The Syracuse Orange (5-6, 1-6) wrap up the 2023 regular season with bowl eligibility on the line against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (4-7, 1-6). Can Nunzio Campanile deliver the Orange to the post-season? Here’s what we think will happen:
Kevin: Syracuse 23, Wake Forest 21
The Orange are playing for their former HC Dino Babers. They are playing for their current coaching staff. More importantly they are playing for each other, and I think this is a game where the leaders like LeQuint Allen, Marlowe Wax, Caleb Okechukwu and Dan Villari play their best games of the season and allow the Orange to survive and earn another bowl trip.
Mike: Syracuse 24, Wake Forest 20
It’s ironic that after everything that’s happened the past week, my faith in Syracuse football has returned. The “will they, won’t they” fire Babers saga is over and now all the players have to worry about is the other 11 men on the field with them. Jason Beck’s gutsy change in offensive philosophy has been effective two games in a row and without meddling from the head coach, it will guide SU to a narrow victory and salvage another needed bowl trip.
Dom: Syracuse 20, Wake Forest 14
Schematically, Wake Forest won’t be able to take advantage of the Orange’s inconsistent rushing defense nor will be able to air the ball out offensively. Emotionally, this is the game where the leadership steps up, and it feels like a game where the team will play with a chip on its shoulder. The big question: can Syracuse diversify its own offense enough to keep Wake Forest on edge?
Now it’s your turn:
Who wins the game between Syracuse and Wake Forest?
This poll is closed
Syracuse wins and we get bowl prep and a HC search
Wake Forest wins and it’s all about the HC search