The Syracuse Orange football program opens its 2012-13 season Saturday, as it host the Northwestern Wildcats in a non-conference contest at the Carrier Dome (12 p.m. ET on ESPN2). The Big East/Big Ten Conference showdown is the third meeting in the last five seasons between the two programs.
All-time, Syracuse is 78-40-4 in season openers including a last year's 36-29 victory over Wake Forrest. However, against Big Ten opponents the Orange are 1-6-1. Under head coach Doug Marrone, SU is 2-1 in Week 1 contests.
The Wildcats are led by head coach Pat Fitzgearld, who's entering his seventh season. Last season, the purple and white finished the season 6-7 with a loss in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.
Location: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY.
Game Time: 12 p.m. ET
Announcers: Beth Mownins (play-by-play), Joey Galloway (color commentary), Jenn Browns (sidelines).