Earlier this week, Syracuse posted its upcoming football schedule.
Syracuse starts its season on a Friday against a Boston College team with a new head coach. Jeff Hafley a co-defensive coordinator at Ohio State before taking the BC job. He’s tasked with replacing AJ Dillon, one of the best players in Boston College history. Last season Dillon became the only player in BC history to rush for over 4,000 yards in his career. He did that in just three seasons.
In Week 2 Syracuse faces another former Ohio State defensive coordinator when it travels to Rutgers to face a Greg Schaino coached team. This is actually Schiano’s second time as head coach at Rutgers. In his first stint at Rutgers, Schiano had a 68-67 record, which is fantastic at Rutgers. But last season the Scarlet Knights went 2-10, and now play in the Big Ten. Schiano’s road to making Rutgers relevant once again is much bumpier than the first time.
Syracuse finally makes its home debut in a cupcake matchup against Colgate. A year ago Colgate went 4-8 in the Patriot League after starting the season on a seven game losing streak. These two programs haven’t squared off since 2016, when a 4-8 Orange squad rolled Colgate 33-7 in the season opener.
After throttling Western Michigan 52-33 in the Dome last season, Syracuse travels to Kalamazoo. The Broncos finished 7-6 last season, the same record as the year before. The only top-25 opponent Western Michigan faced was Michigan State. The Spartans won that game 51-17. The Broncos will be tasked with replacing star quarterback Jon Wassink who graduated.
The Cardinals were the surprise of the ACC last season, finishing 8-5 under the watch of first year head coach Scott Satterfield. In 2018 Louisville was the worst team in the ACC, ending the season 2-10. Louisville returns plenty of starters, including running back Javian Hawkins who is one of the best running backs in the ACC. Last season Hawkins for over 10 YPC against the Orange, and over 200 yards
After Louisville, SU welcomes Liberty to the Dome a year after traveling to Lynchburg, Virginia. After last season’s early season performance, we at the Fizz were optimistic of Syracuse’s defense. Of course, hindsight is 20/20 and the SU performed terribly throughout the rest of the season. This is a solid game for SU to potentially regroup, sandwiched between challenging games against Louisville and Clemson.