Orange making more believers

CINCINNATI -- Still don't believe in Syracuse?

Just take a look at the Nippert Stadium scoreboard. The Orange lead the two-time defending Big East champs 17-0 with under eight minutes to go in the half. They recovered a Cincinnati fumble at the 20 and then punched it in, as fullback Adam Harris's goal-line fumble was scooped up by center Ryan Bartholomew.

On the very next play from scrimmage, D.J. Woods fumbled after a catch, and Syracuse's Phillip Thomas returned it to the Bearcats' 19. Syracuse couldn't get in the end zone but settled for the field goal and a commanding three-score lead.

Cincinnati's repeated trouble holding onto the ball this season -- and Woods has been a main culprit -- continues to haunt the team.

Syracuse is just tougher and far more disciplined right now than the Bearcats, who can't get their passing game going without Zach Collaros. This looks nothing like the Big East's best offense, and Syracuse's defense also has something to do with it.

If things don't change, the Orange are going to make a whole lot more believers today.