In trying to start 4-0 for the first time since 1991, Syracuse finds itself against a familiar face. From 2004 until 2012, UConn was a conference foe of the Orange, but as we know, SU bolted for the ACC, making this Saturday a relatively special occasion. As we look towards the weekend bout, let us do so with some fun. That’s right, a Syracuse-UConn football math equation. Follow along step by step for a surprise final answer:
Step 1: Start with the number 19, which is how many more first-round NFL draft picks the Orange has produced than the Huskies.
Step 2: ADD 5 to match the longest streak of consecutive wins in this matchup. The Huskies beat the Orange each time the two teams met from 2007 to 2011.
Step 3: Now DIVIDE the number you currently have by 6, or in other words, the number of weeks that UConn has spent in the AP Top 25.
Step 4: MULTIPLY your current number by 18, the same number worn by former Connecticut quarterback Johnny McEntee, who was the last Huskies signal caller to beat the Orange back in 2011.
Step 5: SUBTRACT the number you have now by 1 for SU’s lone national championship victory in 1959.
Step 6: MULTIPLY your number by Eric Dungey’s number 2.
Step 7: DIVIDE the number you (hopefully) now have by 4, which marks the amount of times the Orange faced UConn under former head coach Doug Marrone.
Step 8: Finally, SUBTRACT 8 for the amount of times these two teams have met in the past (technically, since two SU wins were vacated).
If you have done this correctly, you should end up with a final answer of 27.5, which just so happens to be the margin by which the Orange is favored against the Huskies. With that, see you Saturday.