POV’s Know The Enemy: Syracuse

Here are the Game Notes from Pitt for Saturday’s match.

OK – final game of the regular season and one we need to win to set us up for a possible progression in the win column from last year’s eight. Get this one and win a bowl game and we are at nine wins and sitting pretty for the future.

Syracuse is in the Atlantic Division of the ACC and has an overall record of 4-7 with a 2-5 ACC mark. The Orangemen are old Big East conference brothers and we have played them since 1916 – the year Dr. Tom was born.

Here is a small piece out of those game notes above:

SERIES NOTES                                
Pitt and Syracuse have met every year since 1955…Pitt holds a 37-31-3 advantage in the all-time series, which began in 1916…the Panthers have won 10 of the past 11 games against the Orange and 12 of the past 14…Pitt won last year in the Carrier Dome, 23-20, on a 25-yard Chris Blewitt field goal as time expired…

in the last game played at Heinz Field, the Panthers routed the Orange, 30-7, in 2014…Syracuse’s last win in the series was in 2012, a 14-13 decision in the Dome, which snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Panthers..

.the 2012 encounter marked the final Big East game between the two schools…Pitt and Syracuse met 20 times as Big East members from 1993-2012 and the Orange owned an 11-9 edge in those contests…Pitt has won all three ACC meetings (2013-15)…

So – what has SYR done this year that is impressive?  Well for one they beat Virginia Tech who beat us in a nail biter game 39-36.  That SYR win, 31-17 over the Hokies was unexpected and gave them their 3rd win versus 4 losses.

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