While we remain committed to the notion that Dino Babers has a long-term plan that will pay off if you just give it time, that doesn’t make the current state of things feel any better. And it’s not helping that some of the programs on our parallel are moving up the charts without us.
Colorado entered the AP Top 25 this week for the first time since 2005. That’s nice, but it’s also a reminder of how long it’s been since Syracuse was among the best 25 teams in the nation.
Colorado is ranked for 1st time since 2005. Longest AP droughts among P5 teams:— David Hale (@DavidHaleESPN) October 2, 2016
Iowa St (10/1/05)
Syracuse finished the 2001 season with a 10-3 record and ranked No. 14 in the nation. Things went downhill in a hurry and we haven’t sniffed a Top 25 spot since.
Meanwhile, just to drive home how fun things are, Tom Fornelli’s Bottom 25 has been updated and now includes Syracuse.
21. Syracuse, 2-3 (NR): Syracuse has played four games against FBS opponents this season. It has allowed 45.3 points per game in those contests. It is very hard to win games that way.
We can quibble over the placement, especially considering UConn isn’t included on the same list, but when you give up as many points as we do, it’s gonna get noticed. Not to mention that the 504.2 yards per game that our defense is allowing is 122nd in the nation, ahead of just six schools, none of them P5.
However deep you’ve dug to survive as a Syracuse football fan so far, you’re just gonna have to dig a little bit deeper for now. Sorry.