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Syracuse regroups as it gets set to host Louisville on Friday night

Syracuse safety Durell Eskridge, left, is congratulated by  Josh Kirkland after Eskridge scored on an interception during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Notre Dame, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. Notre Dame won 31-15. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Syracuse safety Durell Eskridge, left, is congratulated by Josh Kirkland after Eskridge scored on an interception during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Notre Dame, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. Notre Dame won 31-15. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)  (The Associated Press)

Syracuse has had an up-and-down season, the down part being losses in the last two games.

A 34-20 loss to Maryland in the Carrier Dome on Sept. 20 was followed by a 31-15 setback against unbeaten Notre Dame on Saturday night at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

Now comes a tough home matchup against Louisville (4-1) on Friday night.

One of coach Scott Shafer's main focuses again this week is addressing the penalties called against his Orange. There were 10 in the Notre Dame game, many of them before the ball was snapped. And there have been about four times as many infractions called inside the 30-yard line than outside it, a real cause for concern.

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