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The last time the Syracuse Orange defeated the Pittsburgh Panthers on the football field, Paul Pasqualoni was the head coach, Doug Marrone was an offensive line coach for the New York Jets and Ashton Broyld was 12 years old. Let that sink in for a minute and then we'll continue.
On paper, this should be one of the biggest rivalry games of the year for Syracuse (and vice versa).
And yet, as we've discussed at length here, the Orange and Panthers fanbases don't have much more vitriol for one another than any other Big East foe.
"As long as we beat Pitt, it's a successful season." - No Syracuse fan, ever.
I don't know if it's one thing that makes this rivalry such a non-rivalry. The lack of many memorable moments certainly jumps out. Could you name the ten most memorable games in the series history? Could you even REMEMBER ten games in this series?
Even last year's season-ender, which should have made us hate Pitt, create little ill will. We were too busy blaming ourselves for blowing so many chances at bowl eligibility that we didn't have time to make it personal.
It also hasn't helped matters that Syracuse has been a doormat in this series for the last decade. Unlike any other school in the conference (and that includes dearly-departed West Virginia), no one has owned the Orange quite like the Panthers. Syracuse's last win came in 2004 and even that required a double overtime effort. Other than that, they've lost every other contest since 2002.
Actually, you could make the case that the series has always been dominated by one party and that's a large part of why the rivalry feels lacking.
So no matter which side you root for, no matter your generation, one team in this rivalry was always dominating the other. Other than a four-year swing between 1969 and 1972, there has never been a time in the modern era where this rivalry has actually felt like a rivalry.
It's ironic that Syracuse and Pitt are linked once again by the impending move to the ACC. It means we will continue to play one another. It means we will continue to recruit against one another. On paper, it's one more piece that would lead you to believe that these two schools will continue to hate one another for years to come.
The truth is, we'll keep wanting to beat one another, but we're saving our hate for someone else.
8 months ago Article 0 comments
With the bye week behind us, it's time to look forward to Friday's tilt with Pittsburgh. Before we get there, let's run through some personnel issues, including an impending decision to redshirt a lot of freshmen.
8 months ago Article 7 comments
Remember how I have all those Pitt friends? Well one I met on Twitter just happens to be the VP of the Oakland Zoo, the perfect person to give us a realistic look at what Cuse is going up against on Friday night.