What Syracuse's 2013-2014 ACC Football, Basketball & Lacrosse Schedules Might Look Like

Apr 1, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Duke Blue Devils attack Josh Dionne (8) works against Syracuse Orange defender David Hamlin (31) at the Big City Classic at MetLife Stadium. Duke Blue Devils defeat the Syracuse Orange 12-10. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE

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...

FOOTBALL

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
@Northwestern
Penn State
FCS Team That We Beat By Less Than We Should
@Clemson
Maryland
@Pitt
Florida State
@NC State
Wake Forest
@BC
Miami
@North Carolina

BASKETBALL

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

Non-Conference Schedule

Maui Invitational (3 games against Arkansas, Baylor, Cal, Chaminade, Dayton, Gonzaga & Minnesota)
St. John's (MSG)
Georgetown
Colgate
Eastern Michigan
Long Beach State
Cornell
Iona
Drexel
St. Bonaventure

Conference Schedule

Boston College x2
Clemson x2
Duke x2
FSU x2
Georgia Tech x2
Maryland x2
Miami
North Carolina
NC State
Virginia
Virginia Tech
Wake Forest

LACROSSE

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
@Duke
Maryland
@North Carolina
Virginia
@Johns Hopkins
Colgate
@Cornell
Albany
Hobart
Army
Denver
@UMass
Georgetown
Princeton (Big City Classic)
ACC Tournament

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