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Syracuse football has opening in 2024 schedule, needs to replace Army game

The Orange won’t be heading to West Point next fall.

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While Fran Brown is working hard to reload the Syracuse Orange football roster for 2024, the Athletics department has to do some scrambling of their own to ensure Brown’s team will play a full schedule.

According to reports by Syracuse.com’s Chris Carlson and LocalSYR’s Steve Infanti, the previously scheduled game between SU and Army is off the table. ‘Cuse was set to travel to West Point on September 21, but due to the Black Knights joining the AAC, they had to cancel. Both also say that Kansas, who seemed to be in conversations to come to the Dome, has backed off.

It’s unknown if the 2025 or 2026 matchups with Army will also be affected.

Syracuse only has a small handful of options to fill their final out-of-conference schedule slot: Houston, Illinois, Rice, Utah, Utah State, and Washington still need a final FBS opponent. Army also needs to cancel two additional games, freeing up some combo of UMass, UNLV, and Wake Forest.

(UPDATE: Rice/Houston & Rice/UConn, Utah/Utah State, and Washington/Washington State games have been announced, removing some possibilities.)

Other programs - Duke, FIU, FAU, New Mexico State, Northwestern, Notre Dame, SMU, and TCU - can schedule a preferable FCS game if they choose, but they haven’t been completely ruled out.

SU will host Ohio on August 31 and Holy Cross (FCS) on September 28, and there will also be a game against UConn with the time and location to be determined. With the ACC schedule not out yet, they’ll at least have the benefit of some flexible dates to work with.