Ed. Note -- As has become tradition, TNIAAM writers will spend the week telling you why this year’s Syracuse football team will finish with a specific record. Predictions have gotten better as we progress, so hopefully you’re done being huffy by now.
Monday: 3-9 (John)
Tuesday: 4-8 (Kevin)
Wednesday: 5-7 (Brandon)
Thursday: 6-6 (Andy)
Friday: 7-5 (This guy Sean)
Hi TNIAAM readers. First time, long time. Or, I suppose, first time in a long time. Honestly I don’t know why we even bother with these things. Everyone knows that the Syracuse Orange football team has finished 4-8 every year since 1948. That’s why they call it The Legend of 48.
Everyone knows that Syracuse will fail to go to a bowl game once more this season. What this blog post presupposes is... maybe we won’t? And here’s how...
at Western Michigan Broncos: Can a team coming off three-straight 4-8 seasons open the season with a trap game? Syracuse has a sketchy recent history when former Orange coaches line up against them and we’re going to have to deal with XFL Legend Timmy Lester staring back at us. Throw in the fact that its a MAC road game and this spells doom. And yet, although it’s not going to be pretty, and things are probably going to come down to a questionable call that goes in our favor, we’re walking out of Kalamazoo with a win. W, (1-0) (0-0)
Wagner Seahawks: Assuming (and it’s a big assumption) Eric Dungey is still fully operational at this point, the Wagner Seahawks are going to regret this bus ride. At least they’ll get some good Sheraton points out of the trip. W, (2-0) (0-0)
Florida State Seminoles: No one’s quite sure what to make of Florida State this season and if there was ever a chance for Syracuse to pull off the upset, this would be it. In true Syracuse form, that’s why we don’t it. Syracuse never does things easy. You know that by now. L, (2-1) (0-1)
Connecticut Huskies: It’s nice to see Syracuse schedule teams that recently transitioned from FCS to the FBS level. It’s a kind thing to do, even if we’re going to beat them. Good for the Huskies, maybe they’ll make something of themselves one day. W, (3-1) (0-1)
at Clemson Tigers: So here’s the thing. Dino Babers has upped himself each season with a marquee win. In Year One, he beat a ranked Virginia Tech team when no one expected us to. Last year, he led us to victory over No. 2 Clemson in a mega-upset. Naturally, the next level is to pull off a monumental upset on the road. This would be the perfect time and place to do it. But...I can’t. I just can’t pull the trigger on this. Sorry. L, (3-2) (0-2)
at Pittsburgh Panthers: Regardless of how this shakes out, we need another one of those epic scoring showdowns. What a weird-ass game that was, right? This series needs more of that. Also, it needs more Syracuse wins. W, (4-2) (1-2)
North Carolina Tar Heels: Larry Fedora has the entire United States Army behind him for this one so it’s going to be a real battle of wills. The fate and masculinity hangs in the balance. Syracuse wins and now has control over the Space Force. W, (5-2) (2-2)
N.C. State Wolfpack: “Is this NC State’s year?” Trick question, every year is NC State’s year. Except this year. And most years. It would be very Syracuse to lose this game...and that’s exactly why we’re going to win it. Not just that, you’re going to look at the team’s record and start talking yourself into a College Football Playoff spot. You’re an insane person but god bless you. W, (6-2) (3-2)
at Wake Forest Demon Deacons: But you know what’s VERY Syracuse? Being on the brink of something truly special and shitting the bed against an opponent you should be able to beat, even the road. Syracuse is also not allowed to win four games in a row according to ACC bylaws, so there’s that too. L, (6-3) (3-3)
Louisville Cardinals: Bobby Petrino’s got a real bug up his butt about Dino Babers and the Syracuse offense. We all remember #Chaingazi from a few years ago. He got his revenge last year thanks to Lamar Jackson doing Lamar Jackson things. Lamar is gone now and while beating Louisville isn’t an epic win like beating Clemson, it’s going to feel pretty good this time around. W, (7-3) (4-3)
Notre Dame Fighting Irish: God, I really want to beat Notre Dame and their dumb Yankees uniforms. But we probably won’t, because we don’t win non-Pinstripe Bowl games in the NYC/NJ area. I will say, though, since I have the soapbox, it’s a damn shame that Syracuse is a footnote in this game. All anyone is going to talk about is Notre Dame and the New York Yankees, who aren’t even playing in this game. They could be playing anyone. Let us agree once and for all that #BRAND work in NYC was a dud and stop playing games like this — and in large part, we have since this is a “road” date. What have these games ever done for us as a program? (You didn’t think you’d get through this without me complaining about the NY’s College Team branding, did you?) L, (7-4) (4-3)
at Boston College Eagles: If AJ Dillon is healthy and lined up against us, we’re not winning this game. Sorry. Bummer of a way to end the season but whattyagonnado? L, (7-5) (4-4)
The good news? We’re off to the Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit! Better just get used to the idea. 6-6, 7-5, that’s where we end up. Buy your plane ticket now (do not buy your plane ticket now).
Since I’ve got you, I want to make a deal with you guys. I’m currently raising money for Habitat for Humanity Chicago to help put a single mom and her daughter in a new home later this year. As of writing this, I’ve raised $189.88 and I would love to get that number way up so we can hit our goal. So here’s the deal...
If you can help me get to $250, I promise to attend the 2018 Quick Lane Bowl if Syracuse plays in it. I will be there to root Syracuse on against a 6-6 Indiana team no matter what.
However, if you can help me get to $500, I promise to attend ANY bowl game that Syracuse plays in 2018 (or, god-willing, January 2019). Whether it’s a freezing bowl game in Detroit, New York, or Washington, D.C., I will be there.
UPDATE: You guys killed it and we blew past the $500 goal. So let’s up the ante. If we hit $1,000, I will do a song & dance with Otto at the game. I’m sure he’d be up for it.
If you can help out, I would greatly appreciate it. Even if it’s just $4.44 (because I know you people), that helps. Thanks! And G’ORANGE!