Day & Time: Saturday, October 10, 12:30 p.m. ET
Location: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, N.Y.
Line: Somehow Syracuse are two to three point underdogs
Duke Blog: Duke Basketball Report
Rivalry: 3-1, Duke
Current Streak: 1, Syracuse
First Meeting: The first two meetings between Syracuse and Duke came back in 1938 and 1939. Duke was ranked in both matchups and won both. The first was at Archbold Stadium and the then No. 7 Blue Devils shut out the Orange 21-0
Last Meeting: Syracuse let out some steam against Duke after losing four straight in 2019. Moe Neal and Jarveon Howard rushed for 115 yards and a rushing touchdown each. Andre Cisco added a pick six along with two passing touchdowns from Tommy DeVito as the Orange stomped over the Blue Devils 49-6
Head Coaches: Syracuse - Dino Babers (fifth year, 24-28) | Duke - David Cutcliffe (13th year, 72-83)
Coach Bio: Cutcliffe started his coaching career by working his way up the Tennessee ladder. He started as an assistant in 1982 and eventually became the Volunteers offensive coordinator from 1993 to 1998, where he notably coached Peyton Manning. Cutcliffe got his first head coaching gig with Ole Miss from 1999 to 2004, where he recruited Peyton’s brother, Eli to the program. After a brief return in 2006 to Tennessee as its offensive coordinator for two years, Cutcliffe was hired as the Duke head coach for the 2008 season, where he remains to this day. During his time with the Blue Devils, Cutcliffe has made six bowl games, going 3-3 in those contests
Last Year: Much like Syracuse, Duke saw a somewhat successful 2018 season get followed up by a disappointing 2019 season. The Blue Devils went from 8-5 in 2018 to 5-7 in 2019. Five Duke players did make All-ACC teams, although none of them made the first team.
Last Game: Despite Virginia Tech not having more than 20 players available for the game due to Covid-19 related issues, the Blue Devils couldn’t capitalize as they remained winless in the 2020 season with a 38-31 loss. The 31 points Duke put up were the most on the season so far, with Clemson transfer Chase Brice throwing for 276 yards, a touchdown, and an interception.
“Fear Me, I’ve Killed Hundreds of Timelords”: Victor Dimukeje leads the Blue Devils in tackles for loss with five and sacks with four. He earned second team All-ACC honors in 2019 as he and Chris Rumph II form a scary edge rushing attack that’ll keep Syracuse’s tackles busy.
If Syracuse Wins: We immediately claim ownership of Duke’s top recruits in basketball for the next five years because that’s how things work now.
If Syracuse Loses: We run for the hills as we must deal with the ultimate punishment - entering the Liberty game on a loss.
Fun Fact: As some Syracuse fans might remember, Brice came in for an injured Trevor Lawrence in 2018 as Clemson barely held on to a 27-23 win over Syracuse. Brice went 7-13 against the Orange that day with one interception. The pick was recorded by Trill Williams, which was his first career college interception.