The Syracuse Orange have one streak going for them – they’re picked because the underdog for the fourth straight time, even at house in opposition to a winless workforce and after a bye week to heal.
Syracuse (1-2, 1-2 Atlantic Coast Convention) hosts Duke on Saturday within the second recreation contained in the refurbished Provider Dome. Duke (0-4, 0-4) has dedicated 15 turnovers, essentially the most within the nation. Syracuse is coming off a 37-20 house victory over Georgia Tech and is second nationally in turnovers gained with 10.
The Blue Devils are slight favorites.
”We’ve not been favored (in any recreation) and , that is OK,” Syracuse coach Dino Babers stated. ”We have to get higher.”
”We attempt to not give attention to that,” Orange redshirt freshman cornerback Garrett Williams added.
Syracuse intercepted 4 passes in its victory over Georgia Tech, the best single-game whole in Babers’ 5 years as coach and essentially the most interceptions by the Orange in 14 years. And 4 gamers accounted for these picks: freshmen defensive backs Ja’Had Carter and Rob Hanna had their first in faculty, as did redshirt senior defensive deal with Josh Black, whereas defensive again Trill Williams added his fourth.
Duke is making an attempt to get management of a season that’s slipping away after lower than a month. The Blue Devils are off to their worst begin beneath 13th-year coach David Cutcliffe. Although they lead the Bowl Subdivision ranks in turnovers, the Blue Devils had only one final weekend – and never coincidentally had their finest scoring output of the season – in a 38-31 loss to Virginia Tech.
The problems in opposition to Virginia Tech had been penalties (eight for 76 yards) and inconsistency that led drives to stall, together with a fast three-and-out within the fourth quarter after a turnover that gave Duke an opportunity for a go-ahead rating.
There was additionally a protection that could not maintain up in opposition to the Hokies’ operating recreation, which produced 324 yards and 4 touchdowns on 50 carries.
”Simply do your job,” Cutcliffe stated. ”No person must be Superman. You do not have to do greater than what’s required. You simply need to do what’s required. And if we take that strategy and all of our phases, we’ll be simply advantageous. We have got sufficient good soccer gamers to play and win after we play nicely collectively, and that is acquired to be the factor.”
The Blue Devils posted season highs of 139 yards speeding and 410 whole yards in opposition to the Hokies, together with Mataeo Durant operating for 86 yards and Deon Jackson operating for 68 extra with two touchdowns. That floor recreation might actually assist ease the strain on Clemson graduate switch Chase Brice, who has three landing passes with seven interceptions.
”They will are available in right here able to go,” Babers stated. ”We’ll have a bonus that we’ll have some guys wholesome, supposedly, and hopefully catch as much as recreation pace quick sufficient.”
Different issues to know:
NEW SCHEME WORKS
New defensive coordinator Tony White’s 3-3-5 scheme has carried out nicely thus far for the Orange. Syracuse’s seven interceptions are tied for the nationwide lead and its 155 return yards on these picks is the very best mark within the nation. The large query mark is Andre Cisco, the rover within the new alignment. A preseason, first-team All-American, Cisco damage his decrease physique throughout pregame warmups in opposition to Georgia Tech and sat out. Babers hinted that Cisco might play however would not say for certain.
Duke hasn’t been 0-Four since going 0-12 in 2006 beneath former coach Ted Roof. The Blue Devils are 0-Four within the ACC for the primary time since going 0-5 in 2016. They completed 1-7 within the league that 12 months.
RUN SEAN RUN
Syracuse’s run recreation sputtered within the first two video games of the season, highway losses in opposition to North Carolina and Pitt, averaging beneath 2 yards a carry. Sean Tucker gave the Orange a jolt in opposition to the Yellow Jackets, speeding 24 instances for 112 yards – and two touchdowns within the first quarter – to grow to be simply the 11th freshman in class historical past with a 100-yard recreation.
”We predict we have loads of good backs,” Babers stated.
A YEAR EARLIER
Duke and Syracuse are assembly for the second straight 12 months, with the Orange seeking to repeat final 12 months’s lopsided outcome. The Orange visited the Blue Devils final November with an 0-5 ACC document, solely to roll to a 49-6 victory. Syracuse led that recreation simply 14-6 at halftime however blew it open when Duke had three straight drives finish in turnovers, together with an interception that Cisco returned for a 48-yard landing.
AP Sports activities Author Aaron Beard in Raleigh, North Carolina, contributed to this report.
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