The Syracuse Orange fell to Florida State this past weekend, and now face a perilous road to bowl eligibility at 4-5. It’s far from impossible, however, and the schedule definitely yields wins if we can focus enough to earn them on the field.
So how’d Syracuse’s opponents fare in week 10? And how might that affect SU going forward? We take a quick look...
Central Connecticut State Blue Devils (6-3, 4-0)
Result: 28-10 win over St. Francis
After a rocky 0-3 start to the season, CCSU has themselves on the right track in the Northeast Conference. They’re 6-0 over the last seven weeks (including a bye in there too), and this weekend’s win may have been the most impressive yet. They held onto the ball for over 37 minutes and powered past St. Francis on the ground to win in the fourth.
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (4-5, 2-3)
Result: 30-3 win over UTEP
In Brent Stockstill’s first action since the Syracuse game, the QB threw for 190 yards and three touchdowns. UTEP’s bad, sure. But the Blue Raiders had been struggling quite a bit without Stockstill and the bounceback effort could mean a lot toward them making a bowl game now.
Central Michigan Chippewas (5-4, 3-2)
Result: 35-28 win over Western Michigan
CMU’s season hasn’t been all that great, but against rival WMU this past week, things certainly turned around quickly. The Chips turned the Broncos over four times, pulled together a very balanced offense and put bowl eligibility very much back on the table. The MAC West is probably out of the question, but a six-win bar is no small task.
LSU Tigers (6-3, 3-2)
Result: 24-10 loss to Alabama
LSU played well enough against the Tide on Saturday, though that didn’t do much to stop the typical smothering most teams suffer through against ‘Bama. The Tigers offense was effective, but simply couldn’t turn that production into points. Letting Alabama get a 14-3 lead at the half is a poor strategy as well.
N.C. State Wolfpack (6-3, 4-1)
Result: 38-31 loss to Clemson
Ryan Finley’s string of not throwing interceptions ended last week, but this week added insult to injury with two more. NC State’s passing game attacked Clemson in the right ways, and Kelvin Harmon also had a huge game with 155 yards receiving. There are some referee complaints (there always are in the ACC) that sully this result a bit, I guess. That said, State fell and is now a Clemson win away from being eliminated from Atlantic contention.
Pittsburgh Panthers (4-5. 2-3)
Result: Bye week
Clemson Tigers (8-1, 6-1)
Result: 38-31 win over NC State
Looking at the other side of the game mentioned above, Clemson leaned on the ground game to push past NC State, along with the two aforementioned turnovers. The box score shows the Pack were the stronger team in many ways. It’s the Tigers’ defense that did just enough to help get the much-needed victory.
Miami Hurricanes (8-0, 6-0)
Result: 28-10 win over Virginia Tech
First: Syracuse hung with Miami more than Virginia Tech could. That’s great and exasperating. After weeks of going down to the wire with lesser foes, the ‘Canes completely wiped out Virginia Tech’s offense and seemingly turned them over at will. That doesn’t mean Miami was without faults of its own (and those may come up later). They were just good enough to make those errors not matter.
Wake Forest Demon Deacons (5-4, 2-3)
Result: 48-37 loss to Notre Dame
Wake Forest used a strong second half to stick around with Notre Dame, but really, the Irish had this game all along. The surprisingly strong Deacons passing game accounted for 348 yards, and they added 238 on the ground. Still, they allowed over 700 yards of offense to Notre Dame. Sure, the Irish amass those differently than Syracuse does. But that should give us a glimmer of hope.
Louisville Cardinals (5-4, 2-4)
Result: Bye week
Boston College (5-4, 3-3)
Result: Bye week
Week 10 opponent W-L: 6-3
2017 total W-L: 65-41