ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — UAlbany football has faced a tough opening schedule, leading to an 0-2 start. It won’t get any easier this Saturday when they head to the Carrier Dome to take on Syracuse.

The Orange are coming off a tough loss as well, falling 17-7 at home to Rutgers on Saturday. This will be the Great Danes’ second game in a dome in three weeks, as they face another hostile environment. UAlbany didn’t need any more motivation coming off that conference loss, but Syracuse head coach Dino Babers added some fuel to the fire on Monday. “First of all, for the kids coming up, it’s their Superbowl,” he said.

“They were never a three-star, they’re not a two-star. You know, they didn’t have any expectations,” Baber said. “They’re not leaving schools because they’re not playing. They love the game and that’s why they’re there.”

“It’s really not any more important to our kids,” UAlbany head coach Greg Gattuso said. “Of course they want to win and of course they want to play well. It’s a bigger stage and there’s no question, but the Superbowl is probably a little over the top.”

Babers wasn’t exactly talking down on the Danes, but UAlbany has some bulletin board material for Saturday. Kickoff is set for noon.