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Syracuse gets an early college football top 25 mention?

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NCAA Football: Boston College at Syracuse Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

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Sam McKweon’s Way-Too-Early College Football Top 25 for 2018 (Omaha World-Herald)

No. 25 Syracuse: The Orange finished 4-8 last year, but it was the kind of 4-8 that can be quickly turned around. Coach Dino Babers has a young roster and a dynamic offense. Syracuse will be 2018’s version of 2017 Iowa State. Watch that game against Notre Dame in Yankee Stadium. The Cuse can win it.

Syracuse basketball defense struggling late in games (

The problem for SU was it couldn’t get any stops late. In the last five minutes of the last three games opponents are shooting 64.7 percent from the field and 100 percent from the 3-point line (OK, Wake Forest is the only team to take a 3-pointer in the last five minutes, but they made it and Notre Dame and Virginia didn’t take any 3s).

Hopkins Brings New Energy, Defense to Washington (The Daily UW)

Much of Washington’s success this year is due to the 2-3 zone. Syracuse’s (and now Hopkins’) well-known defensive scheme has completely changed the way the UW plays defense. Washington now leads its conference in steals per game as junior guard Matisse Thybulle stakes his claim as one of the top defenders in the country.

Houston, Syracuse the first offers for 2019 WR Ke’Andre Street (247Sports)

“From Syracuse, I talk to coach (Dino) Babers, the head coach,” said the 6-foot-3, 195-pound Street, who got the Orange offer Dec. 17. “He likes my game and I’m the type of receiver he looks for being big and physical, and knowing how to run routes and get open.”

Syracuse remains 10-seed in ESPN Bracketology (ESPN)

NCAA Clears Western Kentucky’s Moustapaha Diagne (FanRag Sports)

Dion Waiters’ ability to continue playing this season comes into question (Miami Herald)

SEC, ACC schools pull ahead for 2019 CB Shelmar Melvin (247Sports)

Cleveland Browns: Change team’s name, preserve city’s pride (Cleveland Plain-Dealer)