When looking at the Syracuse Orange’s current bowl projections, there are pretty much three options laid out: Peach/Fiesta, Camping World or Pinstripe. That said, there may be a fourth option that we haven’t yet discussed at length: the College Football Playoff.
On Tuesday, Sports Illustrated’s Lorenzo Arguello broke down the convoluted path for the Orange to make the top four. No, it’s not necessarily an easy one at all, though it does start with Syracuse obviously beating both Notre Dame and Boston College. One would assume we’d probably have to best the Irish by a reasonable amount too, just to up our chances.
I’ll let the article spell out the rest of the scenario, but it does involve a long list of losses around the top 10 — something that is unlikely, sure, but far from impossible. Just know that the final result spits out Alabama, Clemson, the Big 12 winner and Syracuse in the CFP. So that “We Want Bama” sign from weeks ago? Welp, maybe you’ll get your wish, you deranged lunatic...
Also, great to have SU captaining #TeamChaos this weekend. Hello to all of the new “fans” that have jumped aboard to ride with us in our quest to blow up a chalky postseason picture.
That, plus the rest of your Syracuse-related links below:
With Little Playoff Rankings Movement Expected, It’s Worth Considering a Truly Crazy Scenario (Sports Illustrated)
The resulting final four would likely be: 1. Alabama, 2. Clemson, 3. Big 12 champion Oklahoma or West Virginia, 4. Syracuse. Such a ridiculous end to the season is very much of the “So you’re telling me there’s a chance?” variety, but it’s already really cold in Central New York so let’s give fans up there a little more to root for.
No, Syracuse football did not move Notre Dame game to Yankee Stadium (Syracuse.com)
Syracuse football will play Notre Dame on Saturday afternoon in the Bronx. Before you bang on the keyboard sending emails laced with outrage excoriating Syracuse Athletic Director John Wildhack or gripe in the comment section here, there is one minor detail to note. Syracuse did not move this game from the Carrier Dome to Yankee Stadium. Let’s repeat that: Syracuse did not move this game from the Carrier Dome to Yankee Stadium.
Syracuse football: Dino Babers ‘hoping’ to have CBs Bradshaw, Melifonwu for Notre Dame (Syracuse.com)
The Orange has been without redshirt freshman cornerback Ifeatu Melifonwu for the last two-plus games due to a hamstring injury. Junior corner Scoop Bradshaw left the team’s 54-23 win over Louisville on Friday with his arm in a sling. ”I’m hoping to have both of them (for Notre Dame),” Babers said at his Monday press conference.
If you’re bored with 2018 college football, that’s your fault (SB Nation)
To review Syracuse’s delightful 2018 in three easy points: 1. Has eight wins for the first time since 2012, with three games left. 2. Got Bobby Petrino canned. 3. Has this quarterback: (grape soda gif). Someone should get rightfully ticked when someone says this year in college football has been boring. A quarterback who pours grape soda all over himself is leading the Orange to what might be their best season this century. If you’re bored, that’s your fault.
Syracuse football recruiting: 4-star LB Mikel Jones ‘very high’ on SU after visit (Syracuse.com)
“They’re still very high,” Jones said of Syracuse via Twitter direct message. “This visit really helped in terms of getting a feel of how it would be if I decide to go there.” The 6-foot-1, 217-pound Jones is rated four stars and the No. 19 outside linebacker in the Class of 2019 by 247Sports.com’s composite rankings. In addition to the Orange, his offer sheet includes Clemson, Georgia, West Virginia, Auburn, Ole Miss and Kentucky, among others.
The Playoff race might lack drama, but the New Year’s 6 race has some! (SB Nation)
New crop of forwards bolster Syracuse frontcourt (Daily Orange)
Rethinking the future of the Shamrock Series and why the Syracuse game got shifted (NDInsider)
Schine Student Center renovations to begin in May (Daily Orange)
Sources: Reps for Carmelo Anthony exploring possible landing spots (ESPN)
How Notre Dame’s D-line became so dominant (ESPN)