This is part II of a 3 day series highlighting keys for a Syracuse victory over the Northwestern Wildcats Saturday. Check back tomorrow for the third and final key to victory.
Ryan Nassib Will Have To Out Duel Kain Colter
If Syracuse is going to defeat the Wildcats Saturday, Ryan Nassib is going to have to have a day through the air. Like I touched on yesterday with the Northwestern secondary, the quarterbacking situation is absolutely a strength for Syracuse, and quarterback play is going to have to go in Syracuse’s favor.
Nassib is going to be looking to make a statement and set the tone for the season, and I believe he will do so. He is the undisputed leader of this team, and I think Doug Marrone will open it up and let him throw all over the field against Northwestern. Nobody understands the disappointing end to the season last year like Nassib, who many pointed to as one of the problems in the tailspin. Nassib made no excuses, but this season Orange fans are looking for results instead of wondering what could have been.
Expectations are low in the national media for Syracuse, but they can without a doubt win this conference, or at the very least make a run at it. They are better than the fifth best team in the conference, and Nassib needs to show that he is among the best quarterbacks in the Big East week one against Northwestern. They hav had an entire offseason’s worth of game planning, and with little known about the Syracuse offense, Nassib should be able to out perform Cain Colter, who is also expected to have a great season for Northwestern.