- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

No. 22 Duke (7-1, 3-1 ACC) at Syracuse (3-6, 1-4), 12:30 p.m. EDT (RSN)

Line: Duke by 3 1/2.

Series Record: Duke leads 2-0.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Duke is ranked No. 22 in the latest AP Top 25 poll and sits atop the Coastal Division of the ACC. The Blue Devils have won three straight and finish the season with home games against Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Wake Forest. Syracuse is in a free fall with injuries mounting. The Orange have played in bowl games in three of the past four years and have to win their remaining three games to qualify for the postseason.



KEY MATCHUP

The Syracuse defense against the Duke offense. Orange defenders have intercepted six passes, recovered 11 fumbles, and notched 23 sacks for 148 lost yards and LB Cameron Lynch is tied for third in the ACC in sacks (6.5) and sixth in tackles for loss (9.5). Duke is averaging nearly 36 points and 422 yards per game.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

DUKE: QB Anthony Boone and WR Jamison Crowder. Boone has passed for 1,628 yards and 12 TDs with three interceptions this season. Crowder has 49 catches for 636 yards and four TDs.

SYRACUSE: Senior WR Jarrod West and freshman WR Steven Ishmael. West leads the Orange with 33 catches for 449 yards. Ishmael has 15 catches for 248 yards and two TDs.

FACTS & FIGURES

Duke and Syracuse are meeting for the first-ever time in ACC play and for the first time since the Blue Devils swept a home-and-home series in 1938 and 1939 with a 21-0 win at Syracuse’s Archbold Stadium and a 33-6 victory in Durham. … In the 1938 pairing, a gentlemen’s agreement was in effect that saw teams from the North bench black players when facing opponents from the South. Duke coach Wallace Wade accepted the presence of Syracuse QB Wilmeth Sidat-Singh, who was African-American and held out of the Orange’s game at Maryland the previous year, saying, “If he doesn’t play, no matter what the score is, we’ll get no credit for winning.” … The Blue Devils will make their first-ever football appearance in the Carrier Dome. The basketball showdown between Duke and the Orange last February drew a crowd of 35,446, an NCAA on-campus attendance record for that sport.

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