- The Syracuse football team heads to South Florida on Saturday, Oct. 27th (7 p.m.; TWCS/ESPN) for its third road game of the season. The Orange (3-4, 2-1 BIG EAST) will be in search for its first win on the road for it is 0-2 when playing away this season.
"We're going on the road," said head coach Doug Marrone
. "We have to do a much better job than what we have done in the past. Two years we did a nice job but since then, we haven't played well on the road. I think it's very difficult to go into someone else's own home with home field advantage. It's called that for a reason. I think we've shown that here, at home, this year. The crowd has been great and all the people with the support."
Including the game against USF this weekend, SU will play four of the rest of its five games on the road, returning home to play Louisville on homecoming weekend on Nov. 10.
"It's a challenge," Marrone said. "I believe there is only two other teams in the country that have that type of challenge. The players are aware of it. It's a management situation of making sure our players are rested getting to the game."
Against Connecticut this past weekend, the Orange showed improvement on winning the turnover battle – something that has been a focus of the team these past few weeks.
"For us, it's the same type of situation," Marrone said. "We have to make sure we win the turnover battle. That's the most important thing. We stressed that last week. We were able to do that and be plus two. We have done a good job in that area. We have to maintain that and continue to stress that. We have to stress ball security and taking the ball aware. Consistency and execution are important as well. Last week, all three phases played well. They didn't play outstanding, they played well. There are some things we need to sharpen in some of those areas. We have to keep that formula in place."
The Bulls hold the advantage in the series between the two teams, 6-1. The Orange posted its first victory in the series in 2010, defeating USF on the road, 13-9. USF currently holds a 2-5 record and is 0-3 in the BIG EAST.
"They are a very, very talented football team and I am sure they will be looking to turn it around against us," Marrone said. "We are going down there to try and play the same type of game of not turning the ball over and playing well in all three phases."
The Orange has back-to-back road games at South Florida (Oct. 27) followed by the game at Cincinnati (Nov. 3) before returning to the Carrier Dome for a Homecoming contest against Louisville on November 10.