ACC Defections won't affect Saturday's game

The first time Syracuse players and coaches were asked about the defection of Virginia Tech to the ACC, they deflected the question.

"They're No. 4 in the country," Anderson said. "I'm not worried about (the defections)."

"There will be someone else on our football schedule to play," head coach Paul Pasqualoni said.

Still, Anderson did take a parting shot.

"Virginia Tech always feels they've above people," Anderson said. "So let them move on."

This Saturday, when the Orangemen head down to Virginia to play the Hokies (5-0, 1-0), will mark the last meeting for the foreseeable future between these two rivals. The two teams have played close, competitive games the past two years, with Syracuse (3-1) knocking the Hokies out of the top 10 in each of the two matchups.

The Orangemen's recent success against the Hokies will likely make Tech fans on Saturday even more hostile than they have been in recent years.

Last year, the Orangemen shocked the then-No. 8 Hokies, 50-42, in triple overtime last year, when the Orangemen carried a 3-7 record.

In 2001, Syracuse dropped Tech, 22-14, in Blacksburg, Va., which has given the Orangemen a shot of confidence.

"It doesn't hurt to know you can go into a hostile environment and play well," Scanlon said. "But it's going to be a hard game either way."

Scanlon and the defense will have their hands full. The Hokies come in averaging 44.4 points a game, headed by star running back Kevin Jones. The junior has rushed for 551 yards in five games, including seven touchdowns. Meanwhile, Bryan Randall has impressed as well, throwing for 808 yards and nine touchdowns.

"Obviously last year we gave up a lot of points," Pasqualoni said. "We need to stop them."

"This isn't Canada. We don't play with 12 guys. If we had that extra guy, we'd be all set."

While Pasqualoni will be hard pressed to sneak a 12th man on the field, it won't be hard to find motivation for this week, even if Tech's defection doesn't add anything.

"That's pretty much (for the media)," Scanlon said. "We play Virginia Tech every year. It's a conference game, so it's hard every year. … A season is measured in wins and losses, not what conference you play in."

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