Orange hoping to avoid history

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Updated: November 16, 2005, 5:17 PM ET
By Joe Starkey | Special to ESPN.com
Syracuse (1-8, 0-6) needs to beat either Notre Dame or Louisville to avoid becoming the first 10-loss team in Syracuse history. Fat chance, given the fact that the Orange, ranked 113th nationally in scoring, continues to sputter along like the college version of the Baltimore Ravens.

An early deficit in either game could lead to a blowout of biblical proportions. If Syracuse can lose to Connecticut and Rutgers by a combined score of 57-16, imagine what might happen Saturday at Notre Dame or Nov. 26 at Louisville.

"We've proven that when we get ourselves down, we're not explosive enough to rally a big comeback," said coach Greg Robinson, in a massive understatement.