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Syracuse Football & The Quest For Detroit?

Some early bowl game predictions are sending SU to The Great Lakes State in December.

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

When the ACC announced its new and improved bowl affiliations last year, there was one new addition that stuck out, though perhaps for all the wrong reasons.

The partnerships are in addition to what the Conference previously announced, and have the ACC providing a team in each of the six years to the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman; the AdvoCare V100 Bowl and a new bowl game in Detroit, Mich., hosted by the Detroit Lions Football Club of the National Football League.

As I said at the time, "The Detroit Bowl: It's Pinstripe Bowl Weather Without Any Redeeming Value!"

The fear is of course that given the northern-ish-ness of the bowl game and our proclivity for finishing with six or seven wins, this game would become a de facto destination for us and Pitt. Some early ESPN bowl predictions are in and all of their signs seem to point to us taking a trip out to The Great Lakes State in December.

Both Brett McMurphy and Mark Schlabach are sending the Syracuse Orange to the Detroit Bowl to face either the Illinois Fighting Illini or the Indiana Hoosiers.

Obviously, these are May predictions so don't get worked up. Plus, neither of them sent Pitt to the BBVA Bowl, so how can we really consider them experts?

The only way I agree to this? If Tom Crean promises to coach the Indiana football team in the bowl game. I like beating him.