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Beat writers unanimously pick UNC over Syracuse in season-opener

first_imgThe Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission.Syracuse football opens its season Saturday at North Carolina after an offseason that included only three days of spring practice and players sitting out of multiple August practices. Here’s what our football beat writers predict will happen Saturday in Chapel Hill:Betting line: North Carolina is 22-point favorites over the Orange with a total of 63 points.Anthony DabbundoAdvertisementThis is placeholder textAchilles’ heelNorth Carolina 41, Syracuse 16The Tar Heels are projected to be the third-best team in the 2020 iteration of the ACC, behind only Notre Dame and Clemson. The schedule makers did SU no favors scheduling a road trip against the conference’s second-best quarterback, Sam Howell. The Orange’s new 3-3-5 defense will struggle against a Tar Heels offense that finished second last year’s ACC passing success rate. My real concerns lie with SU’s offense, which will be starting converted fullback and tight end Chris Elmore at left guard and will be without its top two running backs, Abdul Adams and Jarveon Howard. Without being able to protect DeVito or run block, the Orange won’t be able to keep up with Howell.Danny EmermanSo there really wasn’t a chanceNorth Carolina 52, Syracuse 24In his press conference leading up to Syracuse’s season opener, Dino Babers quoted the “Dumb and Dumber” line, “So you’re saying there’s a chance?” Just like Mary ultimately rejects Jim Carrey’s character, UNC will take care of Syracuse on Saturday. If Syracuse were to hang with the Tar Heels, they’d need to pressure sophomore phenom quarterback Howell, come up with a few turnovers and ride a career game from DeVito. I actually think Syracuse will be able to move the ball, but the likelihood of all those three things happening are, as Babers said, razor thin.  MORE COVERAGE: Opponent Preview: What you need to know about North CarolinaBeat writer Q&A: The Daily Tar Heel’s Ryan Wilcox breaks down Syracuse-UNC Comments Adam HillmanPummeledNorth Carolina 48, Syracuse 10This is not the game for Syracuse to unveil a new defense. With missing pieces all across the roster, a limited offseason to implement schemes on the field and multiple stoppages in practice, SU didn’t have the luxury of a full offseason to completely grasp the nuances of defensive coordinator Tony White’s 3-3-5. On the other side of the ball is UNC, an offense with Heisman-hopeful Howell, star tailbacks Michael Carter and Javonte Williams and two deep threats in Dazz Newsome and Dyami Brown. The Tar Heels will score early and often against the Orange, and I don’t expect the SU offense to be able to keep up. Published on September 8, 2020 at 11:45 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Mahama to attend burial of Gyan’s mother

first_imgGhana President John Mahama is one of the top personalities expected to attend next weekend’s burial of the mother of Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan.Cecelia Love Amoako died in November last year in a car crash in Accra.The deceased mother of Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan, will be buried at her hometown in Mamponteng on Saturday March 16, 2013.She will however be laid in state at her Gbawe residence from Friday March 15 before a traditional sending off the following morning.It is at this occasion that several personalities in government, academia, sports, entertainment, friends and sympathizers are expected to pay their last respects.Top of the list will be President Mahama who promised to attend the final funeral rites before the Black Stars departed for the 2013 Nations Cup in South Africa. Officials from the Ghana FA, ex and current players of the various national teams, entertainment icons and other well-meaning Ghanaians are also expected to attend.GHANAsoccernet.com also understands a delegation from the Al Ain Football Club, where the leading striker of the Black Stars plays his club football is expected in the country next week for the ceremony.The official thanksgiving service is also slated to take place on Sunday March 17, at the deceased residence in Gbawe.Gyan is the latest Black Stars player within weeks to bury a parent following last month’s burial of the father of defender John Boye.last_img read more

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