The defense will have to deal with backs Eric Shelton and Lionel Gates. Shelton enjoyed a breakout game, rushing for 151 yards and two touchdowns. Meanwhile, Gates and Shelton combined for 226 yards against Kentucky two weeks ago.
Syracuse's offense looked strong against UNC, as RJ Anderson (288 passing yards) and Johnnie Morant (seven receptions) both had outstanding individual performances, along with Walter Reyes (191 yards rushing).
When brother goes against brother, what is a parent to do?
Such is the case for Maggie and Frank Gachelin, who will see their two sons, Louis and Elvis square off against each other. Louis, a senior at Syracuse, has managed to collect 300 tickets for friends and family.
Elvis, a sophomore, will likely get the short end of the stick.
"I'm going to cheer for Syracuse," Frank said. "Louis is a senior, this is his last year."
Things weren't so cut and dry for Maggie.
"I just want both of them to do well," Maggie said. "We're going to dress half and half."
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
SYRACUSE: Kevlin Smith. Smith foiled UNC RB Jacque Lewis attempt to tie the game in the third overtime. Should Jameel Dumas not be able to suit up, it will be on Smith to fill in.
UNC: JR Russell returned a punt for 46 yards and also blocked a punt against that Louisville recovered for a touchdown against Kentucky.
NOTES & QUOTES:
LB Jameel Dumas (leg), SS Diamond Ferri (shoulder) and DE Josh Thomas (leg) are not expected to play. … Syracuse head coach Paul Pasqualoni: "We're obviously happy we scored that many points and I wish we hadn't given up that many. But at the same time, as the game went on, the defense played better and we played better as a team."
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