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Looking Ahead...If You Dare

Many have commented that the inaugural Quest-o-meter might have been a little too generous in its assessment of the Orange's chances of fulfilling their destiny as a contestant in this year's International Bowl. Perhaps. But we don't know for sure just what Questie (oh sure, it has a name) saw until we look ahead at the schedule and how our opponents are stacking up as well.

Team: Iowa
Record: 1-0
Last Week: Defeated Northern Illinois 16-3
How Fucked Are We?: Very. Last year was The Stand. Lost in that nail-biting finish was the fact that Iowa fully expected to cakewalk in that game. They remember that. And they are at home this year. In front of a sold-out crowd. And they smell blood. And urine.

Team: Illinois
Record: 0-1
Last Week: Lost 34-40 to Missouri
How Fucked Are We?: We may not be all that fucked. Sure, Missouri is a decent team and the Illini gave them a run for their money, but a couple bounces of the ball go the other way and they would've been blown out. It looks like Syracuse and Illinois will play another round of "Who Wants It Less?" The bigger question is, will anyone be in the Dome to see it?

Team: #10 Louisville
Record: 1-0
Last Week: Defeated Murray State 73-10
How Fucked Are We?: Extremely. The entire team may just want to show up faking injuries. This is going to be a massacre.

Team: Miami (Ohio)
Record: 1-0
Last Week: Defeated Ball State 14-13
How Fucked Are We?: Tough to say. The RedHawks won in the final minute of the game but does that mean they are gritty or got lucky? We'll need to see how they perform against Minnesota and Cincy to determine our exact level of fuckedatude.

Team: #3 West Virginia
Record: 1-0
Last Week: Defeated Western Michigan 62-24
How Fucked Are We?: Are you serious? You're even asking? I don't know if this game will be televised but even if it is, don't watch. If you've ever valued your Syracuse relationship at all, you will look away.

Team: #16 Rutgers
Record: 1-0
Last Week: Defeated Buffalo 38-3
How Fucked Are We?: Highly. While we appreciate Rutgers for squelching or fears that Buffalo might be rising up to take over the mantle of Upstate New York's Finest, we loathe the idea of being the Marsellus Wallace to their Gimp yet again.

Team: Buffalo
Record: 0-1
Last Week: Lost to Rutgers 3-38
How Fucked Are We?: Not very, it would seem. Ah Buffalo, may you always be our sacrificial lamb to the Gods of the Winless Seasons.

Team: Pittsburgh
Record: 1-0
Last Week: Defeated Eastern Michigan 27-3
How Fucked Are We?: Possibly highly, possibly not. The Panthers are accumulating injuries the way Syracuse accumulates losses. By the time they play us we may be facing off against their club team.

Team: South Florida
Record: 1-0
Last Week: Defeated Elon 28-13
How Fucked Are We?: Probably highly. First off though...Elon? ELON? C'mon guys, ELON???

Team: UConn
Record: 1-0
Last Week: Defeated Duke 45-14
How Fucked Are We?: Possibly more than we thought. Sure it was Duke but hey, it's not like we're much better.

Team: Cincinnati
Record: 1-0
Last Week: Defeated 59-3 SE Missouri State
How Fucked Are We?: Probably very, but we'll know more after Cincy-Miami OH in week 3. Oh and for the record, less than a week ago I firmly believed this game would be a deciding factor in which bowl we went to. Shoot me in the face.