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Orange Bowl


No. 18 Syracuse (8-3) vs. No. 7 Florida (9-2)

When: Tonight, 8.

Where: Orange Bowl, Miami.

TV: Chs. 2, 7.

Line: Florida by 7.

Outlook: Syracuse is making its 19th bowl appearance and seventh of the 1990s. The Orangemen are 10-7-1. Florida is making its 26th appearance and its sixth consecutive New Year's Day bowl. The Gators are 12-13-0. This game will pit Syracuse's high-scoring offense and QB Donovan McNabb against Florida's defense, ninth nationally. This game has been moved back to the Orange Bowl (from Pro Player Stadium) to avoid possible conflicts with NFL playoff games. The Orangemen average 490 yards per game and are third nationally with 42 points per game. However, in its three losses, Syracuse allowed 34, 48 and 35 points. McNabb has thrown for 22 touchdowns and run for eight. The Gators' fun 'n' gun pass attack slowly climbed up the charts; it ranks fifth nationally with 346 yards per game. Florida's weakness is its ground game, which produced nine touchdowns. In the team's two losses, it failed to move the ball on the ground.

Pub Date: 1/02/99

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