Syracuse football takes on Villanova

Syracuse Football


Syracuse University opens its 125th college football season at the Carrier Dome Friday, Aug. 29 against FCS opponent Villanova at 7:30 p.m. The game is the earliest home opener in school history and it can be seen live on ESPN3.Dave Popkin (pxp) and Al Groh (analyst) have the call.

While the Orange and Wildcats have played 71 times on the basketball hardwood, Friday’s game is just the fourth meeting between the schools on the gridiron and the first since 1975.

Orange head coach Scott Shafer enters his second season on the bridge after posting a 7-6 record and guiding Syracuse to a 21-17 victory over Minnesota in the Texas Bowl last year. The Orange returns 14 starters and 46 letterwinners from the 2013 club.

Villanova was 6-5 in 2013. The Wildcats bring back 33 letterwinners and 15 starters from last year’s outfit. Villanova is 12th in the preseason Sports Network rankings and 13th in the FCS Coaches’ Poll.

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Aug. 29 – Villanova at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN3
Sept. 20 – Maryland TBA
Oct. 3 – Louisville at 7 p.m. on ESPN
Oct. 11 – Florida State TBA
Nov. 1 – North Carloina State TBA
Nov. 8 – Duke TBA

Sept. 13- Central Michigan at 12 Noon on ESPNU & ESPNEWS
Sept. 27 – Notre Dame TBA
Oct. 18 – Wake Forest TBA
Oct. 25 – Clemson – TBA
Nov. 22 – Pitt TBA
Nov. 29 – Boston College TBA

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