September 4, 2007

Orange have plenty of room to improve

The Orange hoped to open their season with a momentous Friday night win over Washington in front of a loud Carrier Dome crowd last week.

Greg Robinson wanted to quell the murmurs of his uncertain future with a statement game showing the Syracuse program was on the right track.

Instead, Robinson and the Orange laid an enormous egg, losing 42-12 and the Dome was half-empty by the time the final whistle blew.

In the wake of such a devastating defeat, there are three major questions about this year's team that will need to be answered before the Orange can move forward from Friday's loss.

Where is the O-line?

Perhaps the most glaring deficiency for the Orange on Friday night was their inability to protect sophomore quarterback Andrew Robinson or to generate any type of running game with a stable offensive line.

Robinson was sacked a startling seven times for a combined loss of 21 yards. For a new quarterback trying to adjust to the speed of the college game, the lack of time in the pocket must have been unsettling.

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