If one team beats another team (not as much in the Big East where every beats everyone) it is safe to conclude that the first team will defeat a team that the 2nd team beat. For example, if Team A beats Team B, and Team B beats Team C then it is safe to conclude that Team A will beat Team C. However, if Team C beats Team A we get a cycle. In this scenario, you cant really determine which team is better than another because they have all beaten each other.
Examples of this in Syracuse's case:
Cuse defeats Wake 36-29, Wake defeats Florida State 35-30, Florida State defeats Maryland 41-16, Maryland defeats Miami 32-24, Miami defeats Ohio State 24-6, Ohio State defeats Illinois 17-7, Illinois defeats Arizona State 17-14, Arizona State defeats USC 43-22, and USC defeats the Orange 38-17.
Cuse defeats WV 49-23, WV defeats UConn 43-16, UConn defeats USF 16-10, USF defeats Notre Dame 23-20, Notre Dame defeats Air Force 59-33, Air Force defeats Navy 35-34, Navy defeats W. Kentucky 40-14, W. Kentucky defeats Louisiana–Lafayette 42-23, Louisiana–Lafayette defeats Troy 31-17, Troy defeats UAB 24-23, UAB defeats UCF 26-24, UCF defeats Marshall 16-6, Marshall defeats Louisville 17-13, Louisville defeats Rutgers 16-14, and sadly Rutgers defeats Syracuse 19-16.
So essentially, Syracuse has beaten themselves....in the form of other teams.