Friday, July 3, 2015

Penn State-Syracuse prediction

Is this really a game worthy of an X and O breakdown -- especially with a four-and-half-hour drive to Syracuse still to be tackled? No, it is not.

Penn State-Syracuse prediction

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Is this really a game worthy of an X and O breakdown -- especially with a four-and-half-hour drive to Syracuse still to be tackled? No, it is not.

Syracuse could have the worst team among BCS programs. And I feel a little dirty saying that since there are so many Philadelphia-area products that have played and still play for the Orange. West Catholic's Curtis Brinkley is one of those guys, and the senior running back appears to be the only bright spot in Syracuse. He may be able to run against Penn State's depleted front four and its experienced linebackers. But I doubt it.

Here are a few predictions, aside from the final tally. Evan Royster will run for over 100 yards for the second straight week. Daryll Clark will further cement his standing as the No. 1 quarterback. Backup Pat Devlin will be under center by the start of the second half. He will have nice game. The defense will not pitch a shutout, but will cause a few turnovers. And after the game, Joe Paterno will say something like, "Ahhhh ... we got a little lucky doing this, that and the other thing. Syracuse got a few bad breaks and the whole bit. But don't go crowning us national champs yet. We still got a long way to go. ... And I don't have the slightest idea when Evans and Koroma will return."

Prediction: Penn State 52, Syracuse 13.

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Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 20 years, covering college sports, golf and the Penn Relays.

Joining Joe this season will be John Stuetz, an intern for The Inquirer and senior at Penn State majoring in print journalism and marketing. This is John's third season covering the Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A native of Glenside, Montgomery County, John graduated from Cheltenham High School.

For Joe, this will be his fifth season on the paper's Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976 to 1984.

Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

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