Reyes questionable for Saturday

One question remains for Syracuse. Will the Orange be without running back Walter Reyes on Saturday when they face No. 19 Boston College in a game that will determine postseason eligibility?

Reyes, the Big East's second-leading rusher (100.0 ypg.), missed the Temple game on Nov. 13 with a shoulder injury. He is listed as questionable.

Syracuse (5-5) has played four ranked teams this season, and clearly improved along the way. But that won't matter much if the Orange fail to reach the postseason for the third consecutive year.

It has been suggested that coach Paul Pasqualoni is on the hot seat, and closing the season with losses to Temple and Boston College (8-2) won't do much to help his cause.

The Orange have produced impressive wins -- a 41-31 come-from-behind victory over Rutgers and a 38-31 double-overtime decision against Pittsburgh -- but only their final record will mean anything.

Syracuse managed a 39-14 win over Boston College in 2003. The Orange, however, have won just two of the six games they have played in November over the last two seasons.

NOTES, QUOTES

KEEP AN EYE ON: RB Damien Rhodes -- Filling in for injured starter Walter Reyes, the junior rushed for a career-high 200 yards and three touchdowns in a loss to Temple on Nov. 13. It marked Rhodes' second straight 100-yard game.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "We need to win. It's probably the biggest game of the season and if my arm's not falling off, I'm going to give it a go. I have to. I've got to be there for my coaches and teammates." -- RB Walter Reyes, regarding his availability for Saturday's game against Boston College.

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

LOOKING GOOD: RB Damien Rhodes (200 yards) bolstered Syracuse's ground game in the absence of injured starter Walter Reyes in a loss to Temple on Nov. 13. The Orange finished with 235 rushing yards and are ranked second in the league with a 178.5-yard average.

STILL NEEDS SOME WORK: Syracuse's run defense has one more opportunity to show improvement against Boston College this weekend. The Orange are ranked sixth in the seven-team league and have allowed 13 touchdowns on the ground.

ROSTER REPORT: RB Walter Reyes (shoulder) missed the Temple game and is questionable for Boston College on Saturday.

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