Live blog: Good morning from Syracuse
I'd really hoped for snow.
Looks like a little freezing rain, perhaps, but no flurries yet, and of course that's not the same. Same goes for these two football teams today. The Post-Standard here in Syracuse leads a story today by writing "The dream of a Big East championship has been dashed." And they're talking about Syracuse, not USF. Every league team starts out with the same dream, but these two teams don't have that. It's the Playing for Pride Bowl, and it could easily come down to which team is more motivated in their November desolation.
Read our scouting report today and you'll see that Syracuse ranks last in the league in total offense, total defense, scoring offense, scoring defense, rushing offense and rushing defense. The Orange have totaled seven sacks, a league low, while allowing 37, a league high, which is good news for both Matt Grothe and George Selvie, two sophomores who will play big roles again today. Special teams will be a key area -- Syracuse was able to knock off Louisville with the help of a 93-yard kickoff return by Max Suter, so the Bulls must be sound in what has been a suspect area this season.
-- Congrats to USF volleyball, which got a three-game sweep of Connecticut to lock up a spot in the Big East tournament. Coach Claire Lessinger, who continues to turn around a program that had one league win two seasons ago, has coined a new word, saying how well her teams "determinated" against the Huskies. It's a smart term, the melding of termination -- the slightly more polite term for a kill -- and determination. The Bulls, who were still technically on the bubble for the league tournament a day ago, are now tied for fourth in the standings with one game to play.
-- Heading over to the stadium in a sec. Assuming they're not suddenly charging $275 for wireless, I'll have plenty of time for lots of blogging today. Predictions? Apprehensions? Toss them in here and we'll see who saw things best in a few hours ...