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What’s college football saying about Syracuse after week 9?


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NCAA Football: North Carolina State at Syracuse Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Obviously the only website you read is TNIAAM. But did you know other websites also exist? And they have opinions about our football team, too!

Each week, we’ll take a look at what those other college football media sites are saying about the Syracuse Orange. You’ve seen the AP and Coaches polls, so let’s take a look at what everyone else is saying.

S&P+ Rankings (SBNation)

Syracuse only moves up one spot to 51st right between the Buffalo Bulls and South Carolina Gamecocks. The Orange’s next opponent the Wake Forest Demon Deacons sit in the 88th spot.

Also from SBNation, is Spencer Hall’s Top Whatever which includes this Syracuse note

It is time to prepare yourselves for a full-bore Playoff crisis involving Notre Dame, is what we are saying. It might also be time to prepare yourself for “Syracuse is a quality loss” as an argument, because the Notre Dame defense will give up serious yardage at times. This is also saying that Syracuse is the last, best hope between the world and Notre Dame getting housed by Alabama for the second time in a decade.

Power Rankings: ESPN

Syracuse moves back into the top 25 Power Rankings at the 22nd slot.

How close is Syracuse to being unbeaten right now? The Orange’s only two losses were both on the road, in overtime to Pitt and to No. 2 Clemson in a game that Syracuse led most of the way. After losing seasons in his first two years at Syracuse, Dino Babers has the Orange in line for a bowl game in Year 3, and they’re scoring points in bunches after Eric Dungey accounted for four touchdowns in holding off the Wolfpack.

The Orange slides up three spots to 4th in the ACC rankings by ESPN one spot behind the Boston College Eagles

The Orange are winning wild shootouts, but does that even matter? This team is fun to watch and now bowl eligible for the first time since 2013.

To answer your question ESPN, nope it doesnt.’s Chris Carlson jumps the Orange up to 3rd in his ACC Power Rankings this week while Wake Forest sits at 13th. If Syracuse wants to stay in the conversation for the spot behind the Clemson Tigers they can make a statement on the road Saturday.

Syracuse has split its last four games, which have been decided by an average of six points and included three overtime periods. The Orange has shown it can play with anybody, including Clemson, but has also struggled to get comfortable separation against peer schools.

CBS Sports’ 1-130 pushes Syracuse up twenty-nine (Shoutout Antwan Bailey) spots up to 23rd right behind the Virginia Cavaliers and just ahead of the Washington Huskies.

The Athletic pushes the Orange up nineteen spots to 20th in their rankings this week and Chris Villani led off the article noting that Syracuse is turning the corner.

Syracuse is following Babers’ typical trajectory, even if it’s a year later than normal. He went 7-5 in his first year at Eastern Illinois, followed by 12-2 in Year 2. He went 8-6 in his first year at Bowling Green, then 10-3 in Year 2.