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Opponent Preview: Everything to know about No. 19 Wake Forest (DO)

Syracuse is coming off a last-second, 33-30 loss at Florida State last Saturday. Next, the Orange will face the Atlantic Coast Conference’s highest ranked team, No. 19 Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons are undefeated and are coming off a tight 37-34 win over Louisville.

Wake Forest has notched blowout conference wins over Virginia and Florida State, and with Clemson’s two losses, is on pace for its first appearance in the ACC Championship game since 2006.

“They’re a close family over there. They play well together, they care about each other, and I’m happy for their success,” head coach Dino Babers said of WF.

Here’s everything to know about the Demon Deacons ahead of their matchup with SU on Saturday afternoon in the Carrier Dome.

All-time series
Syracuse leads 6-4.

Last time they played

The two teams met last year on Halloween in Syracuse, with Wake Forest pulling away for a 38-14 win. Without starting quarterback Tommy DeVito, Babers started Rex Culpepper at quarterback. Culpepper threw for only 85 yards and tossed two interceptions as well. He was later pulled for true freshman JaCobian Morgan, who went 7-for-7 for 57 yards and a touchdown. The loss was part of SU’s eight-game losing streak to end the season.

The Demon Deacons got out to an early 10-0 lead before Culpepper connected with wide receiver Nykeim Johnson for a 21-yard touchdown in the second quarter. But Wake Forest responded with 28 straight points, including two touchdowns runs by Kenneth Walker III and a pick six by Gavin Holmes.

Syracuse totaled just 221 total yards of offense compared to WF’s 437. The Orange were just 3-for-11 on third-down conversions, too. Wake Forest quarterback Sam Hartman threw for 250 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown pass to Jaquarii Roberson in the third quarter. Starting in place of Sean Tucker, SU running back Cooper Lutz took 15 carries for 81 yards and tied for a team-high four receptions in the loss.

“I’m going to try to play for a winning season,” Babers said postgame. But after the home loss, Syracuse dropped its final five games, finishing with its worst season since 2005.

The Wake Forest report

Head coach Dave Clawson has spent eight years building the Demon Deacons into one of the top teams in the ACC. They have played in five straight bowl games and went 8-5 in 2019 — ranking as high as No. 19 in the AP Poll. Despite largely playing with under recruited players, Wake Forest has found success using a creative offense.

Leading the offense from under center is Hartman, who has a 63.8% completion percentage with 11 touchdowns and two interceptions. The redshirt sophomore entered the season in the top 10 in program history in passing touchdowns, yards and completions, among other categories. He played in the Carrier Dome in 2019, when Syracuse won 39-30 in overtime on the last weekend of the season.

Hartman isn’t the most efficient passer and tends to occasionally hesitate on passing attempts. Clawson simplifies Wake Forest’s offense and likes to use four or even five wide receivers to spread the field. The Demon Deacons also use Run-Pass Options, which help them open up the field offensively.

QB play takes center stage as Syracuse looks to upset No. 19 Wake Forest (Q&A with Demon Deacon Digest) (; $; Bailey)

Syracuse football will look to bounce back from a nail-biting 33-30 loss at Florida State on Saturday when No. 19 Wake Forest comes to the Carrier Dome. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ESPN2.

To get ready for the Orange's first Top 25 matchup of the season, we caught up with Les Johns of Demon Deacon Digest:

1. I have to imagine the excitement level right now around the program is high. What's the vibe of the team and how does this game factor into that? Any shot it could be a trap game? Or with the bye around the corner, is there not as much inventive to look ahead? Also, any mentions of Trill Williams' strip-six from two years ago?

If Clemson or maybe even NC State were on the schedule next week, this could perhaps be a trap game situation for the Demon Deacons. But it’s not like Syracuse is a program against which Wake Forest has had sustained success. The recent series has very much been back-and-forth, with the Orange actually getting the better of it. Wake returned nine super-seniors, including solid leadership at every level of the defense, so while there truly is a bit of a buzz around campus right now, this group has been 5-0 before and watched it crumble. It’s doubtful that this group will be overlooking Syracuse. If they lose Saturday, it will be because the Orange outplayed them.

Last year was an aberration for everyone given the differing Covid-19 circumstances teams faced, and Wake Forest knows that, given their late-season long pause and disappointing finish. So I don’t believe they’re taking the 38-14 win last season at the Dome to heart believing they can just simply show up Saturday and walk out with a decisive victory. There’s been just a passing reference this week to the strip-six finish from two years ago. I’m not sure that’s a play the Wake Forest staff or players really want to think about again — just a fantastic play by Williams against a team and a player (Kendall Hinton) who are usually secure with the ball.

2. Sam Hartman has been exceptional through five games this year. Obviously, Syracuse fans have some familiarity with his skill set. But how has he improved this year and what other factors, potentially, have contributed to his red-hot start?

There’s a combination of factors, most importantly the time he’s been in the program now and his overall maturity. He started as a true freshman in 2018, playing nine games before an injury suffered against the Orange in Winston-Salem ended his season. He then watched the 2019 season largely from the bench, playing in just three games and taking a redshirt season after Jamie Newman won the starting quarterback job. He learned a lot about football, the Wake Forest RPO-based system and himself during that season.

Wake Forest-Syracuse football: Here's what the beat writers are talking about (; Joyce)

Wake Forest’s football team is approaching rarefied air here.
The 19th-ranked Demon Deacons have gone on one road test and passed. Now it’s time to do it again. They head up to Syracuse on Saturday, with a shot at moving to 6-0 for the first time since 1944.
For help on learning about the Orange, the Journal leaned on the expertise of Chris Carlson of the Syracuse Post-Standard and

EJ: Hey Chris, as you are well aware, the ACC has been weird this season. Wake Forest is rolling right now as the conference’s highest-ranked team, Clemson is sputtering still, and I don’t think any of us are prepared for what the rest of the season will look like.

I feel like Syracuse has been a bit of an enigma. I’m constantly surprised by their results. Beating a potential No. 1 pick one week, Malik Willis and Liberty, and then a loss to a struggling Florida State team. So let’s start there: Is that a consistency issue, or does that disparity come from somewhere else?

CC: I wrote before the season that anyone that wasn’t picking Clemson to win the league and was picking those trendy North Carolina and Miami teams was just looking for attention. Oops. That’s what I get for assuming Clemson was Alabama.

There’s certainly more teams that can end up winning the ACC championship game than any of us have seen for a long time and it makes the season more enjoyable for a lot of fans, even if it hurts the league’s national relevance.

Consistency has certainly been an issue but it’s an issue, at least partially, because they’ve been a team that is still figuring out who it is and what it can do well. For five-plus years this team’s motto has been “Orange is the New Fast” and they’ve been running up-tempo, veer-and-shoot spread offense. But for the past two years it just hasn’t worked. The coaches are trying to figure out what they can do on offense, with players recruited to that system, to win games and avoid an embarrassment like last year.

They’ve certainly found something in sophomore running back Sean Tucker. The early part of this year has been largely about settling on the idea that he’s the focal point and then trying to figure out what they can do around him to build a functional offense. Fitting him into what they usually do wasn’t cutting it. They’ve had to make him the focus.

'Heartbeat' of team Chris Elmore returns to enhance potent rushing game (DO)

Chris Elmore said his first quarter back after a four-game hiatus was filled with “jitters.” He looked rusty during the opening 15 minutes of Saturday’s game against Florida State, head coach Dino Babers said. But that was expected.

Elmore missed the Orange’s first month of the season for reasons unrelated to injury or discipline, a source with knowledge of the situation previously confirmed to The Daily Orange. Elmore said the absence was due to “personal reasons,” but “what was done was done, now I’m back, and all I can do is move forward.”

The fullback, tight end and former offensive and defensive lineman chose to return for a fifth season but had to wait an additional month to make his reappearance on the field. The Chicago native said he missed just about every block in the first quarter in Tallahassee — and Babers reiterated that — but both agreed the next three quarters were proof of what Elmore’s capable of adding to SU’s already potent run-game.

“After the first quarter, I was back to being the regular Rhino,” Elmore said after Saturday’s loss, referencing the nickname “Rhino” that many teammates and coaches call him.

Syracuse (3-2, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) lost its first game with Elmore back at Florida State, 33-30, on a game-winning field goal as time expired. But the fullback and tight end’s return is important for SU moving forward because of his role as a “super senior” and leader, Babers said. Elmore adds to an attack that already features Sean Tucker, whose 638 rushing yards is the third-most nationally, and Garrett Shrader, who’s quickly emerged as a running threat and the team’s second-leading rusher.

“Having me back was a big key, just going into practice and knowing that I would be back and knowing that we could get the run game started,” Elmore said after the FSU game. “It was an extra offensive lineman to the point of attack.”

Elmore knew his absence would last until the end of nonconference play. The hiatus was mentally tolling, and there were a few “dark moments,” he said, but knowing there was light at the end of the tunnel kept him going. Having positive friends, family and teammates to prevent him from going “too deep in the hole where I didn’t want to talk to nobody and shut everybody out” helped too, he said. Mikel Jones and Darius Tisdale motivated him by dedicating each game to him until he returned. If Elmore saw them slacking, they wanted him to let them know, Elmore said.


The Syracuse Orange football team moved indoors to the Ensley Athletic Center Aug 17, 2021 due to rain. #85 Courtney Jackson and #19 Sharod Johnson walk to practice. Dennis Nett |

Who does SU football call upon at wide receiver to fill the shoes of Taj Harris? (analysis) (PS; $; Curtis)

The departure of Taj Harris puts a major dent in Syracuse’s talent level at the wide receiver position.

Harris, who announced Sunday that he’s entering the transfer portal, was poised to break several school receiving records this season.

He wraps up his Syracuse career prematurely but among the best at his position with 151 receptions for 2,028 yards and 10 touchdowns while playing four seasons in an Orange uniform. Harris ranks fourth on SU’s all-time receptions list with 151 catches, while his 2,028 career yards rank ninth.

Last week’s 33-30 loss to Florida State marked the second missed game of the season for Harris, who previously sat out the Orange’s win over Albany due to a minor undisclosed injury.

When asked on Monday how he plans to replace Harris’ role in the offense, Syracuse coach Dino Babers defiantly said: “We scored 30 points at Florida State, and last time I checked (Harris) wasn’t there.”

Here are five players who should expect to earn more playing time with Harris now in the transfer portal:

Anthony Queeley

Redshirt sophomore Anthony Queeley scored his first touchdown of the season in Syracuse’s heartbreaking loss to Florida State last week. His crucial 26-yard catch-and-run from Garrett Shrader cut the deficit to three points with a little over 10 minutes remaining. It would’ve been his third touchdown of the season, but his previous two would-be scores were called back due to penalties.

Last season, Queeley finished with 37 receptions for 378 yards and two touchdowns in 11 games. Expect for Queeley to become the featured wide receiver as the season progresses.

Courtney Jackson

One player who will see increased opportunities to catch passes is redshirt freshman Courtney Jackson. He’s already been bumped up as the third starting wide receiver on this weekend’s depth chart against No. 19 Wake Forest, alongside Queeley and Sharod Johnson.

Axe: Wake Forest is SU football’s main event; special teams X factor (quick takes) (PS; $; Axe)

A couple quick takes on Syracuse football vs. Wake Forest as soon as I get over the news that Geno Smith is indeed alive and well and still in the National Football League.

The Wake Event

Pop quiz, hot shot.
Let’s compare Syracuse football’s next two opponents, Wake Forest and Clemson.

  • Who is the ranked team?
  • Who is undefeated?
  • Who has three running backs with at least 50 carries and 200 yards rushing?
  • Who has the No.2 offense in the ACC, averaging 446 yards per game.
  • Who is 15th in the country in scoring, averaging 38.4 points per game.
The answer to all five questions is Wake Forest.

Clemson may be the marquee draw that will sell more tickets in SU’s next two home games, but it is the Demon Deacons that are the better team in 2021.

A win over Wake Forest (as someone you may know has predicted) would be a bigger deal than defeating one of the most successful college football programs of the last decade.

It’s weird to say, but it’s true.

Wake Forest, not Clemson, is the bigger fish to reel in than Clemson in 2021.

Special Teams X-Factor

Can Syracuse football spring the upset and take down No.19 Wake Forest at the Carrier Dome on Saturday?’s Brent Axe and Mike Curtis debate that and the latest SU football topics on the latest episode of “Orange Weekly” presented by Crouse Health.

Brent and Mike are split on their predictions for the matchup between the Orange and the Demon Deacons. You’ll also see them discuss the elements of the Orange offense under QB Garrett Shrader, the emergence of linebacker Marlowe Wax and how special teams could play a big roll in Saturday’s game.

“Orange Weekly” airs live on Facebook and YouTube Thursdays at 1:00 p.m.

You can catch a replay of the show in the YouTube clip above.

2 of 3 beat writers predict SU loss against Wake Forest (DO; Staff)

After a last-second field goal from Andre Szmyt lifted Syracuse over Liberty, it fell to Florida State the following weekend, resulting in a 3-2 season record. The Orange’s new man in charge, Mississippi State transfer Garrett Shrader, tied Syracuse’s all-time record for most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in a game, scoring three times. Shrader also threw one touchdown to Anthony Queeley with a total of 150 yards in the air and 137 yards on the ground.

But now Syracuse faces its toughest challenge of the year: going against undefeated Wake Forest, the best team in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Demon Deacons averaged 38.2 points in their five wins so far, and quarterback Sam Hartman has 13 touchdowns this year.

Here’s what our beat writers expect from Syracuse’s second ACC test of the season:

Roshan Fernandez (3-2)
Rude a-Wake-ning
Wake Forest 31, Syracuse 21

Wake Forest ranks 101st of 130 Football Bowl Subdivision teams in average passing yards allowed (252.8). But Syracuse’s offense ranks 116th in passing offense (171.0 yards per game). Both are weaknesses, but Wake Forest’s defense might have a slight edge because of how one-dimensional the Orange’s offense still is. Granted, SU’s passing game showed it had made notable strides against Florida State even without star wide receiver Taj Harris, who entered the transfer portal midseason.

But if the Demon Deacons can channel their defensive energy and sell-out on stopping Tucker and Shrader on the run, they should be able to pull out a win. The Demon Deacons offense hasn’t scored fewer than 35 points this season, and they rank 15th in the nation in scoring. SU’s defense is good, but its offense hasn’t proven it can keep up with that pace. Wake Forest sits atop the ACC, and Syracuse is a fair ways behind that mark.

Connor Smith (2-3)
Wake Forest 35, Syracuse 24

The Demon Deacons are the top team in the ACC right now, but they have yet to face a formidable opponent — their opponents combined have just four total wins this season. But Wake Forest has a strong offense, averaging nearly 40 points per game, that has had no trouble moving the ball. Expect quarterback Sam Hartman to find easy targets in the passing game to move the ball, and the Demon Deacons’ spread offense to give SU’s defense problems on Saturday. Wake’s run blocking isn’t great, but its Run-Pass Option attack will confuse the Orange and help the Deacons pick up yards.

Wake Forest does struggle to stop the run — and Tucker has proved to be one of the country’s top running backs — but the Orange haven’t found much success passing the ball with Shrader under center. That will stay the same without Harris, and Syracuse’s offensive production will come from its rushing attack or defensive pressure that creates sacks and/or turnovers. This game should be similarly high scoring like the Florida State one, and again, SU will fall to start out 0-2 in ACC play.

Anish Vasudevan (3-2)
Run Shrader run
Wake Forest 20, Syracuse 27

Wake Forest ran through Florida State earlier this season, holding the Seminoles to only two scores in its 35-14 win. On the other hand, the Orange were a field goal miss away from beating the Seminoles, struggling to stop Jordan Travis for the majority of the game.

Still, with Shrader as quarterback, Syracuse has shown that it can make splash plays on the ground and get into the end zone. Along with Tucker, SU’s rushing attack is one of the best in the country. And it helps that the Demon Deacons are not the best at stopping the run, giving Syracuse a chance.

The way the Orange win is if they stick to the game plan that’s helped them win three games this year: get Tucker going and use the read option as much as possible. At home against the ACC leader, Syracuse might shock the nation and come away with its first conference victory.

Wake Forest vs. Syracuse Football Prediction and Preview (; Ferguson)

Wake Forest and Syracuse both watched last week's contests end on last-second field goals. One team, however, walked off the field in jubilation. The other left in despair. The two will meet this week in the Carrier Dome in a pivotal ACC Atlantic showdown.

The Demon Deacons have perhaps been the most pleasant surprise in the ACC this season. Wake Forest is a perfect 5-0 (3-0 ACC) and is ranked No. 19. Like Wake, Syracuse also has already exceeded last season's win total as it enters Saturday's contest with a 3-2 record. Last week, the Orange opened ACC play with a 33-30 loss at Florida State on a last-second field goal. Likewise, it was a last-second kick from Nick Sciba that lifted the Demon Deacons to a 37-34 home win over Louisville.

As a result of last year's COVID-19 scheduling, Saturday's contest will be the third straight meeting between these teams at the Carrier Dome. The Demon Deacons dominated the most recent encounter, winning 38-14 behind three touchdown runs from Kenneth Walker III, who is now at Michigan State. Syracuse holds a 6-4 edge in the all-time series that only dates back to 2006. Wake Forest has won three of the last five matchups.

No. 19 Wake Forest at Syracuse

Kickoff: Saturday, Oct. 9 at 3:30 p.m. ET
Spread: Wake Forest -6

When Wake Forest Has the Ball

Wake Forest has one of the most prolific and balanced offenses in the ACC. Quarterback Sam Hartman and running back Christian Beal-Smith are both four-year players with a ton of experience for the Demon Deacons. Hartman has played efficiently and turnover-free while Beal-Smith is part of a three-headed monster at tailback with Justice Ellison and Christian Turner. Beal-Smith is the workhorse and leads the Demon Deacons with 312 rushing yards and four touchdown runs. Hartman ranks third in the ACC in passer rating and has 13 total touchdowns compared to just two interceptions.

The Demon Deacons are deep, not only in the backfield, but out wide as well. Jaquarii Roberson headlines the receiving corps, but A.T. Perry and Taylor Morin are both excellent complements. Perry is a big (6'5") target and leads the team with four touchdown catches. Morin is more of a possession receiver but has a history of making big plays in the return game. The offensive line headlined by tackle Zach Tom has quietly been one of the ACC's best. In the conference, only Boston College has surrendered fewer sacks.


Wake Forest vs Syracuse Prediction, Game Preview (CFN; Fiutak)

Wake Forest vs Syracuse prediction, game preview, how to watch: Saturday, October 9

Wake Forest vs Syracuse How To Watch

Date: Saturday, October 9
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY
How To Watch: ESPN2
Record: Wake Forest (5-0), Syracuse (3-2)

Wake Forest vs Syracuse Game Preview

Why Wake Forest Will Win

The Demon Deacon offense continues to do just about everything right.

It’s been balanced for most of the year, but when the Louisville game became a fight, the passing attack took things up a few notches and the team came up with a season-high 501 yards to get to 5-0.

The pass rush should roll through an improved-but-still-struggling Syracuse offensive front, that’s forcing a slew of takeaways, and all the puzzle pieces continue to be fitting together.

However …

Why Syracuse Will Win

Louisville was able to run on the Wake Forest defense and the Orange will try giving it a shot.

The move of former Mississippi State Bulldog Garrett Shrader to quarterback added more of a rushing element to the mix – he tore off 137 yards and three scores against Florida State and has seven rushing scores in the last three games – to go along with Sean Tucker and his 100-yard grinding rushing ability.

The pass rush wasn’t all that great against Florida State, but it’s been strong at times and should be able to get to QB Sam Hartman enough to be a bother.

All of a sudden, after getting ripped to shreds last year, Syracuse has the No. 1 defense in the ACC, and …

What’s Going To Happen

Here comes one of those games when Syracuse rises up and rocks at home.

It did it against Liberty a few weeks ago, and it pulled off a wild win over Wake Forest to end the 2019 season, and …

The big victories have been few and far between, but the combination of the strong pass rush and great running game will be the difference in a fun and wild up-and-down fight.

Wake Forest vs Syracuse Prediction, Line
Syracuse 34, Wake Forest 31
Line: Wake Forest -6.5, o/u: 57.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 1.5
Must See Rating: 3

Syracuse Orange v. Wake Forest Demon Deacons Prediction & Preview (10/9/21) - The Juice Online (the juice; Sears)

Syracuse v. Wake Forest (10/9/21) Game Information:
    • Teams: Syracuse (3-2) v. Wake Forest (5-0)
    • Date: Saturday, October 9
    • Game Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
    • Venue: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY
    • Network: ESPN2
    • Spread: Wake Forest -6
    • History: The two teams last met in 2019 in the season finale for the Orange, with Syracuse winning 39-30 in overtime.
Rutger Sears
Fearless Prediction: Wake Forest 30, Syracuse 21

In Syracuse’s 33-30 loss to FSU, Seminoles quarterback Jordan Travis gave a tough Syracuse defense fits last week, especially toward the end of the game. The good news for SU is that Sam Hartman is not nearly as mobile, though it’s not for a lack of trying.

Wake Forest has made the RPO a big part of their game this year, evidenced by Hartman having five or more rushing attempts in three out of their gives games thus far- including 10 attempts last week against Louisville.

That rushing threat has opened passing windows that Hartman has been able to exploit, but the fact of the matter is Hartman just isn’t fast or athletic enough for me to envision him giving Syracuse’s 12th ranked defense much trouble.

The real threat for Syracuse to watch out for is on the other side of the ball.

After transferring from Michigan in the offseason, defensive end Luiji Vilain has really come on for the Demon Deacons since a quiet first game. Vilain has at least one sack in Wake Forest’s last four games, and the 6-4, 252 pounder has been consistently getting pressure on opposing quarterbacks.

Syracuse’s offensive line has played well, but they will have their hands full with the combination of Vilain and fellow defensive lineman Rondell Bothroyd. Which leads me to the Orange’s weapon of their own.

Sean Tucker has been nothing short of electric for the Orange, and with Wake Forest sporting an impressive pass rush unit Tucker will have to control the game on the ground to prevent a shoot out.

Bleav in Syracuse Episode 10: Previewing Matchup with #19 Wake Forest (SI; podcast; Bleav)

Bleav in Syracuse podcast episode 10 is out! Mike McAllister and Kyle Leff look ahead to Syracuse's matchup with #19 Wake Forest in the Carrier Dome on Saturday. They discuss Wake Forest's 5-0 start, the balance of the offense, not making mistakes while taking advantage of mistakes from opponents, where Syracuse may have an advantage and more.

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Syracuse’s Tommy DeVito looks to Jalen Hurts on handling losing job: ‘I could have gone two ways with it’ (PS; Carlson)

Syracuse quarterback Tommy DeVito said he is looking toward former Alabama and Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts for an example of how to move on from losing his starting job to Garrett Shrader, while acknowledging that his situation is different from players like Taj Harris and Jarveon Howard who have left the SU program in recent weeks.

During his weekly contacted radio appearance with the On the Block with Brent Axe radio program on ESPN Radio Syracuse, DeVito said he has made up his mind to be the best teammate he can be this season and will stay prepared in case an opportunity presents itself.

“I could have easily gone two ways with it,” DeVito said. “I could have easily just went into my shell and been like, ‘OK, I’m done. Screw this. I’m not dealing with it. I’m done with the team.’ I wanted to be that guy to stay a part of the team. Going back and looking at the Tua (Tagovailoa) and Jalen Hurts situation and how he handled it, (Hurts) was a role model in terms of being a teammate and being that guy. Same way that Tua and Jalen handled it. Tua went down in one game and Jalen came up. That’s the game. Injuries happen. You never know when your number is going to be called.”

Hurts was benched in favor of Tagovailoa at halftime of the national championship game in 2017. The two competed for the job heading into the next season with Tagovailoa eventually emerging as the winner and Hurts backing him up through that season.

College football previews: Surging No. 19 Wake Forest visiting Syracuse - Salisbury Post (AP)

Syracuse already has tripled its win total from a year ago and freshman linebacker Marlowe Wax likes what he’s been seeing.

“I feel like the offense week in and week out keeps getting better,” Wax said. “The defense is going to keep feeding off that.”

Syracuse (3-2, 0-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) scored 30 points last week at Florida State but lost on a field goal as time expired. The Orange host No. 19 Wake Forest (5-0, 3-0) on Saturday with a chance to rebound and make a statement. The Demon Deacons are 6.5-point favorites , according to FanDuel .

“Wake Forest is a good team,” said Wax, who has three of the Orange’s 20 sacks. “We’re just focused on us so we can fix things from last weekend and hopefully knock those fellows off.”

Syracuse coach Dino Babers plans to start dual-threat quarterback Garrett Shrader for the third straight week. He rushed for a career-high 137 yards and three touchdowns and threw for another score against Florida State. Tommy DeVito, the starter the past two years, got the nod the first three games of the season but hasn’t seen action since Shrader emerged.

“The more plays, anybody is going to get more comfortable,” Wax said. “It’s all about experience. That competition is going to keep making them better. Tommy’s going to keep pushing Garrett, and Garrett is going to keep pushing Tommy.”

Wake Forest stands as the ACC’s highest-ranked team in the AP Top 25 for the first time since September 2008. The Demon Deacons are coming off a 37-34 win against Louisville on Nick Sciba’s late field goal.

The Demon Deacons and No. 23 North Carolina State are the only two teams in the Atlantic Division race that control their own destiny. The Wolfpack have already earned a win against six-time reigning league champion and now-unranked Clemson.

Syracuse Football: Is quarterback Garrett Shrader, Eric Dungey 2.0? (itlh; Fiello)

When the Syracuse football season started, I didn’t take a side in the Tommy DeVito versus Garrett Shrader debate except to say I expected Tommy to start based on experience with the staff and system. I also leaned with the assessment that Tommy was the better passer and Garrett the better runner.

If one wanted to be “the guy,” they’d likely have to show they could excel at what the other did to prove their point. And while Tommy did show he could be mobile and Garrett showed he can hit shorter passes, neither really ran away with the job, although Garrett maybe showed flashes of another successful Orange quarterback.

From 2015-2018, Eric Dungey played a huge role in the success of the Syracuse football program. During that time frame, he passed for over 9,000 yards with 58 touchdowns and 30 interceptions, and he also rushed for over 1,900 yards and 35 touchdowns.

Eric was a fan favorite for the excitement he brought every time he walked out on that field and the ability to make plays however he had to make them, especially on his feet though his passing ability was no slouch at times as well. Over time, he also grew into the leader we all will tell our children about.

Could Syracuse football quarterback Garrett Shrader have a career like Eric Dungey did?

When I watch Garrett play, I can’t help but think maybe the staff and to some extent, the fans as well, are hoping Garrett will grow into another version of Eric. I would even guess they think that with experience while he does learn it, Garrett will continue to improve his passing game more and more working with the young receivers just as Eric did as well.

Phillips: Comcast-ACC Network squabble shows college football fans how they're viewed (; Phillips)

Nearly every business decision made by the leaders of college athletics is an attempt to separate fans from their money in a never-ending arms race among schools.

The latest example is the ongoing feud between Comcast, the leading cable provider in Richmond, and ESPN's ACC Network, which will broadcast Saturday's mega-matchup between Virginia Tech and Notre Dame.

As of Thursday evening, Comcast viewers won't get that game (or Virginia-Louisville earlier in the day) because the two sides haven't reached an agreement to carry the channel.

There's nothing wrong with taking TV's money, but when fans can't watch their team's biggest game of the year? There's something wrong with that.

ESPN (owned by Disney) and the ACC are holding the game up for ransom by putting what should be a nationally-broadcast spectacular on the conference's new channel. Comcast is playing a similar game by betting that most of its customers couldn't pick Packer or Durham out of a lineup.

"We’ll never be the conference that we need to be until we get some of those issues taken care of," commissioner Jim Phillips said this summer, in announcing the Hokies and Irish would play on the league's network.

Chasing every dollar has become a necessary evil in college sports, and it comes at the expense of the fans paying out those dollars.

The ACC Network, as we're often reminded, is needed because the Big Ten and SEC also have networks, which has been a financial boon for those schools and allowed them to poach big names to join their conferences.

Television's influence over sports has grown exponentially, as evidenced by the fact that nobody flinches anymore at a 9 p.m. college basketball tipoff on the East Coast, which doesn't seem to serve the players, the fans, or just about anybody other than TV viewers.

2021 Week 6 Previews (RX; HM)

2021 Week 6 Previews

We've previewed the 2 featured games, now let's look at the others...

From the weekly ACC press release:
The weekend begins with Georgia Tech (2-3, 1-2) at Duke (3-2, 0-1) at 12:30 p.m. on RSN. The series has been played consecutively since 1933 and is the longest continuous rivalry on Georgia Tech’s schedule. Games have been played at alternate home sites with the exception of consecutive meetings in Atlanta in 1981 and 1982. Georgia Tech is 22-21 versus Duke in Durham, though the Blue Devils have prevailed in the last three meetings on their home turf (2015, 2017, 2019). Led by Mataeo Durant, Duke leads the league in rushing at 222.6 ypg.

Louisville (3-2, 1-1) hosts Virginia (3-2, 1-2) at 3 p.m. on ACC Network. The Cavaliers are coming off an exhilarating 30-28 victory at Miami, while the Cardinals are seeking their second ACC win of the season. The Cardinals hold a 4-3 edge versus the Cavaliers in ACC play. Six of the nine games in the series have been decided by a touchdown or less. QB Brennan Armstrong threw for 203 yards and one touchdown, while rushing for two touchdowns in last year's victory. Armstrong leads the ACC in total offense (408.0 ypg), and Louisville QB Malik Cunningham is fourth (323.0 ypg).

#19 Wake Forest (5-0, 3-0) looks to extend its five-game win streak when it travels to Syracuse (3-2, 0-1) at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN2. This is the third consecutive season Wake has traveled to Syracuse. The Orange own a 4-2 record against Wake Forest in the Carrier Dome, but the Demon Deacons posted a 38-14 win on their most recent visit last October. Led by QB Sam Hartman, Wake Forest is second in the league scoring 38.4 points per game, while limiting opponents to just 18.2.

2021 Week 6 ACC Factoids (RX; HM)

2021 Week 6 ACC Factoids

From the ACC: Four of the five games in Week 6 of the ACC football schedule are league matchups, and for the first time this season, all five games are set for Saturday kickoffs.

From "Breaking down Week 6 of the 2021 college football schedule" by Amy Daughters, here are the ACC-related bits (click the link to read the rest)...


Saturday, Oct. 9
3pm ET – ACC Network – Virginia at Louisville
3:30pm ET – ESPN – Florida State at North Carolina
After coming into 2021 ranked No. 10 in the preseason AP poll, North Carolina is 3-2. Despite the unmet expectations, the Tar Heels still have a high-powered passing attack, currently ranked No. 15 nationally and No. 3 in the ACC. It’s a concrete strength that might make UNC look like it’s righted the ship against a Florida State defense that’s No. 103 nationally and No. 12 in the ACC vs. the pass.

Note: The FSU/UNC game could well come down to the Noles' ability to defend the pass - HM

The Florida State Seminoles fought a heavy-weight fight against Syracuse before prevailing 33-30 on a game-winning kick by Ryan Fitzgerald. Before getting to that point in the game, the Seminole defense had to step up and make a big stop on the goal line to preserve a 2nd half lead. Trailing by 10, the Syracuse offense was looking to capitalize off of a special teams takeaway and had moved the ball inside the FSU 10 yard line. Watch and relive the excitement of how the Seminole defense stepped up to shut down the Orange offense and preserve the lead in this week's ACCDN Turning Point.



This October 1971 photo shows Yoko Ono and John Lennon at the Everson Museum, which displayed an exhibit of Ono's art

The Beatles almost reunited in Syracuse, and it started on John Lennon’s birthday 50 years ago (PS; Herbert)

Imagine, if you will, if the Beatles reunited.

Rock and roll reunions happen often now, such as for special occasions like an award or induction into a hall of fame. Other bands do it for sentimental reasons, anniversaries of hit albums, or — let’s be honest — money.

In 1974, the Beatles almost reunited in Syracuse, N.Y., and it all began with a much simpler reason: John Lennon’s birthday on Oct. 9, 1971.

The Fab Four broke up in 1970 after less than a decade together crafting some of the greatest songs in music history, from “Let It Be,” “In My Life” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand” to “Come Together,” “Help!” and “All You Need is Love.” Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr drew screaming fans everywhere, influenced multiple generations of musicians, and still remain popular today through music streaming services, artists covering their tunes, documentaries (like Peter Jackson’s upcoming Disney+ series “Get Back”) and multiple Beatles-inspired stories (including the 2007 movie “Across the Universe,” Netflix’s animated kids’ show “The Beat Bugs,” Cirque du Soleil’s “Love,” and Danny Boyle’s 2019 film “Yesterday”).

After the split, the four musicians carved out their own paths, including solo albums, new projects like McCartney’s Wings and Lennon’s Plastic Ono Band, and other artistic endeavors.

Lennon came to Syracuse for the opening of his wife Yoko Ono’s first major art exhibit, “This is Not Here,” which ran at the Everson Museum of Art from Oct. 9-27, 1971. According to The Post-Standard archives, the show drew thousands of visitors to the Syracuse museum, including Onondaga Nation faithkeeper Oren Lyons and celebrities like Bob Dylan, Andy Warhol and actor Dennis Hopper.

David Ross, who was then an assistant to museum director Jim Harithas, told The Post-Standard that he was tasked with getting equipment for a special surprise on opening night, Lennon’s 31st birthday: A midnight concert featuring at least three of the Beatles.

Apple Records, The Beatles’ record label, flew in Starr on a chartered plane, along with Beatles collaborator Klaus Voormann and prominent session musicians like keyboardist Nicky Hopkins and drummer Jim Keltner. Harrison was supposed to fly out, but ended up stuck in England. Producer Phil Spector, beat poet Allen Ginsberg and guitar legend Eric Clapton — who played with Voormann on the Plastic Ono Band’s live 1969 album — were in town, too.

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