Three games better than it was last year at this time, Wake Forest’s football team has a desperation level that’s also different from last year.

But, there’s still desperation.

The Deacons headed to Duke to end last season and won emphatically to punch their ticket to a bowl game. The Deacons head to Syracuse on Saturday with a chance to become the second team in school history to win at least nine regular-season games.

“That’s what’s so hard about this is to be a team that shows up every week. That’s college football and everybody is not fresh right now,” senior running back Cade Carney said. “We’re banged up and we’re fighting through, but that’s the message. … We’ve gotta convince ourselves to go as hard as we can.”

Here are five things to know about Syracuse ahead of Saturday’s game:

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