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Syracuse Travels to Pitt

The Syracuse Orange enter their second-to-last game of the year as they travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Panthers. The Orange have lost three straight games since defeating Wake Forest on Oct. 18, but have done so without many starters.

One of those starters includes Senior quarterback Terrel Hunt shoo is still out with a leg injury. Who will fill that void for Saturday's game against Pittsburgh has yet to be seen, but it was Austin Wilson who saw a majority of the snaps two weeks ago for the Orange.

This season, Wilson has 246 yards with zero touchdowns and three interceptions. The other quarterback, A.J. Long, did not play last week and has also struggled when his number has been called upon. Long has thrown for over 700 yards this season, but has only thrown four touchdowns to six interceptions. Despite Long's struggle, he's thrown more touchdown passes than any other quarterback on the roster.

Pittsburgh, on the other hand, is a team that finds success through running the football. Running back James Connor has been an absolute beast this season, acquiring 1,561 yards this season on 249 attempts, averaging around six yards per rushing attempt. The Panthers only have 13 passing touchdowns on the season, while Connor is the run away leader in that category for Pitt.

Connor has found the end zone a total of 21 times this season just from rushing the ball. He has rushed in back-to-back games with over 200 rushing yards and has had six games of multi-touchdown runs. There have only been three games this season where Connor did not run for over 100 yards, but in those games he ran for close to 100.

Stopping Connor will be the priority for the Syracuse defense, who has played a pretty good run defense this season. Connor is first in the ACC in rushing attempts and rushing yards while ranking third in the nation in those respected categories. Connor also ranks third in the nation in rushing touchdowns.

3-7, 1-5
Overall Record
4-6, 2-4
ACC
Conference
ACC
Scott Shafer
Head Coach
Paul Chryst
19.1
Points Per Game
31.5
23.4
Points Allowed Per Game
27.7
198.9
Passing Yards Per Game
187.2
217
Passing Yards Allowed Per Game
186.7
158.9
Rushing Yards Per Game
253.3
127.3
Rushing Yards Allowed Per Game
164.8