Raymond James Stadium (65,857/Natural Grass)
Saturday, October 27 • 7 p.m. • ESPN3
Television - WATCH LIVE
ESPN3 — Mike Gleason and John Gregory
WTKW-FM 99.5 (flagship)
WFLA-AM 970 (flagship)
112; XM 197
Saturday’s game will be the seventh meeting between Syracuse and USF in a series that dates to 2005 … USF is 6-1 all-time against the Orange, though Syracuse was a 13-9 winner in 2010, the last time the teams met at Raymond James Stadium … USF took a 37-17 win at the Carrier Dome last season behind two touchdown runs by RB Demetris Murray and three field goals by K Maikon Bonani.
SYRACUSE (3-4, 2-1 BIG EAST)
Doug Marrone (Syracuse ’91)
20-24, fourth season
Syracuse improved to 2-1 in the BIG EAST with a 40-10 win against Connecticut last Friday at the Carrier Dome … The 30-point win against Connecticut gave Syracuse its largest margin of victory since a 42-7 win against Colgate Sept. 25, 2010 … It was Syracuse’s largest margin of victory in a BIG EAST game since a 41-7 win against Temple Nov. 8, 2003 … The Orange are 3-0 when they have had fewer, or the same number of turnovers as their opponent and 0-4 when they have finished with more turnovers than their opponent … Syracuse leads the BIG EAST in passing offense (308.4 yards per game) and is ranked 15th nationally in that category … QB Ryan Nassib is the BIG EAST individual leader in passing (308.4 ypg) … Nassib has thrown for 2,159 yards and 13 touchdowns on 176-of-270 passing … RB Jerome Smith is seventh in the BIG EAST in rushing (69.7 ypg) and is coming off the first 100-yard game of his career … WR Alec Lemon edges WR Marcus Sales for second in the BIG EAST in receptions … Both players average 5.3 receptions per game, though Lemon’s mark is slightly higher … LB Siriki Diabate has made a team-high 49 tackles and has four tackles for loss … DE Brandon Sharpe has 5.5 sacks and 10.0 tackles for loss … Sharpe ranks second in the BIG EAST in both sacks and tackles for loss.
USF (2-5, 0-3 BIG EAST)
Skip Holtz (Notre Dame ’86)
15-17, third season at USF
87-67, 13th season as collegiate head coach
USF began the season with wins against Chattanooga and Nevada, but looks to snap a losing streak that reached five games with a 27-25 loss at Louisville last Saturday … USF is ranked No. 116 nationally in turnover margin (-1.57 per game) … USF is the only team in the nation that does not have a defensive interception this season … The Bulls have forced just one turnover of any kind in their last four games … USF has dropped 11 of its last 12 BIG EAST games, with the lone win in that stretch a 37-17 victory at Syracuse Nov. 11, 2011 … QB B.J. Daniels ranks third in the BIG EAST in total offense, averaging 281.4 yards per game … Daniels has thrown for 1,693 yards and 13 touchdowns and is the conference’s fourth-leading passer (241.9 ypg) … Daniels has had a hand in 17 of the Bulls’ 23 touchdowns this season … RB Demetris Murray (54.9 ypg) and RB Lindsey Lamar (55.0 ypg) have taken most of the carries in the backfield … LB DeDe Lattimore ranks 10th in the BIG EAST in tackles (52, 7.4 per game).