Notre Dame-Syracuse Preview Capsule
The Associated Press
Sep. 25, 2014
No. 8 NOTRE DAME (3-0) vs. SYRACUSE (2-1) at East Rutherford, New Jersey., 8 p.m., (ABC)
LINE: Notre Dame by 12 1-2.
Series record: tied 3-3.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Syracuse is searching for its first victory against a top-10 team since they beat No. 8 Virginia Tech 50-42 in three overtimes in 2002. Notre Dame is looking to stay unbeaten before it gets into the meat of a schedule which includes No. 16 Stanford (Oct. 4), North Carolina (Oct. 11) and at Florida State (Oct. 18).
Syracuse's defensive front seven, led by DE Micah Robinson and LBs Cameron Lynch and Dyshawn Davis, vs. Notre Dame's offensive line and running game. The Orange have been stingy against the run (104 yards allowed per game) and good at getting into the backfield. Syracuse is 25th in the country of tackles for loss per game at 7.3. The Irish running game has been OK, averaging 4.3 yards per attempt while splitting carries between Greg Bryant, Tarean Folston and Cam McDaniel. Syracuse loves to send pressure. A consistent Irish running game could take some of the heat off QB Everett Golson.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
SYRACUSE: TB Prince-Tyson Gulley. He's averaging 7.84 yards per carry, ninth in the nation, and has a pair of 100-yard rushing games this season. His current per-carry career average stands at 5.6, trailing only Jim Brown and Ernie Davis on Syracuse's career list.
NOTRE DAME: LB Jaylon Smith. One of the best linebackers in the country, he has 22 total tackles.
The Orange were 5-3 at the old Giants Stadium. At MetLife, they are 0-2 with losses to Penn State last season and Southern California the year before. ... Notre Dame was 11-0 at Giants Stadium. ... Notre Dame WR Torii Hunter Jr., who missed last season with a broken leg and has been out since early August with a torn left groin, is expected to be ready to play. Coach Brian Kelly said he hopes S Austin Collinsworth (knee) will also be ready to go. WR Amir Carlisle (knee) is out. ... Syracuse H-back Ashton Broyld is out with a lower leg injury.