By The Numbers: Syracuse at Louisville

A statistical preview of the ACC matchup between the Syracuse Orange and Louisville Cardinals

Losers of five straight, the Syracuse Orange will go on the road to play the Louisville Cardinals in a game that has big implications for both teams. The Orange are 3-5, and if they want to be eligible for a bowl game this year, a win is vital. The Cardinals are 4-4 and their chances of making a bowl game will go up with a win. Let’s take a look at some key numbers between the two teams.


Eric Dungey is two yard shy of passing Troy Nunes for third on the Syracuse single-season passing record for freshman.


Brisly Estime became the first Syracuse player in 18 years to record multiple punt returns for touchdowns in a single season.


Syracuse has scored five non-offensive touchdowns, which leads the ACC.


Eric Dungey has scored at least two touchdowns in each game he’s played in this year.


This will be the 14th time Syracuse and Louisville play. The Cardinals hold the series lead of 7-6.


Syracuse is No. 1 in the ACC in terms of red zone offensive percentage.

Other Facts

Syracuse has recovered six fumbles through eight games in 2015.
Syracuse has converted eight of 11 fourth downs.
Rob Trudo leads Syracuse players with 40 starts in his collegiate career.
Eric Dungey ranks second in the nation in terms of passing efficiency from a freshman with 148%.
Ron Thompson ranks fourth in the ACC in terms of sack average with 0.75%.
Brisly Estime ranks second in the nation in terms of punt return average with 20.7%.

Syracuse’s inexperience has shown over the past few weeks. Teams have figured out how to get pressure on Eric Dungey and teams have figured out how to absolutely shred the Orange’s defense. With all of this being said, I have Lamar Jackson and the Cardinals pulling away late and winning by a nice margin.

Prediction: 37-24

Statistical Comparison

Category SU LOU
Record 3-5 4-4
Conference 1-3 3-2
Home 3-2 2-2
Away 0-3 2-1
Points Per Game 29.2 24.4
Points Allowed 29.4 21.9
Rushing Offense 164.9 140.0
Passing Offense 172.4 238.5
Total Offense 337.2 378.5
Rushing Defense 157.1 111.6
Passing Defense 263.2 197.6
Total Defense 420.4 309.3
INTs Thrown 6 10
INTs Caught 6 13
Fumbles-Lost 10-5 17-7
Fumbles Recovered 6 5
Turnover Margin +1 +1
Penalty Yards Per Game 42.8 61.4
Time of Possession 28:51 31:19
3rd Down Percentage 38.5% 40.7%
Opp. 3rd Down Percentage 41.8% 34.5%
Sacks 18 23
Sacks Allowed 13 32
Tackles For Loss 57 58
Red Zone Offense 92.6% 76.5%
Red Zone TDs 59.3% 52.9%
Red Zone Defense 93.5% 93.3%
Red Zone TDs Defense 58.1% 53.3%

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