As if college football needed another reason to just rank things all the time, the sport’s 150th anniversary provides one just the same. The big one today is the 50 best college football programs of all-time — though with the extra wrinkle that this is across various levels so as to avoid being just a straight-up list of who’s won the most.
As a result, the Syracuse Orange aren’t on there, but the same can be said for various other Power Five programs with at least a semi-successful history. Miami (Ohio) and Central Michigan ARE on there, however, which begs questions of the methodology to some extent.
But that criticism aside, where does Syracuse actually rank if we’re looking at the numbers and trying to normalize for recency, etc?
The Orange are 30th in wins across Division I, II and III, and 22nd if you’re just looking at FBS squads. They’re 45th in bowl berths and tied for 26th in bowl wins. SU has won a national title and five conference championships (all since 1996). They’ve also seen some of the best players ever suit up for the team.
As we know, however, the highs for Syracuse have been high, but also infrequent. Beyond the impressive run from the 1950s through most of the 1960s, the late 1980s to late 1990s stretch and this past season, it’s a lot of average football. That doesn’t mean SU’s bad. It just means they’re a program that hasn’t had the same sustained success as some others, nor the recency others have displayed either.
I’d personally put Syracuse somewhere near 40ish, but there are probably cases to be made about them being both higher and lower than that mark. But what do you think? Feel free to share your own ranking and/or methodology below.
Syracuse freshman Quincy Guerrier shows why he’s ahead of the curve (Syracuse.com)
“College is a physical game,” said Adrian Autry, Guerrier’s position coach and primary recruiter. “Most freshmen struggle with the physicality of it. I think he’s ahead of the curve because he is already physically big and strong. Now, for him, it’s to make the reads and the speed. ost high school kids – they gotta adjust to three or four things: physicality, speed and the reads.”
Babers out to prove last year was no fluke for Syracuse football program (AP)
Redshirt sophomore Tommy DeVito is ready to step in. He’s accumulated more experience than most backups, having taken first-string snaps two straight springs and last summer in place of Dungey, who was nursing injuries. “It’s just fun knowing that everyone’s kind of looking at you to be the guy,” said the strong-armed DeVito, who is working on adding touch to his throws.
ACC Network Deal with Charter/Spectrum is Big Piece of Carriage Puzzle (TVREV)
The ACC’s work isn’t done here, obviously, with some big fish still out there. But with the carriers they already have signed on and an emphasis on national distribution (pushing the bigger streaming options helps as it presents easy alternatives for customers to switch if their carrier doesn’t sign on), it seems like the conference is in a strong position to be on a ton of TVs this fall.
College football turns 150: All-Time All-America team features the game’s greatest ever (CBS Sports)
RB: Doak Walker (SMU), Walter Payton (Jackson State), Jim Brown (Syracuse), Red Grange (Illinois), Tony Dorsett (Pittsburgh), Reggie Bush (USC)
Outrageous College Football Predictions for the ACC in 2019 (Athlon Sports)
Clemson nearly lost to Syracuse last season and did lose to the Orange in 2017. Now the Tigers return to the Carrier Dome to face a Dino Babers-coached squad that is looking to make a statement on a national stage. The Loud House will be rocking when the champs come to town. Look for the Orange to pull off the stunner in a shootout.
Syracuse football recruiting: 3-star WR Antonio Barber releases Top 5 (Syracuse.com)
Searching for next Lincoln Riley? Contrary to latest hiring trend, college football likely headed in new direction (Yahoo Sports)
2020 NFL Draft prospects from the ACC: Clemson players lead the way, starting with Tee Higgins and Travis Etienne (CBS Sports)
The 50 best college football programs over 150 years (ESPN)