Syracuse Football looks to get back on track against Pitt

Syracuse Football is 2-3 heading into its homecoming showdown with Pittsburgh

Syracuse Football isn't one for moral victories, but it's easy to see the progress in the last few weeks.

Starting with a second half surge against Central Michigan, the Orange has put up valiant fights against top-25 teams in LSU and NC State.

That sets the stage for Syracuse to actually be a 5-point favorite for its showdown with Pittsburgh on homecoming Saturday at the Carrier Dome.

"They understand that when Pittsburgh and Syracuse get together that there are a lot of people watching and that there is a lot of history behind the game. It's going to be a good contest as they are a really good football team" Babers said.

Indeed, the Orange has played Pittsburgh more than any other school in history, the Panthers lead the series 38-31 thanks to winning every game in the series from 2005-2011 and 2013-2016.

"They got us last year so we are looking forward to a rematch. It's homecoming weekend so we are going to have a lot of alumni back in town and hopefully we will do a lot better" Babers added.

The game Babers is referring to set an FBS record for combined points when the Panthers beat the Orange 76-61 in the 2016 season finale.

When asked if he expects a repeat performance of that he laughed "I hope not".

Kickoff with Syracuse and Pitt is set for 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, it's televised by the Regional Sports Network via the YES Network.

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