The Syracuse Orange offense will have the luxury of operating under their regular quarterback in Eric Dungey, who, according to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy, will be a full-go versus the Notre Dame Fighting Irish when the two square off in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
The sophomore signal caller dazzled in last weekend’s win versus Connecticut but was frequently seen shaking his hand in some sort of pain. Dungey also missed four games last season due to a concussion.
Head coach Dino Babers came over to Syracuse for his first season following a multi-year stint with Bowling Green. As a result, his high-paced offense has worked wonders for Dungey, who is having a good first season for the Orange.
The sophomore has thrown for at least 250 yards and two scores in each of the first four games of the season with Syracuse sitting at 2-2 heading into Saturday. Dungey’s best game came back in Week 1 versus Colgate as he posted 355 yards and two touchdown son 34-of-40 passing.
However, he is fresh off a win versus Connecticut in which he threw for 407 yards.
This is a prime opportunity for Syracuse’s offense, which has adopted the tagline “Orange is the New Fast,” to step on the Fighting Irish’s throat. Notre Dame’s defense has been a constant woe, a la Week 1 versus Texas, Week 3 versus Michigan State, and most recently, a loss last Saturday in which the defense surrendered 38 points to Duke. Those performances triggered the program to fire defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder as well.
Notre Dame is 1-3 on the season with games versus Stanford, Miami and USC still left on the schedule.