Ask and you shall receive, apparently.
Exactly one week after we mentioned that the 2020 football schedule didn’t have many options and that the Western Michigan Broncos were on the short list, it appears the Syracuse Orange have gone ahead and locked them in, according to the Athletic’s Matt Fortuna.
Update, per FBSchedules: Syracuse will travel to WMU on September 26, 2020, which means week one will definitely be an ACC road game against either Clemson or Boston College. For 2023, the Broncos will head to the Dome on September 9 (week two).
Syracuse and Western Michigan faced one another for the first time in 2018 — a wild, 55-42 victory in Kalamazoo, Mich. They’ll add the other end of that home-and-home series this fall at the Carrier Dome on September 21.
With WMU added, that completes the 2020 non-conference slate, and also gets us three quarters of the way there on 2023. Syracuse will visit Rutgers and Western Michigan in 2020, while playing Colgate and Liberty at the Dome. In 2023, they’re hosting Army and Western Michigan, and heading on the road to Purdue. The final opponent will probably be an FCS team.
Looking at the rest of near-term future slates: Syracuse’s 2021 schedule is already complete (at Ohio, Rutgers, Liberty, Albany). The 2022 schedule is half done with Purdue and Notre Dame at home.
We cool with WMU? I think whether the #MethodCat Tim Lester’s there or not, it’s fine to face the Broncos given the circumstances, and because we recruit Michigan a bit. It’s weird we’ll play Western Michigan more times (four) than every non-Pitt Coastal Division team from 2018-2023, but... that’s the ACC divisional alignment for you.