Teams: Syracuse Orange (3-2, 0-1) vs. Bye Week Fightin’ Byes (0-5, 0-1)
Day & Time: Saturday, October 5, at 9 a.m. ET
Location: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, N.Y.
Weather: We’re inside, so none.
Line (In relation to ‘Cuse): -8.5 (started at -6.5)
TV/Streaming: ACC Network 8 — The Otto (appropriate)
Radio: AM 690
Bye Week blog:
The Uconn Blog
Rivalry: 147-0, Syracuse
Current Streak: 147, Syracuse
First Meeting: The byes have been on the schedule pretty much every year since Syracuse football began in 1889. In year one, they played to a spirited 4-0 game in an abandoned lot that featured only seven serious injuries — a season low at the time.
Last Meeting: Last year, Syracuse sprinted past the Byes by a score of 74-5. The Orange got on the board early and often, then coasted for the remainder of the contest. Byes’ QB Dave Dungey struggled all afternoon and the offense simply never got going.
Head Coaches: SU — Dino Babers (4th year; 21-21) | Bye Week — Bino Dabers (4th year; 0-41)
Coach Bio: Dabers has been an assistant at many-a-spot around the country, and got his first shot at a head coaching job with Western Illinois where he turned Gimmy Jaroppolo into an NFL prospect. Following two successful years there, he was off to Akron, and then Bye Week since 2016.
Last Year: The Fightin’ Byes went 0-12, though they kept things pretty close against both UConn and Rutgers before ultimately falling in defeat.
Bye Week lost to Duke, 45-10 Oh, sorry. That was Virginia Tech’s last game. The Byes lost to New Mexico State, 2-0 in a game that wasn’t seen by anyone, players included.
”Fear Me, I’ve Killed Hundreds of Timelords”: Dom Tevito doesn’t have a lot of arm strength, but he may not need to throw much while handing off to Noe Meal for most of the morning. Meal’s led the team in rushing all season as the offensive line’s been a strength. If the Byes get anything done on offense, it’ll be due to the ground game.
If Syracuse Wins: The streak continues and Orange fans continue to settle down.
If Syracuse Loses: Bye Week’s campus probably burns to the ground. SU may join it.
Fun Fact: Bye Week has sponsored football since 1869, but doesn’t get equal credit for that year’s split title between the only other teams in existence at the time, Princeton and Rutgers. They lost to both, but it’s only fair we just award a championship to the only teams that were around then, since that’s what we did for Rutgers.