Teams: Syracuse Orange (5-4, 2-3) vs. Bye Week Fightin’ Byes (0-9, N/A)
Day & Time: Saturday, November 6, 13:33 p.m. ET
Location: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, N.Y.
Line: No line for this one, but there are plenty for other games around the ACC and college football on DraftKings (odds/lines subject to change. T&Cs apply. See draftkings.com/sportsbook for details).
TV/Streaming: ESPN 8: The Ocho
Radio: Good luck
Bye Week Blog: Bye or Sell
Rivalry: 141-0-1, Syracuse
Current Streak: 32, Syracuse
First Meeting: Back in 1889, there were only so many teams with college football programs, but Syracuse and the school now known as Bye Week University managed to find each other and participate in a customary rock fight in a local parking lot. SU won 11-2, and as The Regional Institution for Off-Week Recreational Studies left the field, ‘Cuse players all called out “bye-bye” to them. RIOWRS would eventually change its official name to Bye Week University.
Last Meeting: Dommy TeVito was sacked 14 times by Syracuse en route to a 13-0 Orange win at the Dome.
Head Coaches: Syracuse - Dino Babers (sixth year, 29-40) | Bye Week - Bino Dabers (sixth year, 0-68)
Coach Bio: Dabers played running back at University of Alaska Fairbanks, then jumped into coaching around much of the Pacific Northwest. He’d gradually migrate to the Midwest before learning the no-spread offense at Texas A&M-Commerce, then took the down-tempo style to Bemidji State. Bye Week was impressed enough with his 1-24 record there that they hired him.
Last Year: The Byes were stuck in the wilderness a bit as an independent due to COVID making teams emphasize conference schedules a bit more. But they still managed an 0-6 record.
Last Game: It was ‘Bama week for the Fightin’ Byes and... things didn’t go too well for Dabers’s squad. The Tide were up 45-0 at halftime, then coasted to a 73-0 win. After the game, Nick Saban noted that Alabama had some things to work on.
“Fear Me, I’ve Killed Hundreds of Timelords”: While there’s very little good going on right now for Bye Week, they do have Shredder Garrett airing it out behind center. The Ole Miss transfer is a regular gunslinger, and the Orange secondary will have to be ready for an aerial attack.
If Syracuse Wins: The streak continues! Now bring on Louisville.
If Syracuse Loses: Dabers is carried off the field as a hero, while Orange fans start sweating the final three games of this season.
Fun Fact: Bye Week’s lone tie in the series came in 1990, though it’s an afterthought during a season where Syracuse was 7-4-2 in other games. While ties are no longer part of the college game, they used to be a fixture. The fact that SU and the Byes played to a 10-10 draw in 1990 is part of why the rule changed.