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Syracuse vs. Pittsburgh: TV/streaming, time, odds, history, & more

SU heads back home, AND you can watch it on an actual TV.

NCAA Football: Syracuse at Pittsburgh Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Teams: Syracuse Orange (2-3, 0-1) vs. Pittsburgh Panthers (2-3, 0-1)

Day & Time: Saturday, October 7, 2017, 12:230 p.m. ET

Location: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, N.Y.

Line: Syracuse opened as 4.5-point favorites, though that line’s dropped by a point since Sunday.

TV/Streaming: See your local RSN affiliate list here / ACC Network Extra

Radio: Syracuse IMG Network, WAER 88.3, Sirius 93/XM 193

Pittsburgh blog: Cardiac Hill

Rivalry: 38-31-3, in favor of Pitt

Current Streak: Panthers, 4

NCAA Football: Rice at Pittsburgh Don Wright-USA TODAY Sports

First Meeting: Pitt beat Syracuse, 30-0 in the first of three straight mid-season losses for SU that year. The Panthers hold claim to that season’s national title (as does Army) after finishing the year 8-0. Navy (19 points) and Carnegie Mellon (six points) were the only teams to score on Pitt all season. No one cared that Syracuse and Pitt played that year either.

Last Meeting: In the 2016 season finale, the Orange and Panthers set a new FBS scoring record with 137 points in a 76-61 Pitt win. When asked about it this week, SU coach Dino Babers spoke like a man permenantly haunted by the Spectre of Death. He doesn’t think he can survive another 76-61 game, and honestly, we probably can’t either (though admittedly, it was fun as hell last year, despite the loss).

Head Coaches: SU: Dino Babers (2nd year, 6-11), Pittsburgh: Pat Narduzzi (3rd year, 18-13)

Coach Bio: Narduzzi played his final few season at Rhode Island, then went into coaching at Miami (OH) soon after, before heading back to the Rams. At one point in there, he tried to put Scott Shafer in the hospital. Narduzzi moved from Northern Illinois, back to Miami (OH), then to Cincinnati before taking over as Michigan State’s defensive coordinator in 2007. He stayed with the Spartans through 2014, and was hired as head coach at Pitt for the 2015 season.

Last Year: Pitt went 8-5 for the second straight year. The defense was deplorable, but the offense was pretty high-powered behind (now former) offensive coordinator Matt Canada, and future NFL players like Nathan Peterman and James Conner. The Panthers fell to Northwestern in the Pinstripe Bowl last December.

Last Game: Pitt finally put something together on offense this past weekend, beating Rice 42-10. Max Browne threw for 410 yards and four touchdowns, while the defense picked the Owls off three times. This was undoubtedly the Panthers’ best game this season. Also: Rice is trash.

"Fear Me, I've Killed Hundreds of Timelords": Quadree Henderson is pretty dangerous whenever he has the football. He has 94 rushing yards on just 16 carries this year, and has caught eight passes for 121 yards. Henderson has already returned one punt for a touchdown, and averages nearly 22 yards per kick return. Just make sure you know where he is...

NCAA Football: Pittsburgh at Penn State Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

If Syracuse Wins: We stay the course toward potentially making a bowl game at 3-3. As discussed, this game’s essential toward postseason eligibility, plus it’s just preferred that we beat Pitt after so many losses in recent years.

If Syracuse Loses: It’s going to be very difficult to keep this fan base believing that anything’s worth sticking around for this season. Mind you, I’LL still be here believing there’s something to watch, and watching the games twice just to spite myself. But there’s a fair chance you won’t be joining me -- or only joining the comments to ask me when basketball coverage starts (first response: soon).

Fun Fact No. 1: Syracuse and Pitt aren’t rivals, as we’ve pointed out. Part of that is because the teams are rarely good at the same time. Since 1991, there have been just eight seasons in which both teams finished with six wins or more. The teams never finished the same season ranked in that stretch.

Fun Fact No. 2: Not football. Don’t care.