We are living in a special time: The Syracuse Orange are ranked 22nd in the AP Poll (24th in the Coaches Poll), 6-2 before November, and going bowling. Orange Nation is understandably excited and prognosticators will now be looking at Syracuse every week in bowl watches going forward.
But where do we want to go? It seems odd that a fan base who has not played in a bowl since 2013 is demanding locations, but Syracuse is in a unique spot: There is a bowl in our state in the epicenter of our alumni base with a conference tie-in that all but assures a spot for the Orange should bowl eligibility happen. Are we okay with “a bowl is a bowl?” Or do we prescribe to the Bill C. line of logic that is a bowl should be a celebration of the weird and uniqueness of college football’s landscape? Our TNIAAM Football crew has #TAEKS.
Which bowl game do you want to see featuring the Orange?
Brandon Ross: I think once Syracuse is relegated beyond the Camping World Bowl, then there is no doubt left that they’re getting put in the Pinstripe Bowl. The market there for Orange alumni will be far too strong to ignore. However, should Syracuse finish 4th in the ACC, the Camping World Bowl would be good for the team. SU has always loved recruiting Florida and a bowl game down in Orlando would do wonders for leaving a footprint among some recruits that may be tougher to get to the Carrier Dome than some of the Orange’s tri-state recruits.
Kevin Wall: I am going to say Pinstripe Bowl because it accomplishes a few things. It should give the Orange a Big Ten opponent which certainly draws more eyes towards the game. Playing in NYC is probably boring to a lot of people, but it’s an easy destination for Syracuse fans which means the athletic department can actually make money and not have to buy unsold tickets. The other benefit of being in NYC is to continue to reinforce the fact that Syracuse has flown past Rutgers and that should help the recruiting of players from the Tri-State area.
Matt McClusky: Since Syracuse is going bowling and is ranked, I’m going to go with a whole college football first-world problem: I’m sick of the Pinstripe Bowl. Now, to be perfectly clear, I would have no problem with the Orange playing at Yankee Stadium again. In fact, I might even drag my wife and son to the game this time should it come to fruition. We’ve just been there two often (two of the last three bowl trips). This Syracuse “rebirth” should be different, right? There’s a “been there and done that” feel to the Pinstripe, but any of the other ACC tie-ins would be new and exciting. The Dino Babers era seems destined for bigger and better starting now. Why not go with the Sun Bowl or the Camping World Bowl this year and, what the hell, the Fiesta Bowl next season?
John Cassillo: First off, Syracuse has virtually zero chance to go anywhere but the Pinstripe if they fall short of nine wins. Even if Clemson AND Notre Dame make the Playoff, that leaves two games (Peach/Fiesta and Camping World) before we get to the next bowl tier for the ACC, which includes the Pinstripe. The Pinstripe’s a good bowl with a hefty payout and it’s near our fan base. But something like the Sun Bowl or Music City Bowl just feel like they have more cache in terms of external perception. So let’s aim to win the perception battle, and go to one of those instead. I have much less of a preference which than normal, because I don’t have much of a chance to go to the game this year.
Andy Pregler: I can confidently report that before the football season started, the Pinstripe Bowl had talked with Syracuse University staff and expressed a desire to have the Orange back in the Bronx for the Pinstripe Bowl. The worst kept secret is the desire for ‘Cuse to be active in the Metro-NYC market via athletics, but they get their shot in November with a week of basketball and football. Bowls should be fun and unique experiences, and in my humble opinion, the best tie-in opportunity is with the Music City Bowl. The Orange would match up with an SEC opponent in a location with easy flights from Syracuse and NYC. The Orange would have a unique chance to create a take over of one of the hottest cities in the country, and I’d be there in a heartbeat.
Where do you want the Orange to go Bowling? A reminder: you can let ‘Cuse know your preferences by clicking the link in the Tweet above!