NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - NOVEMBER 19: Munchie Legaux #4 of the Cincinnati Bearcats throws a pass against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Rutgers Stadium on November 19, 2011 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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UC has to establish the run. They failed at it last week miserably. If it's Munchie or Luallen or Kay, they have to have something on the ground to open up the air. When Rutgers was able to sit back on pass plays, Munchie didn't make the best decisions or throws. This team is always better when Isaiah Pead is running well. He only had 14 touches against Rutgers. That's not going to cut it.
3. Help Munchie Out: Looking at you D.J. Woods and Kenbrell Thompkins. Both dropped a number of 1st down catches against Rutgers and Woods has had his share of butterfingers seemingly since 2009. They need to do the little things to give Munchie the best opportunity to get in a rhythm and feel comfortable running this offense. Syracuse will most certainly stack the box to stop Isaiah Pead so it will be up to the passing game to keep the defense honest.
Another strength of this group is its ability to protect the football. Syracuse has turned the ball over only twelve times in ten games with six interceptions and six fumbles. In four of their last five games, the Orange have not committed a turnover.
That is obviously going to be the key for the game. The Bearcats need to force turnovers to be effective as a unit on defense.
"Based on the flow of the game, we have some packages for Jordan Luallen," UC coach Butch Jones said Friday. "We’re pulling out all the stops. You could see Jordan in the third or fourth series."
That could mean the wildcat package which was wildly successful against N.C. State but hasn't been seen since could be making a return.
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Syracuse is going to be relying heavily on a pair of first year safeties today.