Today’s the day that the Syracuse Orange (4-6, 2-4) either keep their bowl chances alive or everything crashes to the ground. Dramatic? Sure. But so are potential four-game losing streaks.
SU’s challenge on Saturday is the Louisville Cardinals (6-4, 3-4) — or more accurately, defending Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson. He’s not easy to stop, as we have some experience with last year.
The game kicks off at 3:30 p.m. ET today on ESPNU (or WatchESPN). We’ll have a gamethread for that, but in the meantime, we wanted to give you a quick reading collection and some early games to keep an eye on.
- Everything you need to know about today’s game: Time, network, history & more
- Our preview of five things to watch when Syracuse takes on Louisvile
- Julian Whigham shares some ideas on how to (maybe) stop Lamar Jackson
- Game preview, in podcast form
- We chatted with Card Chronicle about what to expect from Louisville
- ... and answered some questions about the Orange over there, too
- Eric Dungey and Dontae Strickland are listed as questionable for this one...
- Syracuse is wearing white helmets, white jerseys and orange pants this week
- Your weekly beer picks: From Syracuse(ish), Louisville and L.A.
- TNIAAM makes its predictions, and so do you
Also, your guide to early kickoffs you should want to watch
(all times ET)
Justyn Knight’s already won the first individual title in school history. Now we can see if the Orange can win their second team national title in two years.
Virginia Cavaliers (6-4, 3-3) at Miami Hurricanes (9-0, 6-0), 9 a.m., ABC
I’m fine with the U being back, and you should probably be too — especially if it prevents a third straight playoff berth from Clemson. Those teams will face off for the ACC title whether the ‘Canes win this game or not. But whatever.
Delaware State (1-6, 1-8) at Florida State Seminoles (3-6, 3-5), 9 a.m., ACCNE
Probably best to just avoid this pointless drubbing and chalk up a W for FSU.
The Citadel (5-5, 3-5) at Clemson Tigers (9-1, 7-1), 9 a.m., ACCNE
I think Virginia Tech’s still a pretty good football team, despite the three losses. And obviously, we want Pitt to lose because sometimes bad things happen to bad people — plus them not making a bowl would make me feel better. Petty? Nah.
Western Carolina Catamounts (7-4, 5-3) at North Carolina Tar Heels (2-8, 1-6), 3 p.m., ACCNE
I mean, I guess you could watch this for 30 minutes before the Syracuse game. Or you could just watch the end of an earlier game instead.