Having a conversation with Desoto86 today made me realize that we're underselling Saturday's game around here. I think the truth is, a lot of us are pretty scared ... not because we think we'll definitely lose (I don't), but because if we do, the season is in serious danger of spiraling out of control. And we don't necessarily want to talk about it.
But we should.
For the record, Matt touched on a lot of these points in his post the other day (which drove a bunch of you into a fit of sadness and lashing out that resembles my 3 month old puppy when I take his destroyed and disemboweled toy away).
Syracuse is 2-3 now, and many of us thought we'd be 2-3 to start the season, so you can't really say it's a disappointment for most of us. However, of that group that thought SU would go 2-3 to start, many had them with somewhere between 5-7 wins. So the margin for error, no matter what, was going to be slim.
There are 7 games left. Of those 7, at least 5, if not 6 are somewhat winnable (FSU is a loss, and GT is likely a loss, though I won't rule it out entirely just yet). Right now, we have to go 4-2 in those six games, which include NC State, GT, Wake, BC, Maryland and Pitt.
If we win tomorrow, it's very realistic we could go bowling. Just beat Wake (at home), BC (at home) and 1 of GT, Pitt (at home) and Maryland. That's still not a guarantee, but it hardly looks impossible.
If we lose tomorrow, we have to go 4-1 against all non FSU teams. Likely that means running the table against Pitt, Maryland, BC and Wake, with a loss on the road to GT. It's not impossible either, but it seems damn unlikely, especially if we lost to an NC State team that really isn't that good.
I really don't think it's an understatement to say this is the biggest game of the year.