"We're on to Syracuse." exclaimed head coach Steve Addazio this afternoon in his weekly press conference. Boston College is back at home preparing for their second straight road game this time heading up north to face off with their rivals the Syracuse Orange. After being drubbed on Saturday night by Clemson, Boston College is going to move on and hopefully improve in all aspects of their play which only mustered seven points and allowed a whopping fifty nine to the Tigers.
On the other side of the field on Saturday, will be Dino Baber's Orange, a team that is has been a massive disappointment this season. Starting the preseason ranked, they have falled on hard times. With the graduation of quarterback Eric Dungey, comes prized recruit Tommy Devito who has not been able to keep up with the lightning fast paced offense that is part of the Syracuse identity. Syracuse's scoring has dropped almost 18 points from 40 last year to 23 a game this year. Much of this has to do with Syracuse's offensive line which has been positively dreadful all year, allowing 42 sacks by the most by any FBS school.
This is a huge game for both schools, as both need to win it if they want to get themselves to six wins. Syracuse still hasn't won a conference game yet, and is on a three game losing streak with a tough end of their year that includes Duke, Louisville and Wake Forest. But you can throw away records and previous games in a rivalry game where anything can happen.
Storylines Going Into This Game
Boston College needs to recover from the most lopsided loss of the Steve Addazio era, can they do that? Will Syracuse's stagnant offense find life against Boston College's struggling defense? Can Dennis Grosel find his footing again after looking overwhelmed against Clemson, or will BC just return to pounding the ball with AJ Dillon and David Bailey?
Random Syracuse Fact: Syracusan Charles F. Brannock invented the measuring device that tells a shoe salesman, what your size is. Also Nettleton patented the world’s first “Loafer” in 1933.
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