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Syracuse and Wake Forest kickoff set for high noon in November

An important road test for Syracuse now has an official kickoff time.

Wake Forest v Syracuse
The Platinum were blown out by Wake Forest in the Dome last year
Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

A high-noon kickoff awaits the Syracuse Orange and the Wake Forest Demon Deacons when the two teams get together in Winston Salem, NC on Saturday, Nov. 3. The game will air on the YES Network. The Atlantic Coast Conference announced game times for the early November slate on Monday, which features league match-ups for every member.

Syracuse (5-2, 2-2) is fresh off a potential season-saving comeback victory against North Carolina last weekend at the Dome. The Orange, with redshirt freshman Tommy DeVito coming in at quarterback in the fourth quarter against UNC, is now just one more win away from becoming bowl eligible. Of course, prior to the battle with the Deacons, SU has a key home date with NC State this Saturday.

That game could tell us a lot about the team and its season. A victory over the nationally-ranked Wolfpack could vault Syracuse into the top 25. Plus, a win obviously means a bowl invitation will be on its way to central New York in December. And this weekend at the Dome will show us how head coach Dino Babers will handle his quarterbacking situation. Will he stick with the senior,Eric Dungey, or go with the young gun, Devito?

By the time Nov. 3 rolls around, it very well could be a pretty solid Syracuse team showing up to face Wake Forest. Or, if things go south against NC State, it could be a Syracuse squad still desperately looking to prove that the past is really behind it.

Clemson v Wake Forest Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Meanwhile, the Decs (3-4, 0-3) have a road trip to Louisville Saturday, after being blown out by Florida State last weekend, 38-17. Wake grabbed a 10-7 lead after the first quarter in Tallahassee, but the Noles then put up 24-unanswered points over the next two quarters and cruised to a 38-17 victory.

Par for the course, though, as it’s been a rough season in Winston Salem, with several blow-out losses already in the books. After one of those, a 56-27 shellacking by Notre Dame, Wake defensive coordinator Jay Sawvel was given the boot. That move hasn’t seemed to help much because the Deacons have given up an average of 42 points per game since Sawvel’s firing.

It’s a stark contrast from the last time these two teams got together in the Carrier Dome.

In that game, Wake Forest was the one needing one more victory to earn a bowl berth, while Syracuse was in a full tailspin. The Decs put a season high in points, blasting the Orange, 64-43. SU actually led 38-24 at intermission, but was held to just five points the rest of the way. Wake ultimately would go on to win eight games in 2017, including a nail-biting victory against Texas A&M in the Belk Bowl, 55-52.

Syracuse’s last trip to Winston Salem, back in the 2016 season, resulted in a tough, and kind of strange, loss. The weather, wind and rain, and Wake Forest’s defense seemed to hold Syracuse at bay, never allowing Babers’ crew to get any form of rhythm. Quarterback Dungey completed 16 of his only 25 pass attempts, with one pick, as SU reached the endzone just once. Wake was able to do just enough, walking away with a 28-9 victory.

The odds-makers will likely have Syracuse as the favorites against the Demon Deacons for that Nov. 3 game. Whether SU can justify the billing this late in the season, however, is still a question that needs to be answered.