009 Syracuse South Florida home        
10/10/2009 Syracuse West Virginia home        
10/24/2009 Syracuse Akron home        
10/31/2009 Syracuse Cincinnati home        
11/7/2009 Syracuse Pittsburgh away        
11/14/2009 Syracuse Louisville away        
11/21/2009 Syracuse Rutgers home        
11/28/2009 Syracuse Connecticut away        


For more info on the 2009 Syracuse Orange football program, view the Orange football site or you can read about other Big East teams below.


2009 Big East Football Team 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 Big East colleges. For other teams visit Maddux's 09 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. With only 1 starter back on defense can Brian Kelly get his Bearcats back to the BCS? Will Wannstedt choke away another season with loaded talent? Is Rutgers' schedule just too easy for them not to win the Big East crown?

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