- Associated Press - Thursday, September 8, 2016

No. 13 Louisville (1-0) at Syracuse (1-0), 8:00 p.m. (ESPN2)

Line: Louisville by 14½ .

Series Record: Louisville leads 8-6.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Syracuse started the season under new coach Dino Babers with a solid 33-7 win at home over FCS foe Colgate. With its new up-tempo offense, the Orange had two receivers catch 10 or more passes, the first time that’s happened in school history. The Atlantic Coast Conference opener against a ranked Louisville team offers a chance for the Orange to make some noise early in the season. Louisville rolled over Charlotte 70-14 last week and has games in the next three weeks against No. 2 Clemson and No. 3 Florida State. A slipup against the Orange would spoil the start of a promising season.

KEY MATCHUP

Louisville QB Lamar Jackson against the Syracuse defense. Jackson earned Walter Camp Football Foundation National Player of the Week honors after accounting for eight touchdowns and 405 offensive yards by halftime against Charlotte. The Orange defense registered three sacks and only allowed 2.6 yards per play in the victory over Colgate.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

LOUISVILLE: WR Jamari Staples led the Cardinals with four catches for 83 yards against Charlotte. The senior was one of 16 players to register at least one catch, though he wasn’t one of the eight who scored.

SYRACUSE: QB Eric Dungey went 34 for 40 for 355 yards against Colgate as the Orange completed 87 percent of their pass attempts, a new school single-game record. Dungey looked most often to Ervin Philips, who had 14 catches to match Art Monk’s 39 year-old single-game standard.

FACTS & FIGURES

The Orange averaged 62.6 plays per game last season, averaging one play every 28.1 seconds. Against Colgate, Syracuse ran 81 plays, one every 22.5 seconds. … The Cardinals have won both meetings against the Orange since joining the ACC, including a 41-17 victory at Louisville last November. … Syracuse’s last win over Louisville was 45-26 at the Carrier Dome in 2012. … Aall 14 series games between the teams have come since 1985, including the 1989 Coca-Cola Bowl in Tokyo, a 24-13 Syracuse victory and the only time the Orange have played outside North America.

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