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Syracuse football schedule: Orange will face Purdue in 2022, 2023

Future schedules coming together and I (of course) have some thoughts...

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It’s been a while since the Syracuse Orange announced any major additions to future football schedules, so in theory, it’s nice that we received on today:

The Orange will host the Big Ten’s Purdue Boilermakers in 2022, and then make a return trip to West Lafayette, Ind. in 2023. Perhaps surprisingly, Syracuse and Purdue have only faced each other once before — a 51-0 Boilermaker win at home in 2004. These future game dates, as noted above: September 17, 2022 in Syracuse and then September 16, 2023 at Purdue.

For the Orange, that’s the third non-conference game for 2022, along with the Ohio Bobcats (home) and Notre Dame Fighting Irish (home) — so that could end up being four home non-conference games that season if No. 4 is an FCS opponent (likely). Purdue is only the second non-conference opponent for 2023, with the other being Army. That should potentially put to rest the idea that Army counts as a Power Five opponent, though if they do (SU has told me yes, though the ACC’s never stated as much), that means we’re doubling up in both 2022 and 2023.

Overall, adding Purdue is fine. Don’t love stacking two definite P5 foes in 2022 but the Boilermakers’ schedule is pretty stacked already through the rest of next decade, with Virginia Tech (2023), Oregon State (2021 and 2024), Notre Dame (2024-27) and Wake Forest (2026 and 2028). So if we were facing Purdue at all next decade, those were the most likely years.

This is what happens when the sport schedules out too far AND you don’t try to get ahead of things yourself. With luck, we’re on the upward trajectory anyway, and perhaps Jeff Brohm’s moved onto greener pastures (though after last week’s loss to Eastern Michigan, perhaps he’s welcome to stay).

Syracuse’s future non-conference foes, for those looking for a refresher on the 2020s:

2019: at Liberty, at Maryland, Western Michigan, Holy Cross

2020: at Rutgers, Liberty

2021: Albany, Rutgers, Liberty

2022: Ohio, Purdue, Notre Dame

2023: Army, Purdue

2024: at Army

2025: at Army, Notre Dame

2026: at Army, at Notre Dame