Boston College Eagles
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Syracuse and Boston College renew a rivalry that began in 1924, resumed regularly in 1961 and continued through the formation of the BIG EAST Conference … The schools played every season from 1971 to 2004, when Boston College joined the Atlantic Coast Conference … Syracuse holds a 28-17 series lead … The Orange scored a 43-17 win in the last game of the 2004 regular season to forge a four-way tie for the BIG EAST title and deny the Eagles the outright championship and Bowl Championship Series bid.
SYRACUSE (7-4, 4-3 BIG EAST)
Doug Marrone (Syracuse ’91)
11-12, second season
Syracuse completed the BIG EAST portion of its schedule at 4-3 in conference play … The Orange are still mathematically alive in the BIG EAST title hunt, but would need four different results to fall their way … Syracuse is bowl-eligible for the first time since 2004 season and has clinched its first winning season since 2001 … Syracuse is one of seven teams nationally with five road wins and is the first team in BIG EAST history to win all of its league road games and lose all of its conference home games … The Orange rank sixth nationally in total defense (293.2 yards per game) and 13th in scoring defense (18.3 ppg) … RB Delone Carter is fourth in the BIG EAST in rushing at 91.3 yards per game … Carter has rushed for 1,005 yards and seven touchdowns on 198 carries … QB Ryan Nassib has thrown for 1,948 yards and 16 touchdowns with seven interceptions … WR Van Chew has 39 catches for 592 yards and five touchdowns … LB Derrell Smith is sixth in the BIG EAST in tackles (91) … DE Chandler Jones has a team-high four sacks … K Ross Krautman has been the BIG EAST’s most reliable kicker with 17 field goals in 18 attempts.
BOSTON COLLEGE (6-5, 4-4 ACC)
Frank Spaziani (Penn State ’69)
15-10, second season
Boston College became bowl-eligible for the 12th consecutive season after the Eagles defeated Virginia 17-13 last Saturday in Chestnut Hill, Mass. … Boston College finished the ACC portion of its schedule at 4-4 in the conference and will be either tied for third or fourth in the Atlantic Division following this week’s games … The Eagles have won four straight, which followed a five-game losing streak … BC has won two straight road games with wins at Wake Forest and Duke … Boston College saw two players, RB Montel Harris and RB Andre Williams, rush for more than 100 yards against Virginia as Harris had 114 yards and Williams had 108 … Harris, who is BC’s second-leading career rusher (3,600 yards), left the game against Virginia with a knee injury and will not play against Syracuse … Williams enters Saturday’s game with just 34 carries on the season … QB Chase Rettig has taken over as the starting quarterback and has completed 75 of 142 passes for 1,008 yards and six touchdowns with six interceptions … LB Luke Kuechly has 161 tackles in 11 games, leading the nation with an average of 14.6 tackles per game.