Syracuse will try to get back to .500 when it travels up to Massachusetts to play Boston College on Saturday. Here is a quick look at the game:
HOT SEAT?: After two promising 7-6 seasons to start at Boston College, head coach Steve Addazio’s seat is getting gradually warmer in his fourth season at Chestnut Hill. The Eagles went winless in the ACC in 2015 (3-9 overall), and are still in search of their first conference win this season. Though BC has fared well against non-Power 5 schools Massachusetts and Wagner, the Eagles were throttled by Virginia Tech and Clemson by a combined total of 105-10, and lost a heartbreaker to Georgia Tech in Ireland. Boston College is currently favored against the Orange at home, and it may be the final time this season it is favored in a conference game.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES: Though Boston College had few bright spots in an ugly loss to Clemson, linebaker Ty Schwab was one of them. He recorded 10 tackles to increase his team-high to 33 on the season, and drew rave reviews from his coach. “He’s been playing really well,” Addazio said. “He’s a tough kid. He’s a hard-nosed guy. He’s very, very physical.” Offensively, Boston College has been one of the worst teams in the country. It is averaging 21.2 points per game, and just 321 yards per game. While Boston College is a more run-heavy offense, quarterback Patrick Towles is completing only 50.8 percent of his passes.
HISTORICALLY SPEAKING: Syracuse and Boston College will be meeting for the 50th time on Saturday, with SU leading the series 30-19. Syracuse won the last meeting between the two teams in 2015, as Scott Shafer was carried off the field by his players in his final game as SU’s head coach.
GAME INFORMATION: Saturday, Oct. 22 at 12:30 p.m. in Chestnut Hill, Mass. TV: ACC Network.