Saturday, Sept. 19, 12:30 p.m. ET
Both teams are coming off wins, although can already claim an Atlantic Coast Conference win after downing Wake Forest, 30-17, last Saturday. The Orange opened by blistering Rhode Island, 47-0, in Week One. A win over CMU would give Syracuse its first 3-0 start since 1991.
Central Michigan put up a very good fight before falling to Oklahoma State in the Chippewas season and home opener. They followed that with a 31-10 triumph over Monmouth in Week Two.
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Syracuse (2-0, 1-0 ACC)
-- Perhaps the most notable stat from last year’s meeting is CMU’s rushing total – 34 yards on 23 carries. Through two games, the Orange have given every indication that they will once again be tough to run against. Thus far, they have allowed an average of just 25 rushing yards per contest. That ranks second in all of FBS.
-- Another notable stat from last year’s meeting is three fumbles by Central – two of which were lost. Syracuse currently leads the country in turnover margin with a mark of +3.0.
-- True freshman quarterback Eric Dungey will be a the helm for SU. He is 18 for 30 with four touchdowns through two games. Dungey took over for Terrel Hunt, who suffered a season-ending injury in the opener. The latter totaled 267 yards with three touchdowns against CMU in 2014.
-- Head coach Scott Shafer is one of several coaches with ties to the MAC. He served as defensive coordinator at Western Michigan and was at Northern Illinois before that.
-- Syracuse outscored Wake Forest 17-0 in the second half of last week’s 30-17 victory.
-- The Orange managed to score with all three units (offense, defense and special teams) in their season opener.
-- SU had a number of injuries up front last year, giving others a chance to gain experience. That could be paying off this season. The Orange had 312 yards rushing against Rhode Island.
-- Junior wideout Brisley Estime (5-9, 178) is averaging 134 all-purpose yards per game. Estime hauled in an 89-yard pass against Wake Forest and also had a 75-yard punt return for a TD in the opener against Rhode Island.
-- Jordan Fredericks and George Morris II are both averaging over 6.0 yards per carry, with a combined 38 carries for 241 yards.
Central Michigan (1-1, 0-0 MAC)
-- The Chippewas are averaging 76 rushing yards per game (12th MAC, 122nd nationally). Martez Walker leads the team with 20 carries for 59 yards.
-- The passing game is providing 296.5 ypg (3rd MAC, 25th FBS). Quarterback Cooper Rush is completing 68.8 percent of his 77 pass attempts. He has three TD tosses with two interceptions. … Mark Chapman owns the most receptions (12 for 133 yards), while Ben McCord is averaging 26.5 ypc on six receptions for 159 yards with one TD.
-- The 372.5 ypg of total offense is seventh MAC and 90th FBS.
-- CMU is converting 57 percent of its third down opportunities. That tops the MAC and is fifth nationally.
Kicker Brian Eavey is thus far perfect, with five PAT kicks and three field goals.