Here are five keys to watch on Saturday.
1. Bearcats Defense Must Stop Delone Carter.
The senior running back from Ohio has seen injuries slow his career. But he's starting to gain some steam and use his skills. Strong back who is not afraid of contact. If the Bearcats slow Carter they'll force Greg Paulus to put the team on his shoulders.
2. Bearcats Defense Must Keep Pressure On Quarterback Greg Paulus.
The former Duke Basketball player has done well in his first and only season as a college quarterback. Paulus looks to throw the football and hasn't shown the ability to use his feet to make plays. The Bearcats defensive front seven must keep pressure on Paulus from the first snap and force him into bad decisions. If given time he's shown he's fully capable of putting together drives.
3. Bearcats Defensive Backs Must Keep Mike Williams In Check.
When the Orange throws the ball they look to super wide out Mike Williams who averages 118.7 receiving yards per game. Williams will be ready for the Bearcats after sitting out Syracuse's game against Akron for violation of team rules.
4. Keep Syracuse Linebacker Derrell Smith In Check.
The senior linebacker leads Syracuse in tackles and has 9.5 tackles for loss to go with 6.5 sacks on the season. The Bearcats can allow Smith to make tackles as long as they are in the second tier and not behind the line of scrimmage.
5. Cincinnati Must Get Off To A Fast Start.
Just like they've done for most of the season the Bearcats must get off to a fast start and take the crowd out of the game. Syracuse is looking for a game to hand their hats on and the Bearcats would be one. But if UC can start out of the gate fast the Orange will be squeezed early and the Bearcats will return home with their perfect record still intact.