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Game Day: Louisville at Syracuse


Game Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Carrier Dome: Syracuse, N.Y.

Television: ESPNU

Announcers: Clay Matvick/David Diaz-Infante

Favorite: Louisville by 13.5

All-Time Series: Syracuse leads 4-3

Last Meeting: Syracuse won 38-35 in Louisville last season

Excitement Level: 6.0

Another instance in which the "Anxiety Meter" would have given a much higher reading. It's not as lopsided a ratio as it was in the Tennessee Tech or MTSU games, but there's still more to lose than to gain tonight.

Game Attire: Black Sack Stoudt jersey (with appropriate hat)

Still an undefeated combination.

Predicted Star of the Game: Victor Anderson

Because he's been such a disappointment thus far.

Obscure and Bold Prediction: Louisville makes more than one field goal

I know...bold.

Notable and Quotable

--Syracuse has been outscored 80-13 in the fourth quarter this season.

--The Orange defense has surrendered 30 or more points in five of its seven games.

--Louisville is 1-8-1 all-time on Nov. 1.

--The Syracuse offense is averaging just 17.7 points per game, conversely, the Louisville offense is averaging 30.4 ppg.

--"We're happy, but we know we've got to get back down to earth. We know we're going to see a great effort out of Syracuse. I don't think their record indicates how good they are. I think they've got an excellent team." --Steve Kragthorpe

--"This is a team that's got balance on both sides of the ball and plays well together. That's what we're seeing, but they're coming up to our place." --Greg Robinson

--"We've talked about it, the parity. It's amazing. It's a championship game every week. I think you look at everybody every week as a dangerous opponent." --Greg Robinson

--"Coach has preached to us they probably want to get revenge. We have to weather the storm. Everybody still has in their mind that last year we did it and we can do it again. We're going in with high hopes. This is major. Without this game, there won't be a bowl game." --Donte Davis

--"This is a good team. This is a very good football team. But we need to win games. We need to win some darn football games. We need to continue to play better. We just have to work harder to get more explosive plays. That's our goal. We have to get those 20-yard plays." --Greg Robinson