Teams: Syracuse Orange (1-0, 0-0) vs. Louisville Cardinals (1-0, 0-0)
Day & Time: Friday, September 9, 8:00 p.m. EST
Field: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY
Radio: Syracuse IMG Network, WAER 88.3, Sirius 93/XM 193
Louisville Blog: Card Chronicle
Rivalry: 8-6, Louisville
Current Streak: 2, Louisville
First Meeting: The rivalry got underway in 1985 and the brutish Orangemen destroyed the Cardinals 48-0 in the Carrier Dome.
International Meeting: Syracuse not only beat Louisville in 1987 but they annexed Japan while they were at it. SU defeated the Cardinals in the Coca-Cola Bowl in Tokyo, Japan, 24-13, the only time Syracuse has played outside the U.S.
Last Meeting: The Cardinals absolutely crushed the Orange 41-17 on their home turf. SU actually had a 10-7 lead at one point but Kyle Bolin, Louisville's third-string quarterback, laid waste to the Orange secondary, throwing for 362 passing yards and three scores.
Head Coaches: SU: Dino Babers (1st Year, 1-0), Louisville: Bobby Petrino (7th Year across two stints, 59-18)
Last Year: Louisville finished the season 8–5, 5–3 in ACC play, good for third in the Atlantic Division. They were invited to the Music City Bowl where they defeated Texas A&M.
Last Game: The Cardinals murder-death-killed Charlotte 70-14. It was so bad that they were up 56-0 at halftime and very easily could have reached 100 if they’d have kept their foot on the gas.
"Fear Me, I've Killed Hundreds of Timelords": A large reason why they did the bad things to Charlotte was quarterback Lamar Jackson. In 30 minutes of action, he put together 286 passing yards, 119 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. He threw for six and rushed for two. He’s very, very good.
If Syracuse Wins: Construction on the Dino Babers statue that will eventually replace the Ernie Davis statue begins.
If Syracuse Loses: Well, we were supposed to. It matters more how we lose. If it’s a shootout or at least close, then we will have accomplished something. If we get blown out, it could be a bad sign for things to come.
Fun Fact: Unprovoked, Bobby Petrino publicly called out Syracuse for potentially cheating during his initial press conference this week. You know it’s a dick move because if he really was concerned about it, he’d have kept it quiet and spoken to the refs and league officials. Instead, he prettied it up with some gee shucks charm because he doesn’t think much of Dino Babers’ hype and wanted everyone to know. He’s just that nice a man.