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Syracuse football’s brief history with 4-5 starts

There haven’t been many, especially in the modern era.

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At 4-5 on the season, the Syracuse Orange’s bowl hopes hang in the balance this weekend against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.

Appropriately, Hoya Suxa puts those (non-APR) bowl eligibility odds at about 44 percent at the moment. But if we’re to consult the program’s history of starting 4-5, it’s lower than that.

Yes, I’m aware that prior results have no effect on future returns.

Since 1960, Syracuse has started 4-5 just eight times — most recently this year. In the previous occurrences, they’ve rallied to make a bowl game just once, the fabled 2012 team that should’ve probably been in the Orange Bowl. They’d finish 8-5 while taking home the Pinstripe Bowl title for the second time in three seasons.

But the rest? Interesting, all but one managed to pull off at least one more victory on the season. Last year’s 4-8 team is actually the lone exception there.

But the 1980 and 1972 squads both managed to go 5-6 during their respective 11-game seasons. The 1962 squad ended up 5-5.

There were fewer bowls then, so they didn’t receive postseason invites. Though I’m sure they would’ve said yes to the Oldsmobile Energy Shortage Bowl back then if there was one.

On top of those five-win squads, the 1983 and 1977 teams each respectively rallied to win their final two games and go 6-5. They’d also go bowl-less. But again, not a problem we’d have to worry abut at the six-win plateau.

This article wasn’t necessarily meant to make you feel better, nor was it made to make you feel worse either, though. So perhaps you’re back at neutral now? With three games to go Dino Babers may still have a few tricks up his sleeve. Personally, I’m willing to express faith that we’re making a bowl game until we clinch failing to do so.