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Opposing Sideline Video: What's Gone Wrong With Syracuse So Far This Season?

Syracuse has staggered out to a 3-3 start so far this season, and hasn't looked very good doing it. There have been issues with their vaunted 2-3 zone defense, and some struggles against pressure defenses. Mike McAllister, my counterpart on Sports Illustrated's Syracuse site, breaks down their problems through the first three weeks.
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse has staggered out to a 3-3 start so far this season, and hasn't looked very good doing it. There have been issues with their vaunted 2-3 zone defense, and some struggles against pressure defenses. 

Mike McAllister, my counterpart on Sports Illustrated's Syracuse site, breaks down their problems through the first three week in our 8-minute chat leading up to Tuesday night's game.

During the video, we discuss these topics:

1. Why the Syracuse zone hasn't been as effective this year.

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2. Why ball pressure has caused problems for Syracuse's offense.

3. Why the rocky start may not last much longer.

To follow Mike's work on the AllSyracuse.com site, CLICK HERE

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