We've spent the better part of the last few months wondering whether or not we'll actually be in the ACC in 2013. Now that we know it's settled, it's time to spend the next year or so wondering what the Syracuse Orange football, basketball and lacrosse schedules might look like.
Perhaps a little something like this...
As Dave Rahme suggests, we shouldn't assume that the schedules will follow the same home-away format they're currently in. We play Pitt in the Dome this year and for all we know we'll play them in the Dome again next year as well. However, we can make some assumptions based on what we know. We know we'll play the six teams in our division, we know we'll play Pitt and we know we'll play Northwestern and Penn State, assuming Penn State still has a team.
Hypothetical 2013 Syracuse Football Schedule
FCS Team That We Beat By Less Than We Should
It's fairly hard to predict exactly who we'll play in the non-conference portion of the schedule, but we can make some educated guesses based on the past and based on things Boeheim has said. The only two Big East schools he had called out by name as teams we want to continue playing are St. John's and Georgetown and I have a feeling they'll be the only ones on the docket for now. The Orange are also locked in to the 2013 Maui Invitational, so the entire schedule should be a solid one once again.
As for the conference play, we know scheduling model will be based on a three-year cycle during which teams will play every league opponent at least once with the primary partners playing home and away annually while the other 12 rotate in groups of four: one year both home and away; one year at home only; and one year away only. Syracuse and Boston College are also primary partners, whom we will play six times over three years compared to the four for every other school.
Hypothetical 2013-2014 Syracuse Basketball Schedule
Maui Invitational (3 games against Arkansas, Baylor, Cal, Chaminade, Dayton, Gonzaga & Minnesota)
St. John's (MSG)
Long Beach State
Boston College x2
Georgia Tech x2
Syracuse Lacrosse might oddly enough get the best of both worlds out of the deal. The conference schedule is now an RPI-rich murderer's row, most of whom were already on the schedule anyway. And, with less teams in the conference, it allows the Orange to get back to scheduling some of those non-conference rivals we lost when we joined the Big East.
Hypothetical 2014 Syracuse Lacrosse Schedule
Princeton (Big City Classic)