A statistical look at the matchup between the Syracuse Orange and South Florida Bulls

Syracuse and South Florida square off on Saturday as the Orange hit the road for the first team. Statistical preview inside.

Two weeks ago, the Syracuse Orange showed the world that they can hang with elite teams, playing a tightly-contested game against the LSU Tigers throughout the 60 minutes. Since then, the Orange had their bye week, which came at the perfect time as key players like Eric Dungey, Steve Ishmael, and Rob Trudo needed the extra time to recover from their injuries. Also, considering how thin this Orange team is, getting a bye week helps a ton with stamina and energy. The Orange will be back to the playing field on Saturday as they will play their first road game against the South Florida Bulls. Let’s take a look at some key numbers between the two teams.

36 

Syracuse has recorded 36 tackles for a loss in 2015, which means they're on pace for the second-most tackles for loss in school history.

343

It’s been 343 offensive plays since the last time the Orange have fumbled the football. Their last fumble came against Pittsburgh on November 22nd, 2014. With the amount of freshman on this team, this is pretty impressive and it speaks volumes of how important this is to the coaching staff. This leads into our next number. 

0

The Orange are currently ranked No. 1 in the NCAA in terms of fumbles lost.

9

This will be the ninth time the Orange and the Bulls face off against one another. The two teams played against each other in the old Big East from 2005 to 2012. The Bulls currently hold a 6-2 lead in the series.

9

The Orange have nine takeaways this year, which is good enough for 42nd-best in the country.

84

Syracuse’s 15 true freshman have accounted for 359 yards of total offense, which is 84 percent of the team’s total.

701

A win against USF would be Syracuse’s 701st all-time victory, which would be the 18th-most victories for FBS programs.

Quick Facts

   A win against USF would be the team’s second consecutive win against the Bulls and second straight victory against an opponent from the American Athletic Conference.

   Syracuse currently ranks fourth in the nation in terms of rushing defense, giving up just 102 yards per game.

   Zaire Franklin is undoubtedly one of the linebackers in the nation. He has 67 tackles this season. USF’s Marqez Hodge, however, has 73 tackles.

   Brisly Estime ranks second in the ACC in terms of punt returning average, posting an average of 21.1 yards.

   Riley Dixon is the fourth-best punter in Syracuse’s history in terms of punting average, posting an average of 42.5. He also has excellent leaping ability.

   Syracuse has an 11-3 overall record when they play on October 10th.

With Eric Dungey back in the lineup, the Orange will be able to open up their playbook once again. Zachary Mahoney held his own against LSU’s stout defense, throwing three touchdowns, but the Orange weren't able to do as much with Mahoney as they would with Dungey. Against an opponent like USF, a team that lost three straight, the Orange should be able to take care of business against a lowly AAC team. Dungey and company will have the upper-hand in this one and the Orange should be traveling back to Syracuse after the game with a 4-1 record.

Prediction: 27-16 Syracuse

Statistical Comparison

Category SU USF
Overall Record 3-1 1-3
Home 3-1 1-1
Away 0-0 0-2
Points Scored 32.8 24.8
Points Allowed 19.5 24.0
First Downs 69 75
Rushing Offense 188.2 210.5
Passing Offense 162.5 166.2
Total Offense 350.8 376.8
Rushing Defense 102.0 131.0
Passing Defense 255.0 233.8
Total Defense 357.0 364.8
Kick Return Avg 23.5 25.2
Punt Return Avg 18.4 12.2
Interceptions 5 5
Fumbles Recovered 4 0
INTs Thrown 3 5
Fumbles-Lost 2-0 7-0
Turnover Margin +6 0
Penalty Yards Per Game 40.5 65.8
Time of Possession 29:15 28:42
3rd Down Conv. % 35.8% 25.0%
Opp. 3rd Down Conv. % 29.6% 36.9%
Sacks-Yards 11-88 9-75
Sacks Allowed 5 10
Tackles for Loss 36 31
Red Zone Offense 12-13 11-13
Red Zone TDs 7-13 8-13
Red Zone Defense 11-13 8-9
Red Zone TDs 6-13 5-9

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