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Syracuse welcomes Big East rival UConn into the Carrier Dome on Friday night
The Syracuse Orange opens as a 4-point favorite over the Connecticut Huskies, according to OddsShark, as the conference foes prepare to do battle this Friday night in the Carrier Dome (8 p.m. ET, ESPN).
Syracuse (2-4, 1-1) is coming off an 8-point loss to undefeated Rutgers last Saturday in New Jersey. Meanwhile, UConn (3-4, 0-2) looks to get back on track after suffering back-to-back conference losses. In last week's game the Huskies blew a 14-0 first quarter lead and lost 17-14 to Big East newbie Temple. Two weeks prior, Rutgers manhandled UConn, 19-3.
UConn took last year's match up 28-21 in East Hartford behind 152 yards on the ground from freshman running back Lyle McCombs.
The total for Friday night's Big East clash is 43.5 points, and could prove to be a defensive battle as Syracuse ranks 96th (of FBS schools) in scoring while UConn ranks 111th.
Despite its low output, Syracuse has shown off an explosive offense at times behind quarterback Ryan Nassib and play making wide receiver Marcus Sales. The Orange have put up 318 yards per game through the air, which is 11th-best in the nation.