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Syracuse Football opens on the road for the fourth straight season

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The Orange have taken the road more traveled for opening week

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 24 Syracuse at Boston College Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

That’s right folks it’s everyone’s favorite Syracuse Orange football topic- scheduling. This time we’re not talking about future schedules but did you know that when Syracuse starts the 2021 season against the Ohio Bobcats this will mark the fourth straight season that the Orange have opened up on the road?

We might give Syracuse a little reprieve for last year as the adjusted ACC schedule was out of the school’s control. However, since 2010 the Orange have chosen to open with two road games four times. Syracuse doesn’t have a game scheduled for the 2022 opening weekend which means they will likely start with an ACC game. If the conference sends them on the road that would make it a fifth season with two road games to begin the year which is rare for a P5 football program. The Orange also have Purdue and Notre Dame on the schedule next year so it would be wise for John Wildhack to be really aggressive in getting that opening week game in the Dome.

The reason we talk about scheduling so much around here is because this isn’t helping Syracuse in comparison to the schools many consider our peers in the Atlantic Division (and Pitt our annual Coastal “rival”). Take a look at who those teams have played during their non-conference schedule.

ACC OOC Schedules

Season Syracuse Boston College Duke NC St Pitt Wake Forest
Season Syracuse Boston College Duke NC St Pitt Wake Forest
2013 Penn State (N) @Northwestern Wagner Tulane Villanova @USC Army @New Mexico St NC Central @Memphis Troy Navy Louisiana Tech Richmond Central Michigan East Carolina New Mexico Old Dominion @Navy Notre Dame Presbyterian La-Monroe @Army @Vanderbilt
2014 Villanova @Central Michigan Maryland Notre Dame (N) UMass (N) Maine USC Colorado St Elon @Troy Kansas Tulane Georgia Southern Old Dominion @USF Presbyterian Delaware @FIU Iowa Akron @La-Monroe Gardner-Webb @Utah State Army
2015 Rhode Island Central Michigan LSU @USF Maine Howard N. Illinois Notre Dame (N) @ Tulane NC Central Northwestern @Army Troy Eastern Kentucky @Old Dominion @South Alabama Youngstown St @Akron @Iowa Notre Dame Elon @Army Indiana @Notre Dame
2016 Colgate USF @UConn Notre Dame (N) @UMass Wagner Buffalo UConn NC Central @Northwestern @Notre Dame Army William & Mary @East Carolina Old Dominion Notre Dame Villanova Penn State @Okla State Marshall Tulane Delaware @Indiana Army
2017 Central Conn. Middle Tenn Central Michigan @LSU @N. Illinois Notre Dame Central Michigan UConn (N) NC Central Northwestern Baylor @Army South Carolina (N) Marshall Furman @ND Youngstown St @Penn State Oklahoma State Rice Presbyterian Utah State @App State @Notre Dame
2018 @Western Michigan Wagner UConn Notre Dame (N) UMass Holy Cross @Purdue Temple Army @Northwestern @Baylor NC Central James Madison Georgia State @Marshall East Carolina Albany Penn State @UCF @Notre Dame @Tulane Towson Notre Dame Rice
2019 @Liberty @Maryland Holy Cross Western Michigan Richmond Kansas @Rutgers @Notre Dame Alabama (N) North Carolina A&T @Middle Tenn Notre Dame (N) East Carolina Western Carolina @WVU Ball State Ohio @Penn State UCF Delaware Utah St @Rice UNC Elon
2020 Liberty Texas St Charlotte Liberty Austin Peay Campbell
2021 @Ohio Rutgers Albany Liberty Colgate @UMass @Temple Missouri @Charlotte North Carolina A&T Northwestern Kansas USF @Miss St Furman Louisiana Tech UMass @Tennessee Western Michigan New Hampshire Old Dominion Norfolk State @Army @North Carolina
Home 20 21 20 24 23 20
Road 9 9 11 8 10 13
Neutral 4 3 2 1 0 0
OOC Games 33 33 33 33 33 33
P5 Opponents (Includes ND) 10 9 12 5 12 8

From the time the Orange joined the ACC in 2013 the other teams on this list have opened with four road games against non-conference opponents in total. BC has played two (Northern Illinois and UMass) and this year Duke will play it’s second when they go to Charlotte after having played at Tulane to open up 2015 (Duke also opened against Alabama in a neutral site game which is definitely a choice the head coach didn’t make).

This isn’t to excuse the Orange’s struggles in the win-loss column but it is to illustrate why we make it such a point that Syracuse hasn’t done the program any favors since joining the ACC (and we could extend that back to the Marrone era scheduling as well). For all the investment in the Dome renovations and to the football staff it’s imperative that the administration helps Dino Babers out by letting the team build some early momentum in the beginning of the season.

If the administration is too concerned with competing against the New York State Fair during Labor Day weekend, then maybe they could schedule their own 90’s act to appear in a free post-game concert. I bet you Skid Row or Bell Biv Devoe would be ready for that call.