Beat writers predict Minnesota to beat Syracuse in Texas Bowl

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ In less than an hour, Syracuse will cap off its 2013 season against Minnesota in the Texas Bowl. Beat writers David Wilson, Stephen Bailey and Trevor Hass offer up their predictions:David Wilson: Minnesota 28, Syracuse 24Everything’s biggerWinning three bowl games in four years would have been unheard of for the Orange five years ago, when the program was at its lowest. SU won’t get that third win, but simply making it to three in four years is a remarkable step for Syracuse. Both teams are going to pound the ball, but the Golden Gophers pound it just a little bit better. David Cobb is as good as any of the Orange’s running backs and defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman, a potential first-round pick, will be clogging up some holes.Stephen Bailey: Minnesota 27, Syracuse 17Bowled overSyracuse’s defense should expect to be on the field for a long time. Heavy doses of David Cobb and the Minnesota short passing game will ultimately wear down the Orange’s strong front seven as Terrel Hunt and Co. will have difficultly moving the ball through the air. Gophers defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman will give SU fits up front, just as Pittsburgh’s Aaron Donald and Wake Forest’s Nikita Whitlock did earlier in the season, and Minnesota will pack the box to keep Jerome Smith and the rest of Syracuse’s running backs in check. Despite the loss, Syracuse makes it a game and gets important ESPN face time.Trevor Hass: Minnesota 31, Syracuse 20Gold rushSyracuse and Minnesota are actually pretty similar teams in terms of strengths and weaknesses. Both teams feature run-heavy offense, pride themselves on hard-nosed football and boast experienced defenses. The only difference? Minnesota doesn’t turn the ball over nearly as much. Late turnovers will cost the Orange on Friday as SU fails to finish a winnable game. David Cobb becomes the first player to rush for 100 yards against Syracuse this season and the Gophers pull away in the fourth quarter. SU’s season is still a success, but the senior class’s legacy isn’t cemented down South. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on December 27, 2013 at 4:57 pmlast_img read more