Syracuse Football looks to get back on track against Pitt
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.