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Syracuse vs. Central Michigan: Pre-game jitters thread

A 3:30 p.m. ET kickoff means we’ll be burning a few hours this morning/afternoon.

Central Connecticut State v Syracuse Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

The Syracuse Orange (1-1) host the Central Michigan Chippewas (2-0) at 3:30 p.m. ET today. We’ll be watching (struggling) on ACC Network Extra if we’re not at the Carrier Dome.

Because the game’s not a nooner, we’ll have to distract ourselves with other football things in advance. First, some links for you to digest about this week’s matchup:

And while you’re reading those, a few (ACC) games that are worth tuning into once College Gameday wraps up...

(all times ET)

Oklahoma State Cowboys (2-0) at Pittsburgh Panthers (1-1), noon - ESPN

OK State’s one of the country’s top offenses. Pitt’s defense isn’t very good and just got manhandled by Penn State last week. Whoever decided the Panthers needed to face PSU and OK State back-to-back is an evil, evil person.

Connecticut Huskies (1-0) at Virginia Cavaliers (1-1), noon - ESPN2

How did this game end up on national television? Don’t watch this trash.

Furman Paladins (0-2) at NC State Wolfpack (1-1), 12:20 p.m. - ACCN Extra

After a rough opening outing vs. South Carolina, NC State bounced back last week with a nice effort against Marshall. Ryan Finley threw for 341 yards, but the secondary is still struggling pretty hard. This game won’t pose a problem, however.

Baylor Bears (0-2) at Duke Blue Devils (2-0), 12:30 p.m. - ACCN Extra

How is UConn-UVA on TV over this? Granted, Baylor’s garbage. But I’d very much like to see Duke toss 40 or so on them. The Blue Devils are much better than people assumed and could find themselves near the bottom of the top 25 on Sunday if things break right.

Utah State Aggies (1-1) at Wake Forest Demon Deacons (2-0), 3 p.m. - ACCN Extra

Wake is looking just as good as last year, if not better. And unlike last year, they’re finding ways to score more points. At one point, USU was a standout G5 program, but that’s not really the case anymore. As shown for the past two years, the Deacs know how to schedule advantageously.

We’ll be here all morning, so let’s chat.