Quarterback - Even
Locker, and Robinson both have the ability to be playing on Sunday in the future. Locker has the edge with his running ability, but it is his first game so we will call this even. Robinson has the advantage of playing at home, plus a little mop up experience last season.
Running Backs - Washington
This isn't even close. The Huskies are bringing a stable, while Syracuse is down to one dinged up starter. I will be surprised if Syracuse can go over 80 yards rushing.
Wide Receivers - Even
Receiver is a strength for Syracuse, but Washington counters with an experienced veteran lineup. This one is really too close to call till they play.
Tight End - Washington
UW's TE by committee has more going for it than Syracuse who had to move a linebacker over to fill the position. Syracuse had a major blow when the starter quit right before camp.
Offensive Line - Washington
One word for Syracuse's offensive line...horrible. Washington's is unproven, but has some good size.
Defensive Line - Washington
Cuse's Jameel McNeal is a potential sack machine the UW has to look out for. Watch him line up against our LT all night long. UW is strong, veteran, and deep. UW has a very slight edge on paper. Keep your eye's on Gunheim, and Teo Nesheim who need to wreak havoc against a horrible Syracuse offensive line.
Linebacker - Washington
UW's unit is speedy, young, and talented. Syracuse doesn't match up at all. Rankin could have a hey day breaking tackles, and getting deep into the secondary.
Defensive Back - Syracuse
This is close, and Washington loses out simply to depth, and experience problems at cornerback. The Huskies will play two rookies on Friday. How they do will be a bellwether for this unit. Keep an eye on Vonzell Mc Dowell because Syracuse is going to throw at him all night. This will be a key matchup.
Special Teams - Syracuse
Syracuse has a good kicking game. UW's punter, kickoff guy, and placekicker are all unproven. Same can be said of our return unit until they play. Special teams have been weak under Willingham, and hopefully we see improvement on Friday. Anthony Russo will be the early season punt returner, but look for the "Flea" to grow into the role as the season progresses.