After Syracuse's breakdown 2010 campaign that saw them finish 8-5 SU/ATS, the Orange jumped out to a 5-2 start last season including an impressive 49-23 Week 8 win over West Virginia. But the following week, they were blown out at Louisville 27-10 – the first loss in what started an 0-5 SU/ATS run to end the campaign. Expectations are low this season with only 12 returning starters, six true road games and another neutral site affair against USC in New Jersey. 5Dimes has Syracuse's season over/under wins at 5.5un-245. Senior
returns after breaking a handful of school records last season. The offensive line returns
and needs to improve on last season's 120 ypg rushing and 3.6 ypc.
"I think the team as a whole, and myself, have things to prove," he said in a recent interview at Manley Field House. "Our offense has a lot to prove, because we are better than what we’ve put out there on the field. I like to think that the offense runs through me, and now that I’m going to be a fifth-year senior I’ve got to take charge of this offense. And I think the offense is a reflection of myself and how some of the other veterans play."
“I think we all took it real personally,” Chibane says. “Especially the three of us. We were able to experience success two years ago, and we saw how the O-line play contributed to it and helped us win games. Last year we all thought of it as a step, maybe two steps, back.”