- D.A. (6-6, 3-4 in Big East)
There are three certainties on the SU schedule. Win over Stony Brook, losses to USC and Mizzou. Everything else is a toss up for the Orange, and the coin will flip 5-4 in SU’s favor over the other nine contests. The Orange will find a way to win a close one tomorrow against Northwestern, and win by ten on the road at Minnesota. That means SU needs to dig up just three wins in conference to become bowl eligible. The Orange will knock off Pitt at home with more Friday night Dome magic, return the favor on Coach P vs. UConn, and down Cincinnati. Temple will get an upset win over the Orange, the low point in the season. But it’s enough to go bowling. Pack your bags for Tampa, we’re headed to the Beef O’ Brady’s Bowl.
- Andrew Kanell: (7-5, 4-3)
Looking at the other 11 games on the Syracuse schedule, including its brutal non-conference slate, there’s no ignoring Northwestern as the most important game of the season. It’s bizarre, to say that about a season opener, but in this case it’s true. Syracuse will come ready to play in the Dome Saturday and earn the victory. The Orange will split its other four non-con games, will do just enough in the mediocre Big East, and head to the Pinstripe Bowl with a 7-5 record for the second time in three years.
- Kevin Fitzgerald: (6-6, 3-4)
- Jake Moskowitz: (7-5, 4-3)
- Brendan Glasheen: (6-6, 4-3)
The Orange will manage to increase its win total by one from last season and finish at the .500 mark. More importantly, SU will rally together 4 wins in the Big East and leave the conference with a postseason appearance. Ashton Broyld will become a cornerstone player for the program and will help attract big name recruits when others see how creatively he’s utilized. This offense won’t run completely smoothly because there are too many new pieces. But that’s where the defense bails SU out and keeps the Orange in a lot of games.