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BTP Pregame Predictions: Syracuse

So how’s this thing gonna go? Can State avoid the letdown?

NCAA Football: Syracuse at North Carolina State Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

Coming off the biggest win for NC State Football in the Dave Doeren era, can the Wolfpack avoid a letdown in what appears to be a trap game against a good, but not great, Syracuse squad? This game will be a litmus test for this team and the program under Doeren. As per normal, each BTP contributor provides their score prediction below, plus a Twitter-esque 140 character-constrained comment on their predicted outcome. Let’s get to it!


Prediction: 34-17 (W)

Comment: “I flipped my score prediction from last week. Defense will still let some through. Offense: choo choo.“


Prediction: 38-23 (W)

Comment: “This one is closer than the score indicates, but the defense holds Cuse to field goals while the offense finishes strong“


Prediction: 34-24 (W)

Comment: “Just sort of a slow pull away of a game for State. 7-0 > 7-3 > 10-3 > 10-10 > 17-10 > 20-10 (Half) > 20-17 > 27-17 > 34-17 > 34-24.“

Steven Muma

Prediction: 40-26 (W)

Comment: “Eric Dungey will get his but NC State has too much offense. I refuse to worry about this game. (And apologize in advance.)“

Alec Lower

Prediction: 45-24 (W)

Comment: “Syracuse will get some offense going against the Pack secondary, but can't keep pace with State, which will score at will.“


Prediction: 35-21 (W)

Comment: “This is gonna be fine. Everything is gonna be fine.“


Prediction: 24-20 (W)

Comment: “This game scares the crap out of me and will likely be closer than it should“

BTP Staff Cumulative Prediction: 36-22 (W)

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