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Kevin Wall is a Disloyal Idiot

(Kevin is neither disloyal, nor an idiot, but he does need to dream bigger)

Listen, Kevin, I get it. Coming into the season, I predicted 3-9, so it would be pretty wild for me to look back at an eventual 6-6 season and find it to be a success, as you mentioned in your post: Syracuse Football: the next win will be the toughest.

But this is the time to dream bigger.

Syracuse is 5-0 for just the fourth time in program history. What happened in those other three 5-0 starts?

  • 1987 - 10-0-1, finished 4th in the AP Poll
  • 1960 - 7-2, finished 17th in the AP Poll
  • 1959 - 11-0, finished 1st in the AP Poll, national champions
Let's take a jump back in time to that magical 1987 team and look at the parallels.

Syracuse won 5 games in the previous season. Dick MacPherson was on the hot seat. Don Mcpherson was coming off a season where he completed 52.8 percent of his passes and had 12 TDs to 7 INTs. He also added 6 TDs on the ground.

Now flash ahead to 2022.

Syracuse won 5 games in the previous season. Dino Babers was on the hot seat. Garrett Shrader was coming off a season where he completed 52.6 percent of his passes and had 9 TDs to 4 INTs. He also added 14 TDs on the ground.

Now back to 1987 again.

The season started promising. They beat a mediocre Maryland team from the ACC that would finish below .500 but would pull off some OK wins against Virginia, West Virginia, Wake Forest and Duke. Then Syracuse blew out a sad Independent Rutgers on the road. They crushed an overmatched MAC team in Miami (OH) and went on the road to beat Virginia Tech and Missouri. Neither team would finish above .500 but they would be considered low level P5 wins today.

How about 2022?

The season started promising. They beat a mediocre Louisville team from the ACC that might finish below .500 but has already shown they can beat good teams like Florida State. Then Syracuse blew out a sad Independent UConn on the road. They crushed an overmatched Wagner and survived some scares from Purdue and Virginia. Neither team is a world beater, but they are at worst low-level P5 wins, with Purdue likely better than that.

After going 5-0, the 1987 team was ranked in the AP poll for the first time. It was a tentative ranking at 17. No one really believed they were national title contenders at this point. They hadn't beaten anyone amazing yet, and they looked good, but they would probably come back to earth.

After going 5-0, the 2022 team was ranked in the AP poll for the first time. It was a tentative ranking at 22. No one really believed they were national title contenders at this point. They hadn't beaten anyone amazing yet, and they looked good, but they would probably come back to earth.

The 6th game in 1987 was the real first test. They hosted Penn State, who was ranked ahead of the Orange (#10), despite already having a loss to a southern powerhouse, Alabama. When the Orange crushed the Nittany Lions 48-21, the narrative flipped and suddenly Syracuse was a top 10 team and a contender.

The 6th game in 2022 was the real first test. They hosted NC State, who was ranked ahead of the Orange (#14), despite already having a loss to a southern powerhouse, Clemson. When the Orange crush the Wolfpack, the narrative will flip and suddenly Syracuse will be a top 10 team and a contender.

Will history repeat itself again? Who knows ... but if we're not going to dream big now, when can we ever do it?