No matter how it happened, the Syracuse Orange defeated the Western Michigan Broncos on Friday night, securing the first of six needed Gasparilla Stones. They even picked up a Jolly Roger flag!
So where do the mere mortals of this universe think we fare on the most noble of quests (FOR GASPARILLA)?
ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura: Quick Lane Bowl vs Maryland Terrapins (New!)
SB Nation hasn’t updated their picks yet, so here’s what they (Jason Kirk) said last week:
SBNation Vegas Rankings: Quick Lane Bowl vs. Purdue Boilermakers
SBNation Fun Rankings: Quick Lane Bowl vs. Army Black Knights
#Disloyalidiots who updated their rankings, and continue to exclude Pirate-Hat-Wearing Dino include Sports Illustrated, 247 Sports, CBS Sports, College Football News and USA Today.
Finally, the Athletic, who had the Orange penciled into the San Francisco Bowl prior to the season, moved ‘Cuse up to #58 in their overall rankings. (Oh, and we annexed Kalamazoo in the imperialism map.)
Ultimately, nothing much is going to change until ‘Cuse wins a game they’re not S&P+ favorites in (hello, Florida State?), but we can continue to get excited as the team gasses up the bad boy mower for a hopeful postseason run.