Last year Syracuse snapped a series high 8 game losing streak with a 19-14 win in Morgantown.
Syracuse entered last season’s game as a 13 point underdog and trailed 14-10 with less than a minute left in the 1st quarter. Syracuse intercepted a pass in the end zone and from that point forward Syracuse held WVU to only 118 yards and ZERO points.
Syracuse Head Coach Doug Marrone entered his 3rd season with a career record of 12-13 which includes an 8-5 record in 2010 and a Pinstripe Bowl win over Kansas State. This season Syracuse enters the WVU contest with a 4-2 record with wins over Wake Forest, Rhode Island, Toledo and Tulane.
Under Doug Marrone, Syracuse is 0-2 against Top 10 teams and 2-3 against Top 25 teams.
WVU enters the game against Syracuse as a 14 point favorite. Last season, Syracuse was 8-5 against the spread and 0-1 as a home underdog. Over the past 10 years, Syracuse is 13-16 as a home underdog and 29-40 against conference opponents against the spread.
Syracuse returned 41 lettermen, 8 starters on offense and 5 starters on defense this season.
Syracuse leaders: Rushing (Antwon Bailey – 553 yards on 124 attempts, averaging 4.46 yards per carry), Passing (Ryan Nassib is completing 64.6% of his passes and averaging 215.7 yards per game while throwing 11 TDs and 4 INTs) and Receiving (Alec Lemon has 31 receptions for 322 yards and 3TDs).
Syracuse is averaging 333.5 yards of offense per game (328.5 at Home and 343.5 on the Road).
Syracuse’s defense is giving up 397.3 yards per game. Syracuse’s defense is averaging 3.0 sacks per game at home and 8.0 Tackles for Loss per game at home.
Syracuse’s Red Zone Success % is 82.14. They have scored 23 times on 28 trips in the Red Zone this season.