Teams: Syracuse Orange (2-2, 0-1) vs. Holy Cross Crusaders (1-2, 0-0)
Day & Time: Saturday, September 28, at noon ET
The Carrier Dome, AKA The Dome, AKA Loud House, AKA Our House, AKA The New Roof is Coming, Syracuse, NY.
Weather: High of 76/Low of 52 with a few showers
Line (In relation to ‘Cuse): -37.5
TV/Streaming: ACC Network
Radio: Cuse.com, TK 99/105, WAER 88.3,
Holy Cross blog: N/A, But the Telegram has decent Holy Cross coverage.
Rivalry: 23-5, Syracuse
Current Streak: 13, Syracuse
First Meeting: In 1905, when I can only imagine football was still being played on what is now the Quad, the Orange(men) defeated the Crusaders 16-4, in what sounds and probably felt like a May Mets game.
Last Meeting: The Orange and Crusaders would enter their rivalry in hiatus with a 5-3 Orange win in 1973. Yes, that Orange team was terrible, this was one of their two wins that season.
Head Coaches: SU — Dino Babers (4th year; 20-21) | Holy Cross — Bob Chesney (2nd year; 6-8)
Coach Bio: Chesney is in his second season as head coach, leading the team to a 5-6 campaign last year. He came to Holy Cross from Assumption College, where he was twice named Northeast-10 Conference Coach of the Year. Chesney played football at Dickinson College, where he graduated after four years of ball in 2000.
Last Year: Holy Cross started the year 1-6, but rallied to win the last four in a row, including a 32-31 season finale win over Georgetown in D.C. In case you’re wondering, the Hoyas led that one 31-5 at one point.
Last Game: The Crusaders headed to New Haven, Conn. where they lost 23-10 to Yale. The Bulldogs racked up over 500 total yards, with senior QB Kurt Rawlings accounting for 290 of them.
”Fear Me, I’ve Killed Hundreds of Timelords”: This isn’t meant as a joke, but punter Cody Wilkinson averaged 48.6 yards on eight punts in the aforementioned loss to Yale. Hopefully we don’t have a punt-off with Orange star Sterling Hofrichter.
If Syracuse Wins: The ship has been somewhat righted going into the bye week, as the Orange can get healthy before the rest of ACC schedule begins.
If Syracuse Loses: There is not enough alcohol in the world that would sedate the fanbase.
Fun Fact #1: If you don’t remember, Holy Cross was one of ‘Cuse’s opponents on their 1959 National Championship slate. SU took that one, 42-6.
Fun Fact #2: The largest margin of victory in this “rivalry” is 48 points, achieved by Syracuse in 1963.