|Contrary to the evidence provided in the picture, Pat Forde does not like the Syracuse Orange in week on|
In his initial Forde Yard Dash column of the year, he predicts losses for Syracuse and Louisville on opening weekend:
But Syracuse will be taken down by visiting Wake Forest, and Louisville will be stunned by Murray State. The Orange and the Cardinals are both positioned to backslide a bit after significant improvements last season and look vulnerable in their openers.
Syracuse was fortunate in 2010 (few injuries, 4-0 in games decided by seven points or less) and has six new defensive starters who combined to do very little in 2010. They will be facing Jim Grobe's most experienced Wake team in several years.
Now, I'm not discounting Wake one bit. They have a huge offensive line that could pose some serious problems for the Orange, but citing experience as a reason for the upset is pretty weak. Sure they are experienced, but the experience they gained last year was one that led to finishes near the bottom of the NCAA rankings in both offense and defense last season. Experience alone doesn't mean a whole lot - but then again, neither do pre-season predictions.