While NC State is having a nice bounce-back season from a down 2019, Syracuse is experiencing the other end of the momentum spectrum. After posting a 10-win campaign in 2018, the Orange struggled to a 5-7 tally in 2019 and are in the midst of a painful 1-8 season this year. Beset by an absurd list of injuries only exacerbated by opt-outs from players expected to play prominent roles this year, Syracuse fans have been saddled with watching the worst on-field product since Greg Robinson roamed the Orange sidelines over a decade ago.
Will Dino Babers lead his charges to exploit the weaknesses in NC State’s team, spring the upset, and pick up some much needed end-of-season momentum? Or will the Wolfpack use their own momentum coming off a Top 25 win a week ago to notch the 2nd 6-win ACC campaign in four years under Dave Doeren?
Each BTP contributor provides their score prediction below, plus a quick blurb on their predicted outcome. Here we go!
Prediction: 38-17 (W)
Comment: “I’ll be enjoying this while having leftover turkey sandwiches for lunch with pecan pie and vanilla ice cream. Now it sounds way too over confident and we know what happens when we think like that.. what have I done?“
Prediction: 34-17 (W)
Comment: “I hate Syracuse. Have always hated them. Syracuse is Clemson if Clemson stunk at everything. Beat Syracuse.“
Prediction: 30-17 (W)
Comment: “There’s some lingering trepidation after the way Bailey Hockman played last week, but Orange aren’t likely to find enough offense to pull the upset.“
Prediction: 35-17 (W)
Comment: “Their surprise QB starter...well surprises us early. We turn it over...but we get the ground game going and wear down a thin team“
Why is this so hard?
Prediction: 27-13 (W)
Comment: “A couple NC State turnoves keep Cuse from rolling over early, but it’s a comfortable win in the end.“
Prediction: 31-20 (W)
Comment: “This one is uncomfortably close. Both defenses play well, setting up some short field opportunities. In the end, State is the better team and comes out with the W.“
Prediction: 38-7 (W)
Comment: “If that’s what the blogger from Syracuse thinks, then I’ll go with it.“
BTP Staff Cumulative Prediction: 33-15 (W)
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