Now that the 2017 Syracuse Orange football season is (mercifully) over, we can take a look back at our staff predictions -- both what we got right, and what we got horribly wrong. There was a little bit of both this year, as you’d imagine.
First up is the annual “why Syracuse will finish...” series, which usually has an article for 4-8, much to your chagrin. Kevin did the honors this year.
He starts off pretty accurately when explaining why 4-8 is the pick:
“To me it’s a combination of the schedule, depth concerns on the offensive and defensive lines, and the running game.”
Kevin also correctly picked close games at Miami and Florida State, but did give us wins over Boston College and Middle Tennessee.
But as for our real predictions, the highlights:
Injuries and depth issues, you say?
Andy Pregler (5-7)
Look, I think there's a solid chance that 6-6 is on the table. But that requires luck and health, something Syracuse football does not seem to have in spades going on past years. The team has so little depth at key positions, they're going to need to hope injuries are not a major factor through their gauntlet of an ACC schedule.
Steve knows his Syracuse...
Steve Haller (6-6)
This year I'm feeling ambitious. My head is screaming 5-7, losing the "swing" games at NC State and versus Pitt. My heart says Dino and Company find out how to stay healthy and let the offense settle in to a good spot, stealing one of those two for a 6-6 finish. Or they could do it the most Syracuse way possible, missing wins against those two and knocking off Clemson at home.
The Invisible Swordsman (6-6)
There is a signature win in there somewhere, and we're in for a hell of a ride regardless.
Kevin Wall (5-7)
If the Orange want to make a bowl game, I think a 3-0 start is a must.
This was true, even if we didn’t have the wins Michael thought.
Michael Lehr (6-6)
... the Orange head into the final three games needing two wins for a bowl guarantee.
Narrator’s voice: He didn’t.
Adam Hillman (6-6)
Hot take: Eric Dungey stays healthy for enough of the season to lead them to .500.
Well at least I got the Pitt game right.
John Cassillo (6-6)
That upset’s probably Pitt (who I always think is overrated, but especially think so this year), which would be a nice change of pace from our recent history with the Panthers.
Takeaway: We don’t know anything.