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Syracuse Vs. Boston College: Slumping Orange Face Hot Eagles

The Syracuse Orange (7-4) look to get back on track Saturday when they host the Boston College Eagles (7-4) at the Carrier Dome. Game time is noon ET.

Syracuse is bowl eligible for the first time since 2004, but has still lost two of its last three games. The Orange lost at home to Connecticut last weekend, 23-6.

Boston College comes to Syracuse riding a four-game winning streak. Most recently, the Eagles defeated Virginia, 17-13.

The Orange could not get anything going against Connecticut this past weekend and had to settle for six points in a loss to the Huskies. Syracuse has fallen on hard times offensively in its last two games, totaling just 19 points. Against UConn the Orange totaled just 235 yards, and their best player, Delone Carter, was shut down on the ground. Carter found no lanes, and was limited to just 67 yards, giving him 1,005 yards on the season. With Carter not getting much room to cause damage, the offensive pressure fell on Ryan Nassib and the quarterback struggled to lead the way, as he finished with just 171 yards, to go along with one interceptions. Nassib completed 20-of-36 passes and was sacked four times. It was a tough performance for the gunslinger, who comes into this game with 16 touchdowns and just seven interceptions.

The poor play offensively took away from the solid performance put forth by the defense. Sure, the Orange allowed 23 points, but the defense held UConn to just 254 total yards. Where the unit struggled was against the run, as the Huskies pounded Syracuse for 156 yards and two touchdowns. It was a surprising effort in that area considering the Orange head into this game holding teams to just 131.3 ypg on only 3.6 yards per attempt. Overall, the Orange have been one of the more consistent defensive teams in the Big East Conference, holding opponents to just 18.3 ppg on 293.2 total ypg.

This will be the final home game for Syracuse, and as such it will be Senior Day for the Orange.

-- Sports Network contributed to this report