Losers of three straight, the Syracuse Orange will return home to play the Pittsburgh Panthers in the friendly confines of the Carrier Dome. Judging by their last two road games, the inexperienced Orange seem to play better when they're at home. After a heart-breaking defeat in three overtime periods, Syracuse will need to pick things up quickly as the Panthers are winners of five out of their last six. Let’s take a look at some numbers for this Saturday’s matchup between the Orange and the Panthers.
True freshman Eric Dungey is just 23 yards shy of fifth on the Syracuse freshman single-season passing yards list. Donovan McNabb currently holds the record with 1,991 yards during the 1995 season. Dungey currently sits at 810 yards passing.
This year’s Syracuse team has scored at least 24 points in each of its games this season.
Syracuse and Pittsburgh have played against each other dating back to the Big East. The Panthers currently hold the series lead to a score of 36-31-3.
A win against Pittsburgh would be the Orange’s first win as a member of the Coastal Division within the ACC.
In terms of total wins, there is a one-game difference between Syracuse and Pittsburgh. The Panthers currently have 701 victories, while the Orange have 700 victories.
The Orange rank second in terms of fewest penalties with just 27 on the season.
• The Orange currently rank third in the ACC and 29th nationally in turnover margin.
• Eric Dungey is fourth in the nation with a completion percentage of .630.
• Brisly Estime ranks second in the ACC and 34th nationally in all-purpose yards with an average of 129 per game.
• Dungey ranks first in the ACC in passing efficiency.
• Junior Luke Arciniega currently ranks sixth in the ACC in sacks average.
• Redshirt freshman Ron Thompson currently ranks first in the ACC in sacks average.
Coming back home to play a Pittsburgh team that just entered the Top 25 rankings, this will be the perfect game for the Orange to get back on track and get some momentum their way as the ACC continues. However, Syracuse’s defenses has had a ton of lapses in the past few games and against a running back like Qadree Ollison, who’s playing extremely well in the injured absence of star James Conner, and a stud receiver in Tyler Boyd, it’s hard to see the Orange getting off the field on third down. This is why I have the Panthers coming out of this game with their fourth consecutive victory.
Prediction: 38-27 Pitt
|Points Per Game||32.2||27.8|
|Penalty Yards Per Game||43.0||36.3|
|Time of Possession||29:33||32:12|
|3rd Down %||39.0%||39.0%|
|Opp. 3rd Down %||40.0%||32.1%|
|Tackles for Loss||46||47|
|Red Zone Offense %||90.5%||81.0%|
|Red Zone TD %||57.1%||66.7%|
|Opp. Red Zone %||90.9%||100%|
|Opp. Red Zone TD %||59.1%||60.0%|