The opportunity for a postseason appearance is slowly disappearing for the Syracuse Orange so it is now that the team needs to step up and assert itself as it closes out the home portion of the schedule with a meeting against the Cincinnati Bearcats in the Carrier Dome.
Syracuse, which is coming off a second bye week this season, was the surprise team in the Big East Conference early in the season, the team posting five wins in seven opportunities and along the way taking down a power like West Virginia rather convincingly. However, before taking a break in the action the Orange bowed to USF at home in an ugly 37-17 final which means the program is now trying to break out of a three-game funk that has them dangerously close to being shut out of the postseason.
As for the Bearcats, they were expected to have their way in the conference this season, but after winning seven of the first eight games the team now finds itself in a five-way tie for third place in the conference standings. Last week Cincinnati scored a season-low three points in a 20-3 setback versus Rutgers on the road. Certainly having someone other than the injured Zach Collaros in at quarterback is a major factor, but the Bearcats had better get used to life without him because he's on the sidelines with a broken right ankle.
Game date, time: 12:00 pm ET, Saturday, November 26th
Location: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, New York
TV channel: Big East Network
Spread: Cincinnati favored by 3.
Series history: Cincinnati leads, 6-5.
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