The Orangemen are reeling from a blowout loss against Rutgers, 24-7 at Rutgers Stadium. Syracuse had trouble with the wind, which topped 40 mph at times, muffing three kickoffs in five minutes, leading to three Rutgers scores.
Meanwhile, the Irish are playing some of the best football of their season, fresh off their third straight win, a 57-7 trashing of Stanford. Quarterback Brady Quinn completed 8-of-13 passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns in the win.
OFFENSIVE SCOUTING REPORT: The Irish will give it to tailback Julius Jones and then get out of the way. Jones is just 224 yards shy of setting the school's single season rushing yards record of 1,437 yards, owned by Vagas Ferguson in 1979. Jones has been on a tear during the Irish's three-game win streak, rushing for more than 200 yards a game during that time. Jones' 262 yards against Pittsburgh Oct. 11 set a new school single-game rushing record.
DEFENSIVE SCOUTING REPORT: Junior defensive end Justin Tuck has 13 sacks and 18.5 tackles for loss this year. He and linebacker Courtney Watson (107 tackles) are the cornerstones of the Irish defense. They will try to stop Syracuse tailback Walter Reyes, who has struggled recently. Reyes, who averages 105.3 yards a game, hasn't topped the 100-yard mark since rushing for 162 yards against Toledo Sept. 27.
Notre Dame at Syracuse Preview
Cuse Nation Top Stories
CuseCast: Episode 29Guests Sean McDonough and Corey Winfield join the program, Syracuse football recruiting tidbits, talking Tyus Battle replacing Tyler Roberson in the Syracuse basketball starting…
Cuse NationYesterday at 8:00 PM
Peterson, Sykes, Day Discuss CCSU WinSyracuse seniors Alexis Peterson, Brittney Sykes and Briana Day discuss the Orange's win over Central Connecticut.
Cuse NationYesterday at 7:45 PM
Coach Q Recaps Win Over Central ConnecticutSyracuse head coach coach Quentin Hillsman recaps the Orange's dominating victory over Central Connecticut.
Cuse NationYesterday at 7:30 PM
Syracuse Dominates Central ConnecticutThe Syracuse Orange women won their second game in a row with a convincing victory over Central Connecticut.
Cuse NationYesterday at 7:00 PM
Battle Shines in First StartSyracuse introduced a new starting lineup for Saturday's game against North Florida, and true freshman Tyus Battle shined in his new role.
Cuse NationSaturday at 3:30 PM