Teams: Syracuse Orange (3-2) vs. Virginia Cavaliers (1-4)
Day & Time: Saturday, October 17, 3:30 p.m. ET
Field: Scott Stadium, Charlottesville, VA
Line: -7 Virginia (was -8.5)
Radio: Syracuse IMG Network, WAER 88.3, Sirius 93/XM 193
Virginia Blog: Streaking The Lawn
SB Nation Season Preview: Virginia football's improving, whether it's easy to notice or not
Rivalry: Tied, 2-2
Current Streak: 2, Virginia
First Meeting: The Orange(men) blanked the Cavs in Scott Stadium 37-0 way back in 1975.
Last Meeting: Connor Hughes kicked a 19-yard field goal as time expired and No. 25 Virginia escaped the Carrier Dome with a 27-24 victory over Syracuse in 2005. Perry Patterson was 17-for-26 for 172 yards and two rushing scores.
Head Coaches: SU: Scott Shafer (3rd Year, 13-17), Virginia: Mike London (6th Year, 24-42)
Head Coach Bio: The Virginia native played college ball for Richmond and pro ball for the Dallas Cowboys. After a stint as a police officer, he transition to coach and worked his way up through the ranks (at Virginia multiple times) before taking over the Richmond program in 2008. He led the Spiders to a 24-5 record and an FCS Championship in two years before ascending to take over Virginia in 2010. Despite a bowl appearance in 2011, it's mostly been misery for the Cavs during his tenure. They've had three-straight losing seasons and this year is shaping up to be more of the same. It's almost certainly his last at the helm.
Curious Connections: Current Virginia wide receivers coach Marques Hagans was the quarterback when the Cabs beat Syracuse in 2004 and 2005. He collected 538 combined yards of total offense between the two games.
Last Year: Despite starting 4–2, including an upset Louisville, the Cavaliers lost five of their last six and just missed out on a bowl game.
Last Game: The Cavaliers couldn't find the end zone in a late comeback bid, as the team fell to the Pitt 26-19 at Heinz Field.
"Fear Me, I've Killed Hundreds of Timelords": Quarterback Matt Johns has nine touchdown passes on the year so far and his most-likely targets have been Taquan Mizzell and Harry Potter villain Canaan Severin. The Virginia running game has been pretty rough so far so expect them to try and test our secondary. Fun.
If Syracuse Wins: The Orange will save face following the USF loss. A 4-2 record headed into the tough stretch ahead still leaves room for bowl eligibility.
If Syracuse Loses: Not only are the wheels off but the bus is on fire and headed directly towards a fireworks factory.
Fun Fact: Saturday's game marks the first time in the series that a meeting between Virginia and Syracuse will count toward the ACC standings. UVA is 1-6 when facing a new ACC member for the first time in conference play, dating back to when Georgia Tech joined the ACC in 1979.