Looking Ahead: Breaking Down the 2014 Syrcause Football Schedule

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The full SU Football schedule was released yesterday afternoon, and it looks like the Orange didn’t catch any breaks with its conference schedule.

In non-conference, The Orange have Villanova and Eastern Michigan before facing Maryland and Notre Dame. The final two games will clearly be more difficult for the Orange, but keep in mind SU did beat Maryland in College Park last season. The matchup with Notre Dame will be the biggest challenge for the Orange before conference play, especially with the game being played at MetLife Stadium. The games at MetLife may not be popular with Syracuse area fans, but as the Fizz has said in the past, the games are important for exposure and recruiting.
The ACC did SU no favors early. The week after the Notre Dame game, the Orange comes back to the Dome to face Louisville. While we all know what happened the last time the Cardinals came to the Dome , this is a different Louisville team. QB Teddy Bridgewater is off to the NFL and head coach Charlie Strong left for Texas. Still, the game should be a challenge.

Next up is the defending National Champion, Florida State. The Seminoles do not have many players leaving for the NFL and it bring back Heisman winner Jameis Winston. Last year in Tallahassee, the Noles put a beat down on the Orange, and with most of the Florida State team coming back, it is hard to imagine anything different at the Dome in October.

After the two home games, the Orange goes on the road for two weeks to face Wake Forest and Clemson. The Orange hosted both teams in the Carrier Dome in 2013. Last year the SU pass rush got to Wake Forest and the Demon Deacons’ passing game was non-existent. Against Clemson, the SU secondary lost receivers a couple of times for long scoring plays, and the offense struggled to get going.

After that, there are two more home games for the Orange: NC State and Duke. SU beat NC State in Raleigh last year in an ugly grind-it-out type game (http://orangefizz.net/2013/10/fizz-five-takeaways-from-win-over-nc-state/). Duke is a new opponent for the Orange and this is not the Duke football of even five years ago. The Blue Devils went to the ACC Championship game last year, where they stuck with Florida State for a little while (longer than SU did, at least).

After Duke, the Orange has its second bye week of the season. The first comes the second week of the year. After the second bye, the Orange finish with road games against Pitt and BC. If that sounds familiar, it is because the Orange ended the 2013 season with Pitt and BC at home on the same weekends, right around Thanksgiving. Even more interesting is a report from CBS Sports’ Jeremy Fowler saying the ACC is considering making SU-BC a “rivalry” matchup that will always be played Thanksgiving weekend. Other reports have shown that the SU-BC game could become one of the Friday after Thanksgiving games that have become popular recently, which would give SU another big stage to perform on.

Overall, the schedule looks tough for the Orange. But a tougher football schedule was expected when Syracuse moved into the ACC.

Posted by: Seth Goldberg 


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  1. Ron says:

    Bring it on fella’s “BRING IT ON”.

  2. Chris says:

    Central Michigan…. *facepalm*

  3. HedgeHog says:

    Solid schedule. Nova and C. Michigan should be wins. Fla St & Clemson prob losses (hate to say it but talent level ). The rest are pretty much toss ups- similar to this year. I’m expecting Louisville to take a step back after loosing their head coach and QB, same for Wake. Duke may not be as good as this season. I could see us going anywhere from 5-7 to 9-3. Once again our Strength of Schedule will be in the top third of the Div 1-A with games vs 8 bowl teams. Too bad we didn’t end up in the SEC where they get to play 3-4 cupcakes a season!

  4. Terry says:

    dougie would of bitched about the quick week off, but look what he did to SU anyway. It looks like SU/BC or SU/PITT will at the end of the season matchups and I think that’s no problem. If and when either of these 3 teams are “IT” that season for a ACC championship it will bring back the ghosts of old. I like that alot. Its just that HCSS and his staff have to bring up the talent level. As of right SU is ranked 59 nationally and that’s poor. If SU is lucky that’s another 6-6/7-5 or 5-7 season!! That’s not really a rebuilding of a program is all about!!

    Do not forget about the kids at PSABUSEDU!! THE NCAA DID!!

  5. OrangeCrush27 says:

    I like the schedule for 2014. Yes the Bye weeks don’t help but I could this team reaching 8-10 wins and playing a bit more competitively, especially against Clemson/FSU.

    We all wanted a stronger schedule and that’s what we seemed to have got compared to the BE.

    I feel the most important factor for ‘Cuse next year will be attendance for home games. Got to get those numbers up and be that 12th man!

  6. thesackster says:

    can’t wait, love the new conference and looking foward to going to notre dame game. i think syracuse has another challenging schedule and am hoping to see them going to a bowl game again..

  7. chris says:

    the ranking is BS. The quality of this class is far and away one of the best in many decades.Sure it can get better and it will. This class isn’t near complete.As for the schedule,so what? The games are there to be played. Unless the NCAA decides to award games on paper only to avoid injuries there will pads colliding.

  8. Ron says:

    Looked at the schedule and I feel that it favors Syracuse.

    Wins–Villanova,Central Michigan,Maryland,Notre Dame,Wake Forest,Clemson,NC State,Pittsburgh,Boston college.

    Loses–Louisville,Florida State and Duke.

    Season ending overall record,best case scenerio (9-3 5-3 ACC) or (8-4 4-4 ACC)

    Worst Case scenerio (7-5 3-5 ACC)

    I’m also predicting Syracuse to become BOWL ELIGIBLE after the Clemson game with having a (6-2 2-2 ACC).

    It’s the “HOMIE PERSONALITY” and my overly optimestic views that I have that lead me to make statements like this.

  9. Ron says:

    Oh,I forgot to add the win in it’s 3rd bowl game and 4th over the last 5 years.

    So Syracuse could end the season with a 10-3,9-4 or 8-5 record in Coach Shafers 2nd year as head coach. Impressive isn’t it????

    Go Cuse;

  10. Cuse Don't Luse says:

    every year we talk about that elusive 9-10 win season will this be the year?

  11. Terry says:

    RON your the most companionate SU fan on this site. But your off on this one and others on here to are. Its to early for my record prediction but for sure SU is not wining more than 7 games. I think!!! Why??

    2014 Recruiting class so far is not in the low 50s or high 40s!! Its rated 59 now!! Terrible!! Who cares if its better than the past classes it better be- to improve!! SU(unless the staff gets some top talent) real problem next year and it showed this year is QUALITY depth!! Not just numbers but good depth. It showed the whole year that SU’s depth could catch up with them and it almost did against PITT/BC!! And third HCSS and staff have to do a better job this year-coaching. It was a learning experience for them together in 2013!! We will give them that, but not for long!! The only gamble I’d play would be play more Freshmen. Down the road and recruiting will be helped!!

    Watched ESPNU today and they mentioned a player to watch from Long Island committed to Maryland. He has been committed to Maryland for awhile so I really don’t care about him too much. But at the same time another NYC/LI kid got away. We aren’t talking PSABUSEDU,ND,OSU,FLORIDA or CLEMSON. We are saying MARYLAND!! MARYLAND had a terrible year in 2013. WHY is SU LOSING ITS OWN. THIS AIN’T BITCHING!! ESPNU said this local kid(LI/NYC) is going someplace. HELL NO he ain’t!! He should be at SU not MARYLAND!! WHAT goes here??? This kid is not a prima donna either!! HCSS and staff should not loose local talent to poorer teams. Something stinks here and yet nothing is said or done about it!!

  12. Ron says:

    @Terry;

    Thanks for the compliment,but as you know from our discussions in the past,I love Syracuse Football,it’s all I’ve ever known and have been following since I was thirteen. In the past I’ve had some great discussions/arguments with people from Louisville,Florida,West Virginia,Penn St,Pittsburgh,Michigan,Akron and the best of all Terry is I get a chance to talk with people like you who are members of this website who know the game and aren’t afraid to tell us what bothers them.

    Were you talking about 6’5″ OT Sean Christie out of Medford HS going to Maryland?

    Have a good day Terry.

  13. HedgeHog says:

    I’m all for being optimistic, but getting 8, 9 or 10 wins with this schedule will be very difficult. We play eight (yes 8) teams that were in bowls this past season. Compare that with every team in the top 25 – guarantee most of therm will only play 3-4, maybe 5. Most SEC teams only face 5 or 6 bowl level teams. Our defense may take a step back after loosing both Bromley and Spruill. SU finished 6-6 this past season with a similar schedule. I think it’s realistic to predict we may get 1 more win (maybe 2 if we are lucky). 7-5 with any luck 8-4 is prob out best scenario.

  14. Terry says:

    Yes Ron that’s him!!

  15. Kevin says:

    Hey guys… need to fix spelling of “Syracuse” in article title.

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