Teams: Syracuse Orange (3-1) vs. USF Bulls (1-3)
Day & Time: Saturday, October 10, 3:30 p.m. EST
Field: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
Line: -3, USF (opened at -5)
TV: CBS Sports Network (Find your local channel here)
Radio: Syracuse IMG Network, WAER 88.3, Sirius 93/XM 193
USF Blog: Voodoo Five (though it's inactive for now)
SB Nation Season Preview: The big 2015 USF football guide: It's bad
Rivalry: 6-2, USF
Current Streak: 1, Syracuse
First Meeting: In 2005, running back Andre Hall rushed for 222 yards and three touchdowns as the Bulls blanked Syracuse 27-0. It was SU's seventh-straight loss at the time en route to a 1-10 finish. Thanks GERG.
Last Meeting: In the last meeting between the two as Big East rivals, the Orange found themselves down 20 at halftime. Huge plays by Ryan Nassib, Alec Lemon and Durell Eskridge helped SU find their way back into the game, eventually winning 37-36 on a touchdown pass with three seconds left. I was so sure that SU was going to lose that my game recap was the angry post-loss recap I had already written.
Head Coaches: SU: Scott Shafer (3rd Year, 13-16), USF: Willie Taggart (3rd Year, 7-21)
Head Coach Bio: Taggart was a four-year starting QB for the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and parlayed that into a long coaching career there. After a stint at Stanford as the RB coach, he returned to WKU as head coach in 2010. The Toppers went 16-20 in three years, culminating in a Little Caesers Pizza Bowl appearance. He was hired by USF in for the 2013 season and immediately got off to a bad start, losing 52-21 to FCS school McNeese State. It hasn't gotten much better since and he's almost certainly on his way out.
Curious Connections: In 2010, both the Syracuse and USF head coaching jobs were open. Skip Holtz was considered the frontrunner for the SU job but chose the South Florida one while Syracuse hired Doug Marrone instead. Who the hell knows how things would have gone for both schools (and coaches) had Skip taken the SU job.
Last Year: The Bulls finished 4-8 in their second season in the AAC last year. They did manage to beat UConn, which is nice.
Last Game: The Bulls actually had undefeated Memphis on the ropes at halftime but the Tigers took advantage of USF miscues and eked out a 24-17 victory.
"Fear Me, I've Killed Hundreds of Timelords": D'Ernest Johnson leads all USF wideouts with 14 receptions for 223 yard and four touchdowns. If our secondary is going to get burnt by someone (and they are), it's going to be him.
If Syracuse Wins: They'll be 4-1 and so, so close to getting back to a bowl game. It'll also be validation from the LSU game that this Orange squad is better than many expected.
If Syracuse Loses: All of the momentum from the LSU game is gone and serious concerns about Syracuse's ability to win many games will be in play.
Fun Fact: It's a White Out!