Teams: Syracuse Orange (3-6, 0-5) vs. Duke Blue Devils (4-5, 2-3)
Day & Time: Saturday, November 16, 4 p.m. ET
Location: Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham, N.C.
Line: -10 Duke, as high as -11
TV/Streaming: ACC Network
Radio: Cuse.com, TK 99/105, WAER 88.3, SirusXM - Away: XM Streaming 972, Home: XM 194 (Streaming 956)
Duke blog: Duke Basketball Report
Rivalry: 3-0, Duke
Current Streak: 3, Duke (duh)
First Meeting: Back in 1938, Ol’ Ossie Solem lost to Wallace Wade and Duke by a score of 21-0 in Syracuse, N.Y.
Last Meeting: Back in CNY for the first time since that 1938 meeting, the Blue Devils picked up where they left off and defeated the Orange 27-10.
Head Coaches: Syracuse - Dino Babers (4th Year, 21-25) | Duke - David Cutcliffe (12th Year, 75-77)
Coach Bio: The smartest guy in the room, Cutcliffe began his career in the high school ranks after graduating from Alabama. After a few successful seasons as head coach, he was hired as a part time assistant at Tennessee, getting fully promoted in 1983. He would stay with the Vols until 1998, becoming known for his offensive acumen, especially with quarterbacks after coaching some dude named Peyton Manning. In December of ‘98, Cutcliffe was hired by Ole Miss, where he coached until 2004. That season was his only losing season in Mississippi, and after refusing to fire any of his staff he was removed as head coach. Health problems had him step away from coaching until he was re-hired by Tennessee in 2006. The following offseason, Duke swept him up, and he’s remained in Durham ever since, turning the Blue Devils into a consistent mid-tier ACC team after taking over a program who only won four games in the previous four years.
Last Year: Led by current New York Giants starting QB Daniel Jones, Duke and Cutcliffe strung together an 8-5 season, capping their year with a convincing win over the Temple Owls in the Independence Bowl.
Last Game: Duke hosted the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, losing 38-7. Ian Book threw for four touchdowns and rushed for 189 yards in the win.
”Fear Me, I’ve Killed Hundreds of Timelords”: It seems lazy to pick the QB, but Quentin Harris has thrown for over 1,600 yards this season, with 14 touchdowns. Add in his over 400 yards on the ground and another six rushing touchdowns, and you see why Cutcliffe has been able to maintain consistency after losing a first round NFL caliber quarterback.
If Syracuse Wins: That faint glimmer of hope in salvaging a bowl becomes a maybe legitimate light at the end of the tunnel.
If Syracuse Loses: Glimmer extinguished, and those season ticket renewal emails continue to sit in your email inbox.
Fun Fact: Remember Dave Wohlabaugh? His son is a starting lineman for Cutcliffe and Duke, but will be out an indefinite period of time as he recovers from an ankle surgery.