Teams: Syracuse Orange (4-2, 1-2) vs. Bye Week University Fightin’ Byes (0-6)
Day & Time: Saturday, October 13, 2018, 12:21 p.m. ET
Location: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, N.Y.
Line: Syracuse opened as a 10-point favorite, but is now listed as a 25-point underdog
TV/Streaming: FS8: The Huit
Bye Week blog:
Shakin the Southland
Rivalry: Syracuse leads, 128-0
Current Streak: 128, Orange
First Meeting: Syracuse and Bye Week actually met on the field for the first time ever on Nov. 5, 1869, one day before Princeton and Rutgers played what is commonly accepted as the first collegiate football game. So why has everyone seemingly forgotten SU vs. BWU? Maybe because of the typical central-wing political coverups. Or maybe it has something to do with the fact that Syracuse and the Byes actually got together for a rousing game of “pass the medicine ball to the fellow chap with the mustache” and not what was considered football at the time.
Last Meeting: Bye Week came to play last year, as defensive end Dric Eungey sacked Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey seven times in the game’s first 12 minutes alone. A tie game at half (-10 to -10), would change dramatically after Sterling Hofrichter boomed a 90-yard punt, tackled the Fightin’ Byes return man at the 10-yard line, forced a fumble, and then returned it for a score. Hofrichter would go on to kick three field goals, catch a TD pass, and take over as the entire linebacking crew on defense in Syracuse’s 54-7 win.
(Credit: John Cassillo)
Head Coaches: SU: Dino Babers (3rd year, 12-18), Bye Week: Bino Dabers (3rd year, 0-30)
Coach Bio: Dabers spent much of the first few decades of his career as a journeyman assistant, then finally got a chance to be a head coach at Western Illinois. There, he showed off his slow-paced, rushing-based offensive attack which he learned at TCU a decade ago. After two years at WIU, he went off to Toledo for two years, and then headed to Bye Week U. He’s started to change the culture at Bye week U, but some fans seem to be impatient and think success is something achieved overnight and not something that takes time.
Last Year: The Fightin’ Byes went completely winless in 2017, as they did in ‘16, but this team started to show some flashes in certain games. The Byes nearly beat Clemson at their home, BoldArch Stadium in mid-October. Overall, Dabers and company utilize the only down-tempo offense that features nothing but lineman and running backs, which has created confusion for defenses. It’s not an offense for everyone, but games last approximately 2:24 minutes and opposing teams typically wear down due to boredom.
Last Game: Bye Week U went to Chapel Hill and came away with a close, heartbreaking loss, going down in defeat to North Carolina, 4-3. The Byes started the game by driving 99 yards following an opening-drive kick return that went 20 yards the wrong way. Despite the early three-point deficit, the Tar Heels were able to sack Byes QB Dommy TeVito in the endzone twice in the fourth quarter and hold on for the win.
“Fear Me, I’ve Killed Hundreds of Timelords”: Noe Meal has rushed for 2,200 yards through the season’s first six games. Meal is the heart and soul of Dabers’ ground-and-pound rushing attack. The funny part about his eye-popping numbers, though, is that Meal has yet to score a single touchdown this season. The other interesting part to Noe Meal is that he is listed at six-foot-eight and 400 pounds. Although, Dabers says Meal plays like he’s 350 pounds.
If Syracuse Wins: Everyone will stop worrying about how Syracuse is in trouble and that the sky isn’t just falling, that it fell and crushed the world.
If Syracuse Loses: The sky won’t just fall, it’ll fall and crush the world. RIP, us.
Fun Fact: The last time Syracuse University won a game at Pittsburgh, Paul Pasqualoni was head coach. The last time the Fightin’ Byes were victorious at Pittsburgh, Pasqual Pauloni was a fourth-string field goal kicker for Bye Week U.