(Michael Thomas Shroyer (USA Today))
(Michael Thomas Shroyer (USA Today))

A quick take on Syracuse's 83-73 loss against Virginia Tech on Tuesday evening:

After Syracuse pulled to within 51-48 with 10:39 left, Virginia Tech responded with an 8-0 run capped by a Justin Bibbs 3-pointer with 6:48 to go. The Orange would have one last gasp, pulling to within six points with around a minute left. But John Gillon and Tyus Battle missed 3-pointers on consecutive possessions, and Virginia Tech was able to extend its home-court winning streak to 15 games.

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Jan 21, 2017; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish guard Steve Vasturia (32) goes up for a shot as Syracuse Orange forward Tyler Lydon (20) defends in the second half at the Purcell Pavilion. Notre Dame won 84-66. (Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 21, 2017; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish guard Steve Vasturia (32) goes up for a shot as Syracuse Orange forward Tyler Lydon (20) defends in the second half at the Purcell Pavilion. Notre Dame won 84-66. (Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports)

A quick take on Syracuse's 84-66 loss against Notre Dame on the road on Saturday afternoon:

WHAT HAPPENED: After Syracuse had cut Notre Dame's lead to four with 9:48 left, the Irish went on an 10-0 run to take a 26-14 lead. 

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Syracuse's Tyler Lydon posts up against Boston College's Connar Tava Saturday. (Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports)
Syracuse's Tyler Lydon posts up against Boston College's Connar Tava Saturday. (Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports)

A quick take on Syracuse's 76-53 win over Boston College Saturday: 

Up just two points with 8:36 left in the first half, the Orange went on a 14-2 run to take control of the game. During that run, the Orange forced nine turnovers and BC went 0-7 from the field. The win put Syracuse back over the .500 mark in conference play.

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Jan 7, 2017; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard John Gillon (4) knocks the ball out of the hands of Pittsburgh Panthers guard Jonathan Milligan (55) during the first half at the Carrier Dome. (Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 7, 2017; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard John Gillon (4) knocks the ball out of the hands of Pittsburgh Panthers guard Jonathan Milligan (55) during the first half at the Carrier Dome. (Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports)

A quick take on Syracuse's 77-66 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday afternoon:

WHAT HAPPENED: Chris Jones' layup with 13:50 left in the first half cut Syracuse's lead to 14-8. From there, the Orange held Pitt scoreless until 5:12 left before intermission, and by then, SU had taken a 36-8 lead.

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Jan 4, 2017; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Andrew White III (3) drives the ball to get past Miami Hurricanes guard Davon Reed (5) during the first half of a game at the Carrier Dome. (Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 4, 2017; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Andrew White III (3) drives the ball to get past Miami Hurricanes guard Davon Reed (5) during the first half of a game at the Carrier Dome. (Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports)

A quick take on Syracuse's 70-55 win over Miami on Wednesday evening:

WHAT HAPPENED: After Dajan Vasiljevic's 3-pointer slashed SU's lead to 43-42 with 13:30 left, Syracuse responded with a 9-0 run to go up 10 with 10:25 left, capped by Andrew White's 3-pointer. From there, Tyler Lydon scored nine straight points for the Orange as Syracuse opened up a comfortable double-digit lead it would never relinquish. >> Read more at The Juice

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Boston College guard Jerome Robinson drives to the basket past Syracuse guard John Gillon. (Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)
Boston College guard Jerome Robinson drives to the basket past Syracuse guard John Gillon. (Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)

Syracuse's rough men's basketball season continued into the New Year with a 96-81 ACC road loss to Boston College Sunday

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Dec 27, 2016; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange forward Tyler Lydon (20) takes a jump shot as Cornell Big Red guard Wil Bathurst (20) and guard Robert Hatter (5) defend during the second half of a game at the Carrier Dome. (Mark Konezny (USA Today))
Dec 27, 2016; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange forward Tyler Lydon (20) takes a jump shot as Cornell Big Red guard Wil Bathurst (20) and guard Robert Hatter (5) defend during the second half of a game at the Carrier Dome. (Mark Konezny (USA Today))

After Cornell took a 16-14 lead with just over 11 minutes left in the first half, the Orange held the Big Red to just six points for the next eight minutes. During that time, SU took a 31-20 lead after a pair of Tyler Lydon free throws. Syracuse would then open up a 42-25 going into halftime, and the Orange would never be seriously threatened in the second half.

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Syracuse Orange forward Tyler Lydon grabs a rebound in front of St. John's Red Storm forward Tariq Owens during the first half at the Carrier Dome. (Rich Barnes/USA Today Sports Images)
Syracuse Orange forward Tyler Lydon grabs a rebound in front of St. John's Red Storm forward Tariq Owens during the first half at the Carrier Dome. (Rich Barnes/USA Today Sports Images)

The Syracuse Orange were outscored 54-31 in the second half as they lost to the St. John's Red Storm, 93-60, Wednesday at the Carrier Dome. >> Read more at The Juice

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Dec 19, 2016; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange forward Tyler Lydon (20) reacts after scoring against the Eastern Michigan Eagles during the first half at the Carrier Dome. (Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 19, 2016; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange forward Tyler Lydon (20) reacts after scoring against the Eastern Michigan Eagles during the first half at the Carrier Dome. (Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports)

A quick take on Syracuse's dominant 105-57 win against Eastern Michigan Monday night at the Dome:

WHAT HAPPENED: In welcoming old friend Rob Murphy back to campus, the one time Jim Boeheim assistant (2004-11), who is amazingly now in his sixth year guiding the EMU program, saw the Orange offense blitz from the opening tip in the bounce back victory. 

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Dec 10, 2016; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Andrew White III (3) shoots the ball against the defense of Boston University Terriers guard Kyle Foreman (25) during the first half at the Carrier Dome. (Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 10, 2016; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Andrew White III (3) shoots the ball against the defense of Boston University Terriers guard Kyle Foreman (25) during the first half at the Carrier Dome. (Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports)

A quick take on Syracuse's 99-77 rout of Boston University on Saturday afternoon:

WHAT HAPPENED: After a lackadaisical first half where the Orange went into intermission up just 45-39, SU's offense exploded in the second half to break a two-game losing streak.

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UConn men's basketball defeats Syracuse, 52-50, on the strength of a pair of late free throws at Madison Square Garden.

UConn's Christian Vital made the go-ahead free throws with 2.2 seconds remaining as the Syracuse Orange blew a double-digit second-half lead to lose to the Huskies, 52-50, Monday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more at The Juice

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Syracuse's Frank Howard (1) and North Florida;s Wajid Aminu (2) wrestle for a loose ball during the second half. (Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports)
Syracuse's Frank Howard (1) and North Florida;s Wajid Aminu (2) wrestle for a loose ball during the second half. (Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports)

No. 22 Syracuse held off North Florida's late surge for a 77-71 victory Saturday.

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Wisconsin Badgers forward Charles Thomas, Syracuse Orange center DaJuan Coleman and Wisconsin Badgers forward Nigel Hayes fight for a rebound during the first half at the Kohl Center. (Mary Langenfeld/USA Today Sports Images)
Wisconsin Badgers forward Charles Thomas, Syracuse Orange center DaJuan Coleman and Wisconsin Badgers forward Nigel Hayes fight for a rebound during the first half at the Kohl Center. (Mary Langenfeld/USA Today Sports Images)

No. 22 Syracuse was outrebounded 39-26 and outshot 50 percent to 41 percent as the Orange lost to No. 17 Wisconsin, 77-60, Tuesday at Kohl Center.

WHAT HAPPENED: For the second straight year Wisconsin (6-2) beat Syracuse (4-2) in the "Challenge" handing SU its second straight defeat. After seeing their 14 point first half lead cut to four at halftime, the Badgers came out on fire to begin the second half with an 13-2 run, coinciding with the Orange going cold, and there was not going to be an Orange second half run on this night against a veteran Badger team playing in front of the home crowd. >> Read more at The Juice

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Nov 26, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks forward Chris Silva (30) fights for a rebounds against Syracuse Orange center Paschal Chukwu (13) and guard Andrew White III (3) during the first half of the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational at Barclays Center. (Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 26, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks forward Chris Silva (30) fights for a rebounds against Syracuse Orange center Paschal Chukwu (13) and guard Andrew White III (3) during the first half of the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational at Barclays Center. (Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)

Brooklyn, N.Y. - A quick take on Syracuse's 64-50 upset loss to South Carolina at the Barclays Center on Saturday afternoon:

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Nov 26, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers fullback George Aston (35) stiff arms Syracuse Orange defensive back Kielan Whitner (25) on his way to scoring a touchdown during the second quarter at Heinz Field. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 26, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers fullback George Aston (35) stiff arms Syracuse Orange defensive back Kielan Whitner (25) on his way to scoring a touchdown during the second quarter at Heinz Field. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

A quick take on Syracuse's 76-61 loss to Pitt on Saturday afternoon to close out the 2016 season:

WHAT HAPPENED: Already down 35-21 to begin the second half, reserve quarterback Zack Mahoney threw a backbreaking pick-6 to Dane Johnson, giving Pitt a 42-21 lead with 11:38 left in the third quarter. 

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Nov 19, 2016; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange wide receiver Brisly Estime (1) runs from Florida State Seminoles defensive back Kyle Meyers (37) after making a catch during the second quarter of a game at the Carrier Dome. (Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 19, 2016; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange wide receiver Brisly Estime (1) runs from Florida State Seminoles defensive back Kyle Meyers (37) after making a catch during the second quarter of a game at the Carrier Dome. (Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports)

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The signs of progress at Pittsburgh are unmistakable. From the remodeled offices to the return of the popular "script" logo on the helmets to the arrival of living, breathing adrenaline rush Pat Narduzzi as head coach in December 2014, the vibe today is in stark contrast to the one tackle Adam Bisnowaty felt when he arrived in the summer of 2012.

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Nov 14, 2016; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Alexis Peterson (1) drives to the basket against the defense of Siena Saints guard Joella Gibson (14) during the second half at the Carrier Dome. Syracuse defeated Siena 102-65. (Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 14, 2016; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Alexis Peterson (1) drives to the basket against the defense of Siena Saints guard Joella Gibson (14) during the second half at the Carrier Dome. Syracuse defeated Siena 102-65. (Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports)

ESTERO, Fla. (AP) Alexis Peterson scored 27 points and had seven assists as No. 11 Syracuse held off George Washington 74-71 in the Gulf Coast Showcase on Friday night.

The Orange (4-1) will face No. 8 Ohio State in the semifinal, while George Washington (3-2) plays Florida Gulf Coast. Both games are Saturday.

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(Rich Barnes)

A quick take on Syracuse's 101-59 win over South Carolina State in the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational on Tuesday evening:

WHAT HAPPENED: After South Carolina State's Ed Stephens opened the game with a 3-pointer 30 seconds into the game, the Orange held the Bulldogs scoreless until the 13:54 in the first half. By that point, the Orange jumped out to a 15-3 lead and took a 46-31 lead into halftime. Syracuse completely ran away with the game in the second half, outscoring the Bulldogs 55-28, turning the ball over just twice.

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Florida State's Dalvin Cook (4) is tackled by Syracuse Orange defensive lineman Kenneth Ruff (45) during the first quarter. (Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports)
Florida State's Dalvin Cook (4) is tackled by Syracuse Orange defensive lineman Kenneth Ruff (45) during the first quarter. (Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports)

Florida State's Dalvin Cook ran for 225 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Seminoles to a 45-14 victory over Syracuse Saturday.

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Nov 18, 2016; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange center DaJuan Coleman (32) drives to the basket for a shot as Monmouth Hawks guard Collin Stewart (30) defends during the second half at the Carrier Dome. Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 18, 2016; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange center DaJuan Coleman (32) drives to the basket for a shot as Monmouth Hawks guard Collin Stewart (30) defends during the second half at the Carrier Dome. Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

A quick take on Syracuse's 71-50 win over Monmouth in the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational on Friday evening:

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Nov 12, 2016; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange defensive back Rodney Williams (6) reacts following his interception in the end zone against the North Carolina State Wolfpack during the second quarter at the Carrier Dome. Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 12, 2016; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange defensive back Rodney Williams (6) reacts following his interception in the end zone against the North Carolina State Wolfpack during the second quarter at the Carrier Dome. Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- It's been a month since Syracuse coach Dino Babers delivered a stirring postgame locker room speech that went viral on social media after the most important victory of his first year with the Orange.

But since that upset win over then-No. 17 Virginia Tech, "Our house!" has become "Their house." Syracuse lost its next home game - 35-20 last week to North Carolina State to fall to 2-3 in the Carrier Dome. Now, the Orange have a chance to reclaim their house and send their seniors out with a victory when they close their home schedule on Saturday against No. 17 Florida State (7-3, 4-3 ACC, No. 17 CFP).

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(Mark Konezny)

A quick take on Syracuse's 90-46 win over Holy Cross in the first game of the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational on Tuesday evening:

WHAT HAPPENED: Syracuse stifled Holy Cross defensively in the first half, holding the Crusaders to just one basket from 9:53 until 5:34. By that point, Syracuse had jumped out to a 36-17 lead, and the Orange cruised to its second straight win to start the season.

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Nov 12, 2016; Syracuse, NY, USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack running back Matthew Dayes (21) dives into the end zone for a touchdown over Syracuse Orange defensive back Rodney Williams (6) during the second quarter at the Carrier Dome. Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 12, 2016; Syracuse, NY, USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack running back Matthew Dayes (21) dives into the end zone for a touchdown over Syracuse Orange defensive back Rodney Williams (6) during the second quarter at the Carrier Dome. Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

A quick take on Syracuse's disappointing 35-20 defeat against North Carolina State Saturday afternoon, on Military Appreciation Day at the Carrier Dome:

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Nov 11, 2016; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) goes to the basket during the first half of a game against the Colgate Raiders at the Carrier Dome. Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 11, 2016; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) goes to the basket during the first half of a game against the Colgate Raiders at the Carrier Dome. Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

A quick take on Syracuse's 83-55 win over Colgate to open the 2016-17 season on Friday evening.

WHAT HAPPENED: A 21-4 run from Syracuse midway through the first half put SU in complete control of a game that flashed some of the team's potential for this season. 

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(Winslow Townson)

It's must-win time for North Carolina State and Syracuse. Time is running out on their postseason hopes.

Each team has to win two of three to become bowl-eligible, and one will be very disappointed on Saturday after they play in the Carrier Dome.

"That's a major goal we're fighting for," North Carolina State defensive end Bradley Chubb said. "Just got to stick together, stay as a team, and hopefully everything will pan out the way we want it to."

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Nov 5, 2016; Clemson, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers wide receiver Mike Williams (7) reacts after scoring a touchdown during the second quarter against the Syracuse Orange at Clemson Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports (Joshua S. Kelly)
Nov 5, 2016; Clemson, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers wide receiver Mike Williams (7) reacts after scoring a touchdown during the second quarter against the Syracuse Orange at Clemson Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports (Joshua S. Kelly)

With Clemson up 3-0 in the first quarter, Eric Dungey was intercepted by Ryan Carter, who returned the ball to the SU 5. Three plays later, Deshaun Watson ran it in from one yard out, which opened the floodgates for Clemson. 

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(Mark Konezny)

This is the time of year Syracuse coach Dino Babers wants his young team to fully embrace, even if it must start at No. 3 Clemson.

The Orange (4-4, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) have won two straight to head into the regular-season's final month with a bit of momentum.

"To be 4-4 at Syracuse University, where the games you remember are the ones in November," Babers said. "We are going into November where the games matter. There is something riding on it."

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The small ball lineup of John Gillon, Tyus Battle, Andrew White, Tyler Lydon and Taurean Thompson was effective. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Wierzbicki)
The small ball lineup of John Gillon, Tyus Battle, Andrew White, Tyler Lydon and Taurean Thompson was effective. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Wierzbicki)

Syracuse rallied for a 83-65 win over Division II Indiana (Pa.) University at the Carrier Dome on Tuesday evening. Here are some notes from the game:

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim talked about playing man-to-man defense prior to the start of the season, and the Orange did exactly that on Tuesday night. It was the first time since the 2009-10 team that Boeheim strayed from his vaunted 2-3 zone. If you'll remember, Syracuse lost an exhibition to LeMoyne with a roster that eventually climbed to the No. 1 ranking in the country.

The 2015-16 Syracuse basketball team was able to reach the Final Four in part thanks to a suffocating full-court press. Once the Orange fell behind by 14, Boeheim ditched his man-to-man defense and put on the press, which allowed the Orange to rally. In particular, the small ball lineup of John Gillon, Tyus Battle, Andrew White, Tyler Lydon and Taurean Thompson was effective.

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Oct 26, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; Syracuse Orange coach Jim Boeheim speaks to the media during ACC Operation Basketball at The Ritz-Carlton. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Dedmon)
Oct 26, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; Syracuse Orange coach Jim Boeheim speaks to the media during ACC Operation Basketball at The Ritz-Carlton. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Dedmon)

The talk bandied about Syracuse in the late 1990s and up until the '03 title team was that the program didn't produce a lot of NBA talent in comparison to the teams ahead of them on the all-time victory list -- Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina, and Duke. In the post championship decade, as we see the finish line ahead for the Jim Boeheim era, this talk has fallen by the wayside.

As of Oct. 31, there are 11 ex-'Cuse players on NBA rosters and never in Boeheim's 40 previous seasons has he not had at least one future NBA player on every team he has coached.

In fact, three of Boeheim's teams have had at least six future NBA players on the same roster.

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Oct 22, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Syracuse defensive lineman Josh Black (85) celebrates a sack with defensive lineman Steven Clark (72) during the second half of Syracuse's 28-20 win over Boston College at Alumni Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)
Oct 22, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Syracuse defensive lineman Josh Black (85) celebrates a sack with defensive lineman Steven Clark (72) during the second half of Syracuse's 28-20 win over Boston College at Alumni Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)

As unlikely as it seemed only a couple of weeks ago, following two straight ACC wins for just the second time in four conference seasons, and with four games to play to get perhaps a minimum of two victories to lock up a post-season bowl bid, the Syracuse football team heads into its open week with a little momentum, a ton more experience playing the schemes on both sides of the ball, and relishing the new-found national media attention that came with the Dino Babers post-Virginia Tech viral video and subsequent Sports Illustrated feature on an offense that's producing "a game that's faster than you've ever seen on turf."If there was ever a reason, and in this case a season, in which you can easily point to why there are too many bowl games to justify any sort of reward for a team having a strong year, and by that definition finishing at least at .500, it's 2016 with 41 bowl games (the two College Football Playoff semifinal winners meet in the championship game) opening up spots for a total of 82 teams.

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Syracuse almost went 1-1 on Saturday, but managed to beat Boston College and not themselves. The Orange (4-4, 2-2 ACC) tried their darnedest to submarine their own efforts by turning the ball over three times, giving up five sacks, and committing 16 penalties, but managed to pull out a 28-20 win over BC on a soggy, breezy day in Chestnut Hill. The defeat extended the Eagles' (3-4, 0-4) ACC losing streak to a dozen while snapping SU's streak of eight straight conference losses on the road.

The school-record 16 infractions included a half dozen flags for false starts by the Syracuse offense. Fortunately, there were some positive notations made by the Orange in their own record book.

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Oct 22, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey (2) tries to escape from Boston College defensive end Zach Allen (2) during the first half at Alumni Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 22, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey (2) tries to escape from Boston College defensive end Zach Allen (2) during the first half at Alumni Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Eric Dungey threw for three touchdowns, Ervin Phillips had a pair of scores and Syracuse beat Boston College 28-20 on Saturday, sending the Eagles to their 12th straight Atlantic Coast Conference loss.Dungey went 32 for 38 for 434 yards. He also ran 17 times for 54 yards for the Orange (4-4, 2-2 ACC).Last week, he became the first player in school history to throw for over 300 yards and rush for over 100 in an upset victory over then-No. 17 Virginia Tech.

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Oct 15, 2016; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange running back Dontae Strickland (4) scores a touchdown during the fourth quarter of a game against the Virginia Tech Hokies at the Carrier Dome. Syracuse won 31-17. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 15, 2016; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange running back Dontae Strickland (4) scores a touchdown during the fourth quarter of a game against the Virginia Tech Hokies at the Carrier Dome. Syracuse won 31-17. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

When Syracuse coach Dino Babers thinks about last week's victory over Virginia Tech, he thinks about his team's future, not its past."Any time you take over a new program, there's going to always be that game that everyone goes back to that turns the program," he said this week. "And hopefully three, four, five years down the road, people will point back to this game."Fresh off a 31-17 upset of the then-No. 17 Hokies, Syracuse (3-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) travels to Boston College (3-3, 0-3) to play its former Big East rivals. And Babers is hoping his biggest win yet in his first year as the Orange coach will be just the first of many.

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Syracuse wide receiver Steve Ishmael can't hold on to make a catch as Virginia Tech's Greg Stroman defends. (Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports)
Syracuse wide receiver Steve Ishmael can't hold on to make a catch as Virginia Tech's Greg Stroman defends. (Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports)

Eric Dungey passed for 311 yards and a touchdown and ran for 102 yards and a score as Syracuse upset No. 17 Virginia Tech 31-17 in an ACC football game Saturday.

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Syracuse Orange head coach Dino Babers looks on during the third quarter against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at BB&T Field. Wake defeated Syracuse 28-9. (Jeremy Brevard)
Syracuse Orange head coach Dino Babers looks on during the third quarter against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at BB&T Field. Wake defeated Syracuse 28-9. (Jeremy Brevard)

Halfway through their first seasons at their schools, coaches Justin Fuente of Virginia Tech and Dino Babers of Syracuse are headed in different directions.

Fuente seems to have picked up where Frank Beamer left off: the Hokies (4-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) are ranked 17th and lead the Coastal Division going into Saturday's game against the Orange in the Carrier Dome. Syracuse (2-4, 0-2 ACC) has lost four of five and faces three ranked teams in the second half of the season, its chance at the postseason seemingly out of reach already.

"There's a long season ahead of us," Fuente said. "We can take pride in winning a couple games. There's nothing wrong with that. But you've got to move past those things."

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Wake Forest Demon Deacons running back Matt Colburn (22) gets tackled by Syracuse Orange defensive back Rodney Williams (6) during the first quarter at BB&T Field. (Jeremy Brevard)
Wake Forest Demon Deacons running back Matt Colburn (22) gets tackled by Syracuse Orange defensive back Rodney Williams (6) during the first quarter at BB&T Field. (Jeremy Brevard)

Forget those old times of futility, and don't even worry about having to play football in a hurricane. Wake Forest is winning, and the way the Demon Deacons beat Syracuse 28-9 on Saturday night was methodical.

John Wolford ran for two touchdowns and a career-best 94 yards, and threw for 140 yards to lead Wake Forest (5-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Wolford was 13 of 22 and scored from the 7 and 37-yard line in the second quarter. Cade Carney, a freshman who had missed the three previous games with a knee injury, added 104 yards rushing on 29 carries, including a fourth-quarter touchdown for the Demon Deacons.

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Syracuse coach Dino Babers followed Wake Forest's Dave Clawson from Bowling Green to the Atlantic Coast Conference. Now he's trying to follow him up the Atlantic Division standings.

The former Falcons coaches will go against each other Saturday night when the uptempo Orange (2-3, 0-1) visit the Demon Deacons (4-1, 1-1).

"This is at warp speed," Clawson said of the Syracuse offense. "It's as fast an offense as I've ever seen, and it's hard to prepare for that tempo."

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Notre Dame Fighting Irish running back Josh Adams (33) leaps over defenders in the fourth quarter against the Syracuse Orange at MetLife Stadium. Notre Dame won 50-33. (Matt Cashore)
Notre Dame Fighting Irish running back Josh Adams (33) leaps over defenders in the fourth quarter against the Syracuse Orange at MetLife Stadium. Notre Dame won 50-33. (Matt Cashore)

Box score 

DeShone Kizer threw for a career-best 465 yards to help Notre Dame overcome another shaky performance by its defense and special teams and beat Syracuse 50-33 Saturday.

The Irish snapped a two-game losing streak, but did not show much defensive improvement in the first game since Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly fired coordinator Brian VanGorder. The Irish (2-3) allowed more than 30 points for the fourth time this season.

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(Winslow Townson)

Syracuse failed its biggest early season challenge, which in retrospect shouldn't have been a big surprise. Louisville apparently is that good.

Now the Orange (2-2) have a chance to make some amends for that 62-28 home loss to the rising Cardinals in early September when they meet Notre Dame (1-3) on Saturday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

The game gives Syracuse an opportunity on a national stage in an NFL stadium to show that first-year coach Dino Babers has the Orange pointed in the right direction. They're coming off a 31-24 road win over UConn that snapped a two-game skid.

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Sep 24, 2016; East Hartford, CT, USA; Syracuse head coach Dino Babers congratulates Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey (2) after he scored the winning touchdown during the second half of Syracuse's 31-24 win over Connecticut at Rentschler Field. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)
Sep 24, 2016; East Hartford, CT, USA; Syracuse head coach Dino Babers congratulates Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey (2) after he scored the winning touchdown during the second half of Syracuse's 31-24 win over Connecticut at Rentschler Field. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)

Item: Various schedule conflicts had limited our interaction with SU's first year coach to a couple of teleconferences since he came aboard last December, but we finally had an opportunity to have a casual face-to-face chat with the beaming and gregarious Orange boss following the 31-24 win over Connecticut last Saturday at East Hartford, only the 5th road win in the last four seasons in games played away from the Carrier Dome, and it was worth the nearly 10 month wait.

Growing up in the 1960s and 70s in Princeton, N.J., we had the opportunity to watch a lot of college football with the hometown Princeton Tigers playing only two miles away from our house. This was at a time of transition for the Ivy League programs, downgrading from being national powers in the early portion of the 20th century including producing national champions and Heisman Trophy winners (as Princeton's Dick Kazmaier accomplished in 1951), to settling into a schedule against lower Div. I programs before the 1978 separation into the current FBS and FCS levels of financial commitment and competition. >> Read more...

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Sep 24, 2016; East Hartford, CT, USA; Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey (2) throws under pressure from Connecticut linebacker Junior Joseph (11) during the second half of Syracuse's 31-24 win over Connecticut at Rentschler Field. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)
Sep 24, 2016; East Hartford, CT, USA; Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey (2) throws under pressure from Connecticut linebacker Junior Joseph (11) during the second half of Syracuse's 31-24 win over Connecticut at Rentschler Field. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)

Syracuse evened its record at 2-2 with a hard-fought win over Connecticut on the road. Here's a few thoughts from the game:

ETTA-TAWO DOES IT AGAIN

Syracuse fifth-year senior Amba Etta-Tawo keeps setting records. With 12 receptions for 270 yards and two touchdowns, Tawo broke an SU single-game record for receiving yards that went back to 1985. Scott Schwedes held the previous mark with 249 yards receiving against Boston College.

Etta-Tawo also became the first Orange player in history to have more than one 200-yard receiving games in a season. He opened the 2016 campaign with 210 yards against Colgate. >> Read more...

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Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey (2) is congratulated by teammates as Connecticut linebacker Junior Joseph (11) looks on after he scored the winning touchdown during the second half of Syracuse's 31-24 win over Connecticut at Rentschler Field. (Winslow Townson)
Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey (2) is congratulated by teammates as Connecticut linebacker Junior Joseph (11) looks on after he scored the winning touchdown during the second half of Syracuse's 31-24 win over Connecticut at Rentschler Field. (Winslow Townson)

East Hartford, Conn. - A quick take on Syracuse's hard fought 31-24 win over Connecticut on a beautiful fall afternoon for football in The Nutmeg State, in front of 31,899 at Rentschler Field.

Syracuse notched its first road win since 2014 at Wake Forest, and recorded the first road victory in the Dino Babers era, by riding Cordell Hudson's 22 yard interception return for the go ahead points in the third quarter, and stuffing the Huskies on a 4th and goal play from the 2 yard line with 6:12 to hold on.  

Eric Dungey threw two scoring passes to Amba Etta-Tawo in the first half to give SU an early 14-0 lead, and his six yard scoring run with 2:13 to play clinched the victory. >> Read more

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Syracuse will try to end a two-game losing streak when it heads to Connecticut to play the Huskies on Saturday. Here is a quick look at the game:

CLOSE MARGINS: Connecticut may be currently 2-1, but it's been the kind of season where the Huskies could easily be 3-0, or 0-3. In its opener against Maine, Bobby Puyol's 37-yard field goal with 11 seconds left was the final margin in a 24-21 win. Then, in week two, the Huskies were stopped on the 1-yard line as time expired in a 28-24 loss to Navy. Head coach Bob Diaco caught plenty of heat for that loss, calling a run play for Ron Johnson with 17 seconds and no timeouts left. Last week, the Huskies edged Virginia, 13-10, as walk-on kicker Alex Furbank missed a 20-yard field goal as time expired. Add it all together, and the margin of victory in all three games have been a combined 10 points.

SCOUTING THE HUSKIES: The numbers aren't pretty for the Huskies on offense. UConn is averaging just 20.3 points per game, 108th in the FBS, and is 111th in total offense at 331 yards. Despite the anemic production, wide receiver Noel Thomas has been an offensive bright spot. He's averaged 8.6 receptions per game and 92.3 receiving yards through three games. But Diaco has made a living on a ball control offense and a stout defense. This year is no exception with a defense that is allowing just 19.7 points per game and just 351.7 yards of total offense per game. Redshirt senior defensive back Obi Melifonwu leads the team with 25 tackles (19 solo). >> Read more


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(Rich Barnes)

Three games into his first season at Syracuse, coach Dino Babers is going through the customary growing pains as he puts his stamp on the program.

The offense is grasping his fast-paced style, but the defense is depleted and has been torched for too many big plays in two blowout losses as the Orange prepare to hit the road for the first time this fall.

"I think we're still in stages," Babers said. "They're still getting to know me. I think as they get to know me we'll be more and more consistent."

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Sep 17, 2016; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange quarterback Eric Dungey (2) prepares to throw the ball during the third quarter against the South Florida Bulls at the Carrier Dome. South Florida won 45-20. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports  (Mark Konezny)
Sep 17, 2016; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange quarterback Eric Dungey (2) prepares to throw the ball during the third quarter against the South Florida Bulls at the Carrier Dome. South Florida won 45-20. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)

Have a little patience.

It is painfully apparent it's going to take time before the Syracuse Orange comes close to hitting on all cylinders this season.

For the first 15 minutes, the signature fast-paced, risk-taking offense from Coach Dino Babers was on display in front of the sparse Dome crowd. Eric Dungey, the gritty Orange soph QB, led the offense to the game's first 17 points. Everything was clicking. For starters, Dontae Strickland unleashed a ground game not seen in the first two games. Dungey, who took his share of hits last week against Louisville, converted SU's first fourth down conversion on the game's first drive on a fourth-and-one on the Orange's 45 yard line. >> Read more...

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Syracuse assistant coach Gerry McNamara visited elite 2017 guard Hamidou Diallo on Monday, reports SNY.tv's very own, Adam Zagoria. Among the schools to offer Diallo include Kentucky, UCONN, Arizona and Duke.

Top 50 recruit Ethan Thompson, son of former Syracuse star Stephen Thompson, committed to Oregon State on Monday evening via Twitter. He was also considering Stanford and Syracuse in his final three. >> Read more...

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Syracuse extended an offer to 2018 quarterback Devin Leary, he tweeted over the weekend. The New Jersey product already holds offers from Maryland, Boston College and Rutgers, and holds a three star rating on 247 Sports.

Syracuse hosted 2018 athlete Cory Gross Jr. over the weekend, and it appears that the visit went well according to his Twitter. The Brockport (NY) native lines up at running back and defensive back, and holds offers from Syracuse and Boston College, according to Scout. >> Read more...

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The first quarter of Saturday's game against South Florida at the Carrier Dome went about as well as possible for Syracuse. Unfortunately for the Orange, the remainder of the game went horribly, as the Bulls roared back from a 17-0 deficit and dealt SU a 45-20 loss for Homecoming.

Syracuse (1-2) cashed in their first three possessions, but that was about it for them for meaningful offense. The Orange did roll up 549 yards of offense, but needed 105 plays to do so for an average of 5.2 yards per snap. Meanwhile, the defense, which had held USF (3-0) to 29 yards on their two first quarter possessions, began getting gashed with regularity and ended up giving up 454 yards and 7.1 yards per play.

SU marched 79 yards on the opening possession of the game and Erv Philips finished the drive with a beautiful diving catch in the end zone for a 24-yard touchdown pass from Eric Dungey on third-and-15. Cole Murphy tacked on the extra point and Syracuse held a 7-0 lead less than five minutes into the action.

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Louisville Cardinals running back Brandon Radcliff (23) runs with the ball as Syracuse Orange defensive back Antwan Cordy (8) defends during the third quarter at the Carrier Dome. Louisville defeated Syracuse 62-28. (Rich Barnes)
Louisville Cardinals running back Brandon Radcliff (23) runs with the ball as Syracuse Orange defensive back Antwan Cordy (8) defends during the third quarter at the Carrier Dome. Louisville defeated Syracuse 62-28. (Rich Barnes)

Safety Antwan Cordy and cornerback Juwan Dowels will both miss the rest of the 2016 season because of injuries sustained against Louisville, the team announced. 

Dowels hurt his knee during the Sept. 9 game and is expected to have surgery within the next few weeks, while Cordy injured his forearm and also should have surgery within a few days. 

Cordy, who has 86 career tackles, had eight tackles before sustaining the injury. His 68 tackles last year were good for second on the team. 

Dowels, a redshirt sophomore, led the team in 2015 with six passes defended. 

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