Sunday, February 7, 2016

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 30 years, covering covering Penn State football, Villanova basketball and other college sports, along with golf and the Penn Relays. This is his seventh season on The Inquirer’s Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976-84.

Joining Joe this season is Erin McCarthy, an intern for The Inquirer and a junior at Penn State majoring in print and digital journalism. This is Erin's first season on the Penn State football beat. She previously spent two summers as an Inquirer summer intern on the Pennsylvania and South Jersey desks. She is also an editor for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A Delaware County native, Erin graduated from Episcopal Academy.

Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

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