Inside The Bills

Marrone & Schiano have squared off before

Posted by Chris Brown on December 7, 2013 – 11:50 am

The Big East football conference is now defunct, but it’s where both Doug Marrone and Greg Schiano cut their teeth as head coaches. Marrone at Syracuse and Schiano at Rutgers squared off against each other three times between 2009 and 2011.

In 2009, Marrone’s first season coaching the Orange, his team upset Schiano’s No. 25 Scarlet Knights 31-13 with Syracuse boasting a vastly superior rushing attack (does a similar strength exist for Buffalo now?).

The following season Marrone and his Orange squeezed out a 13-10 victory with the winning field goal coming with just over a minute remaining.

The 2011 meeting was the last before Schiano left for Tampa Bay and Rutgers needed double overtime to pull out a 19-16 win with a 47-yard field goal the difference.

So Marrone has the 2-1 edge in record in head to head matchups between the two head coaches, and once again the odds makers believe Sunday will be a close game.

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