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Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays

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The Tampa Bay Rays return to Tropicana Field after a long nine-game road trip to start a ten-game home stand. Tampa Bay, who entered the road trip 64-66 and 4.5 games back of the second wild card, did not help their chances during the trip that started off with such high hopes. After winning the first two games of the road trip in Baltimore, they lost 5 of the next 7 games, losing 2 out of 3 to both the Yankees and Tigers. The end results are a road trip of 4-5, which is even more heartbreaking with two losses coming in extra innings.

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The Tampa Bay Rays have played well for the most part this season but they are going to fall short of the post-season. The Rays are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 33-35 at home, and they are 11 games back in the AL East. As a team the Rays are hitting .250 with Logan Forsythe hitting .287, Evan Longoria hitting .273, and Asdrubal Cabrera hitting .264. The Rays pitching staff has an ERA of 3.68 with the starters at 3.65 and the bullpen at 3.74. For game one against the Red Sox the Rays start Chris Archer who has allowed 148 hits and 60 earned runs while striking out 228 over 187.1 innings for a 12-11 record and a 2.88 ERA
The Boston Red Sox are in last place in the American League East but they have been more competitive since the All Star Break. The Red Sox are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 27-38 on the road, and they are 13 games back in the AL East. As a team the Red Sox are hitting .267 with Xander Bogaerts hitting .318, Mookie Betts hitting .286, and Brock Holt hitting .279. The Red Sox pitching staff has an ERA of 4.50 with the starters at 4.57 and the bullpen at 4.39. For game one against the Rays the Red Sox start Wade Miley who has allowed 174 hits and 83 earned runs while striking out 129 over 168.2 innings for an 11-10 record and a 4.43 ERA.

Tampa Bay is 8-1 at home against a left-handed starter, 2-5 in their last seven games, and 2-5 in Archer’s last seven starts in game one of a series. Boston is 5-1 in their last six games, 2-7 in their last nine road games against a team with a losing home record, and 0-5 in Miley’s last five road starts. Tampa Bay is 0-4 in Archer’s last four starts against the Red Sox.

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Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at Western Kentucky Hilltoppers

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The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers host the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs on Thursday Night College Football. The game is scheduled for an 8:00 p.m. start time.

A pair of potential giant killers this season, both Louisiana Tech and Western Kentucky will be on the road next week against power five conference teams.Western Kentucky isn’t looking for “revenge,” so much as they’re looking to play a good game against a good football team. Louisiana Tech, meanwhile, is coming off an offensive show out against Southern, where the Bulldogs dropped 52 points in the first half, Jeff Driskel threw for 247 yards on 12-of-15 passing and Kenneth Dixon rushed for 106 yards on only nine touches.

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The Hilltoppers already went on the road against Vanderbilt last week, knocking off an SEC team while holding them to just 12 points. Leon Allen didn’t have a big day from out of the backfield, but the defense was able to do just enough to help the sputtering Hilltopper offense find a way to win. The Hilltoppers played well down the stretch, as well, but had to make a stop on the Commodores 2-point conversion that would have tied the game with right around 30 seconds left in the game.

Louisiana Tech looks solid with Florida graduate transfer Jeff Driskel, who threw four touchdowns and ran for another one against Southern in a 62-15 opening win.

Both of these teams piled up points a season ago, ranking in the Top 15 nationally. Western Kentucky’s defense kept them from being great, the Bulldog defense helped them reach nine victories. That defense should play a big role in this contest, but Western Kentucky’s offense certainly dynamic.

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Toronto Blue Jays at New York Yankees

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The Toronto Blue Jays and Yankees square off for four games starting Thursday, separated in the American League East by 1.5 games, Toronto with the advantage.

After the rubber match Wednesday night against the Red Sox, the Blue Jays continue their 10-game road trip with a pivotal four-game series at Yankee Stadium against their closest rival.

Thursday, 7 p.m.: LH David Price (14-5, 2.43) vs RH Luis Severino (3-2, 2.04)

Friday, 7 p.m.: RH Marco Estrada (11-8, 3.36) vs. RH Ivan Nova (6-7, 4.50)

Saturday, 1 p.m.: RH Marcus Stroman (0-0, 0.00) vs. RH Michael Pineda (10-8, 4.15)

Sunday, 1 p.m.: RH R.A. Dickey (10-10, 4.01) vs. RH Masahiro Tanaka (11-6, 3.57)

This is the biggest series of the season for both clubs, who have been separated by fewer than two games for the better part of a month now. Prior to Wednesday night’s action, the Jays held a slim, 1.5 game lead atop the division. Despite a number of key injuries, the Yankees have showed no signs they are prepared to concede the pennant. The Jays and Yankees are first and second in runs scored this season, and first and fourth in run differential.

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On Thursday, New York rookie Luis Severino (3-2, 2.04) will face lefty David Price (14-5, 2.43).

Severino struck out nine Blue Jays on August 16 over 6.0 innings and Price, who the Blue Jays nabbed from Detroit at the trade deadline, has allowed three earned runs in 14.1 innings against New York this season.

But beyond Severino, the Yankees’ rotation is in flux. With Nathan Eovaldi out possibly the rest of the season with elbow trouble, New York hasn’t yet named any starters for the next three games, though they’re likely to stay in rotation

The Blue Jays sport among the league’s best offense; since August 1 they have baseball’s top on-base percentage (.348) with the third-most homers (56.)

But Yankees aren’t exactly slouching: they have 47 homers and the third-most walks, 127, in that time.

While it will likely feel like a playoff atmosphere at 161st street in the Bronx, Girardi said in terms of the rotation, it will be probably be decided in the next day or so. Losing the first two games wouldn’t effect Saturday or Sunday in that regard.

Rain began to fall late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning in New York City, and the forecast for the first of a four-game series between the Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays doesn’t look promising.

Several forecasts early Thursday morning have rain falling steadily through the morning and then picking up in the afternoon and evening.

That is not good news for those hoping to see some baseball. If the game is rained out, it would be the first Yanks’ washout all season.

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How to Pick Your Winning Horse

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Most people do not win at horse racing. They do not study horse racing and handicapping information. They do not have a game play for handicapping and betting on horse races.

Get familiar with reading the race day program. 

Your ability to successfully handicap horses will depend upon your ability to read the race day program. The program is crammed with information that you can use to make smarter bets.

Equibase, the company that creates all the race day programs for every track in the U.S., has a great interactive guide on how to read their race day programs. If you’ve never been to the horse races before, play around with it before you go.

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Look at what class levels the horse has been racing at. 

There are different levels of competition, or classes, in horse racing.  As you go up in class, you’ll find better performing horses and higher purses. There are four race classes: maiden races, claiming races, allowance races, and stakes race

Past performance on surface type. 

Racetracks have different surfaces that the horses run on. Some have natural dirt and grass tracks while others have artificial “all-weather” tracks. Horses perform differently on each type of surface. Some horses love dirt tracks, but don’t like the feel of artificial tracks and vice versa. The program tells you each horse’s past performance on the different surface types.

History with jockey. 

I like to look at a jockey’s performance history in the program. If a jockey consistently places in first, second, or third no matter what horse he or she is riding, it’s a good indicator of talent.

Consider the odds.

For every race, each horse will have the odds of it winning next to its name in the program. The favorite to win is the horse with the lowest odds. While past performance doesn’t guarantee future results, the statistics show that over time going for the race favorite pays off. If you:

  • Bet the race favorite to win, he pays off 33% of the time.
  • Bet the race favorite to place (comes in 1st or 2nd), the favorite pays off 53% of the time.
  • Bet the race favorite to show (comes in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd), the favorite pays off 67% of the time.

So if you’re looking for an easy way to handicap horses that gives you a good chance of a small return on your money, just bet the race favorite to show.

Watch the horse in the paddock. 

Before every race, the horses are paraded around in an area of the track called the paddock. It gives you a chance to see how the horse looks and is behaving before the race starts.

 

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Toronto Blue Jays at Boston Red Sox

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(espn.go.com)- They came out of the Boston Red Sox’ bullpen in numbers typically seen only spilling out of a circus clown car. Jean Machi, Tommy Layne, Noe Ramirez, Junichi Tazawa, Robbie Ross Jr., all in the span of 13 batters.

And for four taut innings, it worked. Torey Lovullo was using more pitchers (six) than the Toronto Blue Jays had hits (three), and the Red Sox had pushed the Jays into extra innings.

But Sox pitcher No. 7, Alexi Ogando, proved one too many, as the Blue Jays scored four times in a 10th inning that featured three hits, an intentional walk, a wild pitch, a balk, a sacrifice fly and two crew-chief reviews on the same play.

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The 5-1 win enabled the Jays to gain a full game on the New York Yankees, 2-1 losers in the Bronx on a ninth-inning home run by Baltimore’s Chris Davis. The Jays lead the AL East by 1.5 games with 24 games to play, one fewer than the Yanks have left.

The play that got all the attention in the New York City video room was Josh Donaldson’s high drive that hit the top of the Green Monster. The ball caromed back onto the field as Donaldson high-tailed it into third, his head-first slide just beating the throw from shortstop Xander Bogaerts, who had hustled to back up the play.

The first review determined that the ball had indeed remained in play and hit off the lip of the wall, not the top of it, which would have made it a home run.

The second review confirmed that Donaldson was indeed safe at third, his triple Toronto’s first hit since Troy Tulowitzki’s single in the sixth.

Jose Bautista flied out to shallow center field for the first out, Donaldson holding, and the Sox elected to issue an intentional walk to Edwin Encarnacion. But Tulowitzki crossed up the strategy by shooting a ground-ball single through the shortstop hole to score Donaldson, and then Ogando became unglued.

Chris Colabello followed with another ground-ball single that glanced off the glove of Bogaerts and continued into center field, the hit scoring pinch-runnerDalton Pompey and sending Tulowitzki to third.

Ogando balked him home, threw a wild pitch that put Colabello on third, and Kevin Pillar followed with a sacrifice fly.

The Jays had scored their first run in the first without the benefit of a hit. Leadoff man Ben Revere was hit by a pitch, took second on a wild pitch by Sox starter Henry Owens, stole third and scored on Encarnacion’s infield out.

The Sox tied it in the second, when Travis Shaw lined his ninth home run of the season into the right-field seats in the second off knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.

Dickey went six. Owens, who hit two batters, threw two wild pitches and committed a balk, was lifted after a walk and single with one out in the sixth. Machi entered and ended the threat when Pillar hit into a double play, and the Sox’s pen held Toronto hitless until Ogando appeared.

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Types of Horse Racing Bets

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You have two categories of wagers to choose from when you bet on the ponies: straight wagers and exotic wagers.

Straight Bets

With straight bets, you are betting on one horse to do a specific thing – Win, Place, or Show. Straight bets require a minimum risk of $2 on track, or you can bet as little as $1 through a betting outlet such as Pinnacle. Below are the types of straight bets as well as a brief description of each. Go to our betting strategy page for a more complete description of each type of bet.

  • Win – You win if your horse finishes 1st.
  • Place – You win if your horse finishes 1st or 2nd.
  • Show – You win if your horse finishes 1st, 2nd, or 3rd.
  • Across The Board– When you bet across the board, you’re betting your horse to win, place, AND show.
  • Win/Place, Place/Show– Similar to an across-the-board bet in that you’re making multiple straight wagers in a single bet

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Exotic Wagers

Exotic wagers allow you to bet on multiple horses in a single bet, allowing you to increase your profit potential.

  • Exacta – You win if you select the 1st and 2nd place horses in a race in the “exact” order.
  • Trifecta – You win if you select the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place horses in a race in the correct order of finish.
  • Superfecta – You win if you select the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place horses in a race in the correct order of finish.
  • Daily Double – Daily Doubles require that you pick the winner of two consecutive races before the running of the first race in the sequence of races. Daily Doubles are usually offered on the first and last two races of each racing card.
  • Pick 3 – You win if you select the winner of three consecutive races. The bet must be placed prior to the running of the first race in the sequence.
  • Pick 4 – You win if you select the winner of four consecutive races. The bets must be placed prior to the running of the first race of the Pick 4 sequence.
  • Head-to-Head – Some tracks offer a head-to-head (H2H) wager. The H2H wager is a race within a race. You pick one of the two designated horses in the race. If your horse finishes in front of the other horse, you win.

 

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Houston Astros at Oakland Athletics

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Sonny Gray (12-7, 2.36 ERA) and the Oakland Athletics (59-79) take on Scott Kazmir (7-9, 2.50 ERA) and the Houston Astros (75-63) in a game that has the potential to be low scoring. This is the second of a three-game series at O.co Coliseum. The Athletics won the last game 10-9 and Oakland leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 10:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sep. 8 and can be seen on CSCA and RTSW.

Gray pitched 5.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering six runs, striking out two and walking one in a 9-4 defeat to the Angels. Kazmir went 4.1 innings, surrendering two runs (one unearned), striking out five and walking two in an 8-3 defeat to the Mariners in his last outing. Carlos Correa (.281, 39 Rs, 17 HRs, 50 RBIs, 11 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and four RBIs.

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Oakland is a slim -110 favorite at home against Houston. The matchup has an estimated Over/Under (O/U) of seven runs. The Athletics have an overall money line of -2,876 and a record as the favorite of 32-36. Oakland has had a discouraging season against division opponents, earning records of 16-17 and 26-32 as the favorite and SU respectively. The Athletics have seen an uptick in scoring against teams inside their division, averaging 4.7 runs per game. They average 4.2 runs per game on the season. Oakland’s pitching staff has been doing poorly against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, allowing an average of 6.2 runs per game, well above its season average of 4.2. The Athletics are the fourth-best team in the AL at limiting hits to their opponents, allowing only 8.3 hits per game so far this season.

In games where it is the underdog, Houston has a 30-28 record and an overall money line of +573. They have managed to pull off a perfect record over their last ten games while playing as the underdog, and have a 5-5 SU record over the same span. The Astros can change the game with one swing of the bat, ranking second in the league with 188 home runs. The Astros are an excellent base stealing team with 103 stolen bases, ranking third in the MLB. Houston’s pitching staff has set the standard for its league, with an AL-low 3.29 ERA. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Astros are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.18 for the season.

The Athletics have a bad 12-28 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they’ll be facing when Kazmir takes the mound. Gray (RHP) will be on the hill against the Astros, who have a 49-41 record against right-handed starting pitchers.

 

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Ohio State Buckeyes at Virginia Tech Hokies

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Who: No. 1 Ohio State Buckeyes (0-0) at Virginia Tech (0-0)
When: Monday, 8 p.m.
Where: Lane Stadium (Blacksburg, Va.)
Last Meeting:

Virginia Tech went on the road last season and defeated Ohio State 35-21. J.T. Barrett threw three interceptions.

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer says he meant no disrespect to Virginia Tech when he blamed the Buckeyes’ stunning home loss to the Hokies last season on his team’s “lack of preparation.”

That doesn’t figure to be a problem Monday night.

The Buckeyes, the first unanimous preseason No. 1 team in college football, get a chance to exact revenge in what promises to be a raucous Blacksburg, Virginia.

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Ohio State won 13 in a row, and the national championship, after that 35-21 loss a year ago. While Meyer and most of his players downplay revenge as a motivator, quarterback J.T. Barrett has a photo of Lane Stadium as the background on his phone to remind him of what happened in 2014.

Barrett threw three interceptions in the loss, including one that Donovan Riley returned 63 yards for a touchdown with 46 seconds to go, making the Hokies the first nonconference opponent in 65 games to win at Ohio Stadium.

Barrett is not alone in admitting the loss still stings.

“They came into our house and embarrassed us,” said senior tight end Nick Vannett, who figures to loom large in the Buckeyes’ passing game because of suspensions and injuries to four receivers. “We’re out for revenge and we’re going to do the same thing to them.”

The Hokies have played the No. 1 team eight times in their history, and have lost all eight, seven by double figures. “I don’t know that there’s every been a No. 1 team in the country that’s as far No. 1 as this crowd is,” coach Frank Beamer said this week. “Real challenge to the program. Real challenge to what we’re all about here at Virginia Tech. I think our players look forward to the challenge, but what an undertaking this is.”

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Tampa Bay Rays at Detroit Tigers

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Detroit Tigers (62-74, 5th in AL Central) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (67-69, 3rd in AL East)

When: 1:08 p.m.
Where: Comerica Park in Detroit

STARTING PITCHERS
Detroit Tigers
LH Randy Wolf (0-3, 6.11 ERA)
Lifetime vs. Tampa Bay: 2-2, 4.95 ERA

Tampa Bay Rays
LH Drew Smyly (2-2, 3.11 ERA)
Lifetime vs. Tigers: Never faced Detroit

Randy Wolf (0-3, 6.11 ERA) and Drew Smyly (2-2, 3.11 ERA) take the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Detroit Tigers (62-74) and the Tampa Bay Rays (67-69) at Comerica Park. Action begins at 1:08 p.m. ET on Monday, Sep. 7

Wolf pitched 3.2 innings in his last outing, surrendering eight runs, striking out two and walking three in a 12-1 defeat to the Royals. Smyly went 7.0 innings, surrendering zero runs, striking out 10 and walking one in an 11-2 win over the Orioles in his most recent start. Logan Forsythe (.290, 60 Rs, 15 HRs, 54 RBIs, 9 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI.

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Tampa Bay takes on Detroit as a -132 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at eight runs. The Tigers have recorded an overall money line of -1,038 and have shown a weak performance as an underdog this season with a record of 28-45. Detroit has recorded a disappointing 2-7 record as the underdog over its last 10 games. The Tigers have seen a decline in scoring as of late, averaging 3.2 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.4 runs per game. Detroit’s pitching staff has been doing poorly against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, allowing an average of 7.1 runs per game, well above its season average of 5.0.

In games where it is the favorite, Tampa Bay has a 32-29 record and an overall money line of -312.

The Rays lead the season series, 2-1. The Tigers have an 18-15 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they’ll be facing when Smyly takes the mound. Wolf (LHP) will be on the hill against the Rays, who have a very good 24-14 record against left-handed starting pitchers.

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Rhode Island Rams at Syracuse Orange

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(foxsports.com )- RACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Year three of the Scott Shafer era at Syracuse is at hand, and there’s nowhere for the Orange to go but up.

In the rearview mirror is a 3-9 record after a 2-0 start, only one win in the Atlantic Coast Conference, and five straight losses to end 2014.

Time to flip the switch.

”I don’t even think about last year. I don’t speak about it,” said senior quarterback Terrel Hunt, who was ejected in the 2014 season opener and missed the last seven games with a broken calf bone. ”We’re just playing. We don’t think we have to put on a show for anybody. Some people are going to like what we do. Some people won’t like what we do.”

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The new season begins Friday night in the Carrier Dome against Rhode Island, and Shafer is prepared for a difficult game, even if the Rams do play at Division I’s second tier.

”Going into the game, they are fired-up and ready to go,” said Shafer, an assistant at Rhode Island for three years in the mid-1990s who was Syracuse’s defensive coordinator four years ago when the Rams visited the Carrier Dome and lost by only a touchdown. ”Playing in the Dome will be a great experience for those kids. We have to have our Ps and Qs together and be ready to roll.”

Syracuse began last season against Villanova, a solid team from the Football Championship Subdivision, and won by one point – in double overtime – on a touchdown pass from punter Riley Dixon.

Hunt watched it all unfold after his ejection in the second quarter and is anxious to begin making amends.

”It’s my first game back, so I just want to slaughter,” he said. ”You can’t say that, but I want to have a really good game because everybody is so stuck on last year. We’re ready to move forward and see what we have this year.”

Some things to know when Syracuse hosts Rhode Island on Friday night:

DEFENSIVE LINE: Syracuse returns only two defensive linemen with significant playing experience at the position, and end Ron Thompson and tackle John Raymon have been hurting. Although both missed a lot of preseason camp, they’ll be available against Rhode Island. ”We’ll have to be careful with the reps because they’re obviously not in football shape,” DC Chuck Bullough said. ”So we’ll have to pick and choose when to play them. They can’t play the whole game.” Bullough expects four freshman defensive linemen to see lots of action, but Thompson and Raymon will be in there if the Orange are behind or it’s close.

TWO DEEP: Syracuse’s lineup includes 11 players who started at least six games in 2014 and 24 who have made at least one career start. It also includes six freshmen, including quarterback Eric Dungey, who will share backup duties with sophomore Austin Wilson. The lone member of Syracuse’s front five without starting experience is right guard Seamus Shanley.

ORANGE CAPTAINS: Hunt, C Rob Trudo, DE Luke Arciniega and LB Zaire Franklin are the new Syracuse captains, elected by a team vote. Hunt is in his third year as the starter and ranks 10th in school history with 2,621 passing yards. He’s also second among active ACC players in total career offense (3,413). Franklin is the Orange’s first sophomore captain in 70 years. ”That’s a long time. That’s heavy,” he said.

RAM POWER: Rhode Island, which finished 1-11 last year, starts junior college transfer QB Paul Mroz, who last year led Victor Valley College in southern California to a 10-0 record, passing for 2,434 yards and 26 touchdowns. Safety Tim Wienclaw recovered four fumbles last season, most in the nation, and also led all Colonial Athletic Association defensive backs by averaging nearly nine tackles per game.

STAT OF THE WEEK: Syracuse has not lost to an FCS team since a 14-13 setback at Holy Cross in 1958, a span of 31 games. The Orange are 13-0 in the Carrier Dome against FCS teams.

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