It's getting tight for the Syracuse University football program. After losing last Saturday to the University of Connecticut, 28-21, the Orange, with three games remaining in their regular season schedule, have been all but eliminted from the Big East Conference title race, but are still searching for its sixth victory, which would help the program become bowl eligible for the second straight season.
On Friday night (8 p.m. on ESPN2), Syracuse (5-4, 1-3 Big East) will host league foe, the University of South Florida, at the Carrier Dome. The Bulls (4-4, 0-4) have lost four straight contests, all league games, while SU is on its two-game skid, the first of its kind this season.
"We are on a short week playing a South Florida team that is coming up here in the same situation," said Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone during his weekly teleconference. "They gotta get back on the track. You have two teams going at it Friday night and we have a lot of work ahead of us and we're going to ready to play."
The Orange need a miracle to earn the league's Bowl Championship Series bowl berth -- SU needs to win its last three games and hope that the University of Louisville and the University of Cincinnati loses out. Meanwhile, USF has been eliminated from the league's title race, but still would like to qualify for its seventh straight bowl game.