Syracuse football game day: What to know about the Central Connecticut State matchup

first_img Published on September 1, 2017 at 11:13 am Contact Matthew: | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+ With the 2017 home opener upon us, here’s what you need to know as SU football begins its quest for its first winning season since 2013. The Orange is coming off back-to-back 4-8 seasons, while the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils finished 2-9 a year ago. Kickoff for Friday’s game is at 7 p.m.How can you watch the game? The game will air on ACC Network Extra.What are the biggest storylines surrounding Syracuse football? Check out our complete football guide, featuring embattled junior quarterback Eric Dungey, itinerant wide receiver/running back/return man Ervin Philips, and the “cows” of the offensive line. We also introduce the world of college football travel, since SU will travel nearly 5,000 miles via planes.How much do tickets cost? Tickets are still for sale, as low as $25 per seat. For first-year students, admission is free with valid SUID. What is head coach Dino Babers saying before the game? SU’s second-year head coach took attention from his air raid offense, saying the defensive line and defensive backs units are “greatly improved.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhat should you know about the Central Connecticut Blue Devils? Here’s the CCSU report, and here’s the story of two CCSU players whose grandfather was an All-American lineman on the 1959 Syracuse national championship team. What’s that patch on the new uniforms? The patch honors the late Dick MacPherson, SU’s legendary coach in the 1980s who died last month. A design in his honor will also appear on the Carrier Dome turf throughout the season. It’s the first game of the season, but how will SU fare throughout 2017? Our beat writers offer their thoughts on how Syracuse will do this year. Speaking of predictions, how will SU fare against CCSU on Friday? Our beat writers predict the Orange will steamroll the Blue Devils. Who’s playing where? Here’s the Week 1 depth chart, with analysis. What is Babers saying about the victims in Houston? Babers has numerous ties to the city and offered his prayers for those affected by the storm this week. Anything else you should know? Junior Kielan Whitner is transitioning from safety to middle linebacker, a key switch in the SU defense. Commentslast_img

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