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February 17. 2013 7:57AM
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Fresh from a bye week, Syracuse is ready to begin making amends for a season that so far has gone very wrong.

The first chance comes tonight at home against Pittsburgh in a Big East game featuring two teams that will leave for the Atlantic Coast Conference next season.

The conference opener for the Orange (1-3) is a crucial game for coach Doug Marrone. Another loss like the 17-10 debacle at Minnesota two weeks ago and the Orange might just bid sayonara to those hopes and dreams of playing in the postseason for the second time in three years.

"We're a better football team than we were the last time we played," Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib said. "We know that we've been in every game so far. Those games we lost we found a way to beat ourselves. No team has outright beat us yet. If we clean up some of these small things, we're going to be a good team."

Among the areas that needed to be addressed during the off week were turnovers and penalties. Against the Golden Gophers, the Orange had four giveaways to bring the season total to 10 and were whistled for 10 penalties. Through four games, the Syracuse defense has produced only four turnovers (three interceptions and one fumble recovery), giving the Orange one of the worst turnover margins in the country (minus-1.5).





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