USA TODAY Sports-Raj Mehta

A statistical look at the matchup between the Syracuse Orange and the Central Michigan Chippewas.

A statistical look at the matchup between the Syracuse Orange and the Central Michigan Chippewas.

It wasn’t as easy as the Rhode Island game, but the Syracuse Orange were able to use big plays in the second half to beat the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. Up until the third quarter, the Orange were struggling to move the football down the field. However, thanks to an 89-yard pass to Brisly Estime and a 53-yard yard pass to Steve Ishmael. More importantly, true freshman Eric Dungey looked terrific, and the Orange hope that will continue on Saturday when they host the Central Michigan Chippewas. Let’s take a look at some key numbers between the two teams.


Syracuse has recorded seven takeaways so far in the 2015 season. They currently lead the nation in turnovers gained.


Throughout the 2015 season, Syracuse has given up just 50 rushing yards. Considering the Orange have young players rotating in upfront, that number is pretty impressive.

Other Facts to Know

Syracuse is looking for its first 3-0 start to a season since 1991.
The Orange are second in the nation in terms of rushing defense, giving up just an average of 25 yards per game.
When he was an assistant coach in the Mid-American Conference, Scott Shafer went 7-2 against Central Michigan.
The Orange have played the Chippewas twice and they have won in both contests.
A win in this game would be the program’s 700th all-time victories, which would mean the Orange would have the 18th-most victories among in FBS programs.
Defensive line coach/Special teams coordinator Tim Daoust served as the defensive line coach for the Chippewas in 2010.
After losing to Oklahoma State in Week 1, the Chippewas beat Monmouth to a score of 31-10.

If Dungey can keep up his terrific play and the Orange can shut down the run, Syracuse will have a great chance to go up 3-0 before their matchup next weekend against the LSU Tigers. Wake Forest has more talent than Central Michigan in some areas, but the Orange need to make sure they replicate the success they’ve had over the course of the past two weeks. That said, the Orange have the weapons to win this game and they're playing too well right now to lose to an opponent like the Chippewas.

Prediction: 31-14

Statistical Comparison

Category SU CMU
Record 2-0 1-1
Points Per Game 38.5 22.0
Points Allowed Per Game 8.5 17.0
Rushing Ofense 230.5 76.0
Passing Offense 167.5 296.5
Total Offense 398.0 372.5
Rushing Defense 25.0 110.0
Passing Defense 216.5 190.0
Total Defense 241.5 300.0
Kick Return Avg 22.7 20.5
Punt Return Avg 23.8 2.0
Interceptions Caught 4 1
Interceptions Thrown 1 2
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 1-0
Fumbles Recovered 3 0
Turnovers Gained 7 1
Turnover Margin +3.0 -0.5
Penalty Yards Per Game 33.0 52.5
Net Punt Avg 40.2 35.5
Time of Possession 32:59 33:23
3rd Down Conv. 42.9% 57.1%
Opp. 3rd Down Conv. 29.6% 34.5%
Sacks-Yards 5-33 4-19
Sacks Allowed 3 5
Tackles for Loss 18 11
Field Goals 4-5 3-3
Red Zone Offense 6-6 7-8
Red Zone TDs 2-6 4-8
Red Zone Defense 2-2 5-7
Red Zone Def. TDs 1-2 3-7

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