Teams: Syracuse Orange (1-1, 0-0) vs. Albany Great Danes (0-2, 0-0)
Day & Time: Saturday, September 18, noon
Location: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, N.Y.
Line: No line as of right now.
TV/Streaming: ACC Network, WatchESPN
Albany Blog: Big Purple Fans
Current Streak: 0
First/Last Meeting: This is the first meeting between Syracuse and Albany in football.
Head Coaches: Syracuse - Dino Babers (sixth year, 25-37) | Albany - Greg Gattuso (eighth year, 34-42)
Coach Bio: Gattuso played defensive line at Penn State before starting his coaching career as a graduate assistant with the Nittany Lions. After a couple of years in high school, he went to Duquesne as an assistant twice before becoming the school’s head coach in 1993. He stayed in that position until 2004 before moving to the FBS as an assistant.
Gattuso was first with Pitt as the tight ends coach before becoming the defensive line coach and eventually the associate head coach. He stayed with Pitt for six years before moving to Maryland as its defensive line coach and eventual associate head coach. Gattuso moved to Albany after the 2013 season, where he has been since as the program’s head coach.
Last Year: Albany joined the FCS in playing a spring schedule. The Great Danes started the year ranked No. 13 in the FCS polls but lost three games to unranked opponents en route to a 1-3 finish.
Last Game: Albany had two drives to get back into the game after Rhode Island kicked a go-ahead field goal in the fourth quarter. However, the Great Danes botched the snap on a field goal attempt and got stopped at midfield on their second drive as the Rams held on to a 16-14 victory.
“Fear Me, I’ve Killed Hundreds of Timelords”: Roy Alexander leads the Great Danes early in receiving yards, buoyed off a 113-yard game against North Dakota State in Albany’s first game.
If Syracuse Wins: Our Imperialism map allows Syracuse to continue strengthening its stronghold as the College of New York.
If Syracuse Loses: So Urban Meyer, do you like Salt Potatoes?
Fun Fact: Syracuse hasn’t lost a football game against a team from the state of New York since the Orange lost to Army in 1986. SU has won the last 11 games in a row against teams from the Empire State.