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Syracuse vs. Louisville: Pre-game jitters thread

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Welp, it’s now or never if we want to make a bowl game...

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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.

Also, your guide to early kickoffs you should want to watch

(all times ET)

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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


Pittsburgh Panthers (4-6, 2-4) at Virginia Tech Hokies (7-3, 3-3), 9:20 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.