The Syracuse Orange football team did not hurt their chances to complete their quest when they lost to Clemson this past Saturday night. However, we do not live in a world with rational perspective, and while Dino Babers trusts his map to lead him to a healthy part of this balanced breakfast, many prognosticators do not or continue to lower expectations for the Orange.
Independence Bowl, Shreveport, La.
Banner Society: vs. South Florida Bulls
Sporting News: vs. Colorado Buffaloes
College Football News: vs. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
Talk about your selection of boring ‘B’ animal mascots. None of these games really stands out from an interesting perspective, unless you’re really into some ugly Big East football highlights.
Military Bowl, Annapolis, Md.
Stadium: vs. Navy Midshipmen
ESPN’s Mark Schlabach: vs. Temple Owls
This bowl seems like an inevitable destination at some point for the Orange, given the alumni base and the University’s continued drive to be a leader in all things military services in higher ed. That said, I do not love the idea of playing a triple option team in any way, shape or form with this year’s team.
Belk Bowl, Charlotte, N.C,
CBS Sports: vs. Army Black Knights
247 Sports: vs. Kentucky Wildcats
And just like that, CBS still likes a New York State matchup between ‘Cuse and Army. Personally, I’d rather take on Kentucky, but any opponent in the Belk Bowl would be great as Charlotte is a much more desirable location that Shreveport, Louisiana for our alumni and recruiting bases.
As I’ve said before, as we’ve seen some stark reactions after the last two weeks, the next two weeks go a long way, as getting two wins would put the Orange halfway to a bowl and dramatically change outlooks nation wide.