Thank you Terrel Hunt, for giving Syracuse football fans hope for first ACC season

Right now, I'm sure glad I've got this 2013 Syracuse University season ticket booklet.

Right now, I’m sure glad I’ve got this 2013 Syracuse University season ticket booklet.

Relish the points put up the last two games by the Syracuse football team, all 108 of them. That sort of offensive dominance doesn’t happen much around these parts.

Terrel Hunt sure looks good as the Orange quarterback.

I finally got to see Syracuse with my own eyes Saturday in the Carrier Dome, having missed the 56-0 thrashing of Wagner while my dear wife Karen and I were on that big boat to Bermuda. (See yesterday’s blog posting.)

The team that throttled Tulane 52-17 was night-and-day different than the squad I watched lose to Penn State and Northwestern on TV the first two games of this 2013 season.

Yeah, those games were on the road. Yeah, they were against a pair of Big Ten teams, something Wagner and Tulane will never be mistaken for such.

Nevertheless, Hunt has given Orange Nation hope. He can move behind the line of scrimmage. He can throw the ball down the field. He can make the other guys in the huddle more confident.

Drew Allen didn’t, not in the first two losses, not at the start against Wagner, and not even when he spelled Hunt at the close of the win over the Green Wave.

No more quarterback dilemma as Syracuse rests the bumps and bruises from the first quarter of the season this bye week, then preps for its first ACC game ever Oct. 5 in the dome against Clemson, which happens to be ranked No. 3 in the country. That will be a tough one, but now a .500 record in the league would bring enough wins to qualify for a bowl game in Scott Shafer’s first season as coach.

Now it gets interesting.

Thank you, Terrel Hunt.

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