An August preview of Orange’s October games

So last month I posted a quick preview and predictions for the September portion of Syracuse’s football schedule. I don’t usually make predictions, but you readers who are amazing deserve what you ask for and ask for something other than poems.

Unfortunately, life has been interesting since then so I wasn’t able to finish October and November, but I’m here now and I’ll give you my honest opinion as an Orange fan on what to expect.

Without further ado, here are the October games as they are scheduled right now via cuse.com and some fun information that I hope will help us all enjoy the expansion to get the season started together.

That’s how I think the October games will play out for Syracuse football.

Wagner Seahawks at Syracuse Orange
Saturday, October 1 at the JMA Wireless Dome in Syracuse, New York
Time and TV TBD Radio-TK99

Syracuse football should win this game (especially if I’m basing it off last season and Wagner was 0-11 last season). This is kind of a “cheat game” though, because if you win, some fans will say “haha, they were supposed to win” and if they lose or it’s close, those fans will turn their backs on the season and the show. This game was actually supposed to be Syracuse’s first game of the season and was considered an exhibition of how the NFL or Syracuse basketball needs to start the year and work on the lineups. But TV networks own the soul of college sports, so it’s more important to broadcast those games to make Week 1 more attractive for the same reason Syracuse football left the Big East (well more money , but also a more attractive calendar for the masters of the sports networks). and fans who don’t want to see “minor games”).

Prediction: Syracuse 44 – Wagner 9

NC State Wolfpack at Syracuse Orange
Saturday, October 15 at the JMA Wireless Dome in Syracuse, New York
Time and TV TBD Radio-TK99

Okay, it might seem weird to some if you look at the schedule, but this is the game I dread the most (Notre Dame is a very close second). The good news is that it’s home in the JMA Wireless Dome. The bad news is that NC State’s quarterback is Devin Leary, who last season broke Philip Rivers’ record for most touchdowns in a season and only threw 5 interceptions all season. I’ve seen a lot of ACC pundits say they’re expecting a big season and that’s saying a lot since they’re coming off a 9-win season last year. However, I think it’s worth noting that they were 2-3 playing away from home in the ACC last season and if Syracuse football can win these first 5 games, maybe a big home crowd can help give the advantage to the ‘Orange.

Prediction: Syracuse 37 – NC State 34 in overtime

Syracuse Orange at Clemson Tigers
Saturday, October 22nd at “Death Valley” aka Memorial Stadium in Clemson, SC
Time and TV TBD Radio-TK99

OK, let’s talk about Clemson. That game is at Clemson, and Syracuse football has shown it can play well there only faltering in the final 41 seconds of the game in Death Valley in 2018. Writing this in August makes it hard to say what this team will look like of Clemson but its offense. wasn’t as effective last season as they have been in the past and their offensive coordinator is now coaching at Virginia so will they be better or will they “fall off” again (they still won 10 games)? Clemson wants to show they belong in the national championship conversation and Syracuse wants to show this program deserves more respect.

Prediction: Syracuse 24 – Clemson 23

Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Syracuse Orange
Saturday, October 29 at the JMA Wireless Dome in Syracuse, New York
Time and TV TBD Radio-TK99

The last time Syracuse beat Notre Dame was in 2008 in South Bend, as late Syracuse head coach Greg Robinson was in his final season and even appeared on the ESPN Gameday show. The last time Notre Dame played Syracuse was in 2016 and the Irish won 50-33 (though people seem to only remember the two teams that met outside of Syracuse when reliving history). Brian Kelly left Notre Dame for the SEC, but his coordinators stayed, so how will a team that barely missed the 4-team playoff last season respond? How many Irish fans will try to take over the Dome in an attempt to diminish the Dome’s home field advantage (Syracuse has a huge Catholic community that supports the school) and how many Syracuse football fans could make this feel like the ‘old Loud House if this team was? as good as i predicted? Can Syracuse football prove it belongs in the national conversation because this game could be on a big stage if both teams play well, whether on NBC/Peacock or ESPN?

Prediction: Syracuse 41 – Notre Dame 38

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