Syracuse Orange 2010 College Football Predictions – BCS Odds 2011: Syracuse football moves into year two of the Doug Marrone era this season as the Orange continue to recover from a disastrous four year run under Greg Robinson. The program definitely took a step in the right direction last year, despite a lackluster 4-8 record. 2010 College Football Predictions at BetUS.com have the Orange pegged for another rough season as the team is currently listed at +1500 moneyline odds to win the Big East Conference.
Doug Marrone wasted little time putting a new face on the Orange last year as he showed 30 some players the door. The changes were evident on the stat sheet with Syracuse adding 3.1 points and 60 yards per game to its 2008 offensive averages. The defensive numbers improved dramatically as well under defensive coordinator Scott Shafer as the team allowed 58 fewer points and 816 fewer yards than it did in Robinson's last season on the sidelines.
Marrone, despite the advancements on offense, fired coordinator Rob Spence at the conclusion of last season and determined that he would call plays in 2010. He will be directing five starters and 15 lettermen from last year's group, including a new quarterback in sophomore Ryan Nassib, who threw for 422 yards and three touchdowns spelling Greg Paulus a season ago. Nassib will have the benefit of working with senior running back Delone Carter, who rushed for 1021 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior.
Also aiding Nassib is a receiving corps that welcomes back capable performers in Marcus Sales and Alec Lemon as well as Hofstra transfer Aaron Weaver. However, the offensive line is a question mark with the only starters returning being center Ryan Bartholomew and left guard Adam Rosner.
The Orange defense has the potential to crack the upper half of the conference this season as 10 starters and 23 lettermen are back on campus. Among those returning are leading tackler Derrell Smith (82 tackles, 6.5 sacks) and top pass rusher Doug Hogue (72 tackles, 9.5 sacks, one interception). With the depth of experience under his watch for a second consecutive year, Shafer ought to see his defense drastically reduce last season's 27.9 points per game allowed average.
The Orange should garner at least three wins in their non-conference slate, but face likely losses at Washington and against Boston College. The conference schedule is daunting with road games at South Florida, West Virginia, Cincinnati, and Rutgers, which means in spite of the new direction, Syracuse is still looking at a losing record.
2010 College Football Predictions: 4-8 Overall, 1-6 Conference, Seventh Place Big East
Odds to Win the Big East Championship +1500 (eight of eight)
BCS Odds 2011 (National Championship) +35000
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