Teams: Syracuse Orange (5-5, 3-3) vs. Pittsburgh Panthers (5-5, 2-4)
Rankings: Syracuse (UNR), Pitt (UNR)
Day & Time: Saturday, November 23, 12:30 p.m. EST
Field: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY
Line: -1, Pitt
TV: ACC RSN (Including ESPN3 and a whole slew of local TV stations across America. Sorry, America.)
Announcers: Tim Brant, Dave Archer
Radio: Syracuse IMG Network
Pitt News: Cardiac Hill
Rivalry: 34-31-3, Pitt
Streak: 1, Syracuse
First Meeting: The 1916 game didn't go as planned for the Orangemen, who lost 30-0 in Archbold Stadium.
Last Meeting: Syracuse snapped a seven-game series winning streak by Pitt with a 14-13 victory in the Dome. Adonis-Ameen Moore scored a big touchdown in that game…remember him?
Most Famous Meeting: A toss-up between the 1923 meeting that took place in Yankee Stadium (SU won 3-0) and the 1996 meeting, which Syracuse won 55-7 to earn their 600th victory in program history.
School Connections: Other than the fact that we've played one another every year since 1955 and we've been conference-jumpin' buddies for a while now, there's a bunch of coaching connections. Pitt RB coach Desmond Robinson was SU's RB coach from 2005-06 and SU AAD for football operations from 2007-08. Syracuse LB coach Clark Lea and Pitt D-Line coach Inoke Breckterfield coached together at UCLA in 2011. Orange OL coach Pat Perles coached the O-line for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL in 1996, where Pitt HC Paul Chryst was Saskatchewan’s OC. Finally, Perles also worked with Pitt DC Matt House at Michigan State in 2001-02. WHEW.
Head Coaches: SU: Scott Shafer (1st Year, 5-5), Pitt: Paul Chryst (2nd Year, 11-12)
Last Year: Pitt wrapped up its last Big East season as only Pitt could, in the BBVA Compass Bowl in Birmingham. They lost to Ole Miss and finished 6-7. So Pitt.
"Fear Me, I've Killed Hundreds Of Timelords": I'd say QB Tom Savage, but he's 0-2 against Syracuse in his career (from his time at Rutgers), so, not so much. We'll go with the two-headed RB monster that is Isaac Bennett and James Conner. The duo has racked up 1,148 yards and 12 touchdowns on the year. Of course, there's also the two-headed WR monster that is Devin Street and Tyler Boyd, who have combined for over 1,600 yards and 13 touchdowns. Pitt's got a lot of two-headed weapons.
Last Game: The Panthers fell behind UNC 27-3, staged a furious comeback to tie things up, only to watch the Heels pull out a 34-27 victory. So Pitt...
Fun Fact: Syracuse and Pitt both rank among the top 20 FBS programs in all-time wins. The Orange are 16th with 703 victories. The Panthers are 19th with 688.
Fun Fact 2: Syracuse will host Pitt for the second year in a row. It's the first time the game hasn't switched home turf since 1976-1977 (Pittsburgh).