Syracuse will look to pull a second-straight upset of a top-10 team as the Orange travel to Miami in Week 8.
Syracuse knocked off the defending national champions, No. 2 Clemson, last Friday. Saturday, they will face the only unbeaten team remaining in the SEC and remain alive in the chase for the ACC Atlantic Division crown.
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Syracuse-Miami live updates, score
Syracuse-Miami game time, information
Date: Saturday, October 21
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, Florida
Weather: Windy, 85 degrees, scattered thunderstorms
Odds: Miami -17
Since pulling off perhaps the most surprising upset of the college football season in Week 7, Dino Babers and Syracuse have been the talk of the ACC. Babers was named the Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week, and Miami has shown up on “upset alert” lists for pundits across the country.
While they likely won’t take this Syracuse team lightly, the Hurricanes seem overdue to lose.
Last week, Miami came back from down 10 points in the second half to beat Georgia Tech, thanks in large part to a tipped pass that was caught by receiver Darrell Langham on the sidelines in the final seconds. That set up a game-winning field goal from Michael Badgley.
The week before, against Florida State, Langham caught the game-winning touchdown pass with 6 seconds remaining to beat the Seminoles by 4.
If Syracuse is going to pull the upset, the Orange will likely need yet another strong game from quarterback Eric Dungey.
Dungey, in his second full year as the team’s starter, has been exceptional all season, and he continued that strong play against Clemson last week. Dungey threw for 276 yards, three touchdowns and — perhaps most importantly — no interceptions against the Tigers. On the season, Dungey ranks 15th nationally in yards per game with just over 297.
Dungey has two imposing targets in the passing game in receivers Steve Ishmael and Ervin Phillips. Ishmael leads the nation with 62 receptions on the season and ranks third nationally and first in the ACC with 114.6 yards per game. Phillips has emerged as a red zone threat, scoring three touchdowns on the year.
Miami’s defense has been fairly stout all season, though its secondary has struggled at times. Against the Orange, the Hurricanes will be without s tarting cornerback Dee Delaney.
Miami’s defense as a whole ranks No. 20 nationally, allowing an average of 18.6 points per game.
On the other side of the ball, the Miami offense has run the ball with great success this season. Even with star tailback Mark Walton out for the year with an ankle injury, the Hurricanes racked up 184 yards on the ground against Georgia Tech, with 170 coming from running back Travis Homer.
The Orange have been better against the run than against the pass this season, limiting opponents to under 130 yards per game on the ground. Just because Miami has run the ball effectively this year, however, does not mean Syracuse can sell out to stop the ground game. Hurricanes quarterback Malik Rosier can beat teams with his arm.
Against Georgia Tech, Rosier threw 37 passes, completing 23 for 297 yards and a touchdown. On the season, he has thrown for 272 yards per game and 12 touchdowns with just 3 interceptions.
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