SYRACUSE, New York — The arithmetic is simple for Syracuse: Beat Boston College in the regular-season finale or there's no chance to play in the postseason.
At least the Orange (5-6, 3-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) will be at home when they face the Eagles (7-4, 4-3) on Saturday afternoon. Putting last week's 17-16 home loss to Pittsburgh behind might be the most difficult part of the week. A win for the taking was lost as the Syracuse offense sputtered again.
Since a 24-10 win at North Carolina State in mid-October, Syracuse has scored just 52 points in five games, going scoreless in 11 of 20 quarters.
Small wonder the Orange are ranked near the bottom nationally in several offensive categories: 100th in scoring offense (21.8 points per game), 93rd in total offense (365.7 yards per game), 122nd in yards per completion (9.84), and 103rd in first downs (198).