USF vs. Syracuse, 7 p.m. Saturday, 98.7-FM, 1010-AM
If there's a team USF (2-5, 0-3 Big East) would want to try to end a five-game losing streak against, it might be Syracuse (3-4, 2-1), as the Bulls are 6-1 all-time against the Orange. USF's only Big East win in its last 12 conference games was last year at the Carrier Dome. The conference records can be a little deceiving, as the three teams USF lost to are a combined 8-1 in the Big East, while Syracuse's two wins are against Pittsburgh and Connecticut, which are a combined 0-6.
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Can USF get its first interception of 2012? The Bulls haven't been able to pick off any passes from Syracuse senior Ryan Nassib in two previous games against him. Turnover margin isn't a strength for either team, so takeaways might be easier to come by for USF's defense, which forced a fumble against Louisville for its first takeaway in five games. Syracuse's potent passing attack has two dangerous receivers in Alec Lemon and Marcus Sales, so USF's cornerbacks will be tested.
Greg Auman, Times staff writer