Saturday afternoon, the Syracuse team that showed up at Central Michigan was a lot more pleasing to the eye than the one who barely escaped FCS foe Villanova in their opener, as the Orange (2-0) cruised to a 40-3 road win. The SU defense set the tone in the game, bouncing back from allowing the Chippewas (2-1) to start the game with a field goal to pitch a shutout over the final 52:43.
Most importantly, though, Syracuse now understands that they have to play their best every time out. After such a graphic example of what happens when they are not at their best, there is no doubt the Orange are aware of their situation. While they did escape with a win in their opener, they know they were fortunate to do so and simply need to be better to avoid close calls like that again.