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Syracuse-Rutgers Preview Capsule

Syracuse (2-3, 1-0 Big East) at No. 20 Rutgers (5-0, 2-0), noon (SNY)

Line: Rutgers by 7 1/2.

Series Record: Syracuse leads 30-11-1.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

With a win, Rutgers would improve to 6-0 for the third time since 1976, and become bowl eligible for the seventh time in eight seasons. Kyle Flood would become the first coach in the Scarlet Knights' 143-year history of college football to start 6-0. ACC-bound Syracuse will be looking to end its rivalry with Rutgers on a good note in their final Big East matchup. A win would also be the school's 693rd, tied for the 15th most among FBS schools.

KEY MATCHUP

The Syracuse defense, which allowed only 27 yards rushing in a win over Pittsburgh, vs. Rutgers TB Jawan Jamison, who will be looking for his sixth straight 100-yard game rushing this season and seventh overall.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Syracuse: DE Brandon Sharpe was the conference's defensive player of the week after recording a career-best seven tackles, including six for losses and four sacks in a 14-13 win over Pittsburgh. Quarterback Ryan Nassib ranks in the top 20 nationally in completion per game (27.4), passing yards (1,552), passing yards per game (310.4) and total offense (327.8.

Rutgers: QB Gary Nova is 92 for 151 with 10 touchdowns and two interceptions. WR Brandon Coleman has caught 18 passes, with five touchdowns.

FACTS & FIGURES

Scarlet Knights PK Kyle Federico has been fighting a hip injury ... The last two games have been decided by three points, with Syracuse winning in 13-10 in 2010 and Rutgers 19-16 in double OT last season. Rutgers has won five of the last seven in a series. The schools have played every year since 1980. ... The Scarlet Knights' run defense is the nation's second best, yielding an average of 60.6 yards. They have not allowed a 100-yard rusher in nine straight games, dating to 2011. ... Syracuse ranks 17th nationally in passing offense, averaging 310.4 yards. Rutgers is second nationally with 10 interceptions. Rutgers is seventh nationally in turnover margin (+1.8), while Syracuse is 109th in in turnover margin (-1.2).