Day & Time: Saturday, September 17, 3:30 p.m. ET
Field: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY
Line: -14.5 USF (started at 12)
TV: ACC Network Extra
Radio: Syracuse IMG Network, WAER 88.3, Sirius 93/XM 193
USF Blog: The Daily Stampede
SB Nation Season Preview: USF football went from bad to awesome overnight. Is awesome the new normal?
Rivalry: 7-2, USF
Current Streak: 1, USF
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: South Florida racked up 540 yards of total offense and Syracuse couldn't quite keep up as the Orange fell 45-24. Quinton Flowers finished 15-of-22 for 264 yards and two touchdowns.
Head Coaches: SU: Dino Babers (1st Year, 1-1), USF: Willie Taggart (4th Year, 16-23)
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. Things looked grim until last season when the Bulls turned it all around.
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: Last year they finished 8–5 (6–2), good for second place in the AAC's East Division. They were invited to the Miami Beach Bowl where they lost to WKU.
Last Game: Quarterback Quinton Flowers threw for a career-best 350 yards and four touchdowns and the Bulls pounded the Northern Illinois Huskies 48-17.
"Fear Me, I've Killed Hundreds of Timelords": Given what happened last weekend when a dual threat quarterback wreaked havoc on SU's defense, you've probably guessed by now we should all be terrified by Flowers. He tore us up last season and this year's pace coupled with a dismantled SU secondary probably spells doom for us.
If Syracuse Wins: It'll actually be quite the shock and could mean the Orange learned pretty quickly from the Louisville debacle.
If Syracuse Loses: It'll probably be confirmation on what you've already suspected...that this is going to be a long season.
Fun Fact: Always and forever...