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- Aug 15, 2011
The day should be celebrated by accepting the world's absurdities and working to bring even more absurdity into it. Spend the day being absurd in your dress, speech, and actions. Have you had some pretty crazy ideas of pranks to pull to really confuse people? Today is the day to do them. You could also read some works by absurdist authors and playwrights, such as Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett, or Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland has some elements of the absurd, and may also be fitting to read. You could also watch an absurdist film such as El Topo, an acid western by Alejandro Jodorowsky.
Syracuse loss to Notre Dame opens the door for NC State to make a better bowl game (newsobserver.com; Giglio)
The Camping World gets its choice, based on its own criteria (ticket sales, TV appeal), of the qualified teams after the ACC champion. Syracuse’s loss to Notre Dame opens the door for N.C. State to play a Big 12 foe in Orlando.
N.C. State (7-3) would be the likely choice if it can beat UNC and East Carolina to close the regular season. The Wolfpack last played in Orlando in 2010. That was memorable for the win over West Virginia but also because it was Russell Wilson’s last game with the Wolfpack.
To review the ACC bowl rules, the Camping World can’t take a 7-win team over a 9-win, but it can take an 8-win team over a 9-win team. The head-to-head result or conference finish have no bearing on the selection process.
The “Tier I” games will divvy up the next four ACC bowl spots. The same “one-win rule” applies. The teams eligible for the Tier I pool will be filled into slots in the Belk Bowl (Charlotte), Pinstripe Bowl (New York) and Sun Bowl (El Paso, Texas).
The Music City (Nashville) and Gator Bowl (Jacksonville, Fla.) have an agreement to take an ACC team three times over a six-year period. The Music City is expected to take an ACC team this season.
Virginia (7-4) is the preferred choice in Charlotte for the Belk Bowl on Dec. 29. The Cavaliers would be more attractive with a win over Virginia Tech on Friday.
Syracuse (8-3) just played in Yankee Stadium but is the preferred choice in New York for the Pinstripe Bowl. The homestate Orange will be making their first bowl appearance in five years.
Boston College (7-4) to the Sun and Pittsburgh (7-4) to the Music City are the other probable combinations, although if Pitt loses its last two games (at Miami, vs. Clemson) that could change.
BC Preview With Guest AJ Black Of SB Nation TradeMark Podcast: Syracuse Football podcast (player.com; podcast; Marona)
Today I have on AJ Black of SB Nation. He covers BC for BC Interruption (a SB Nation site). We talked about the Syracuse vs BC game. Obviously he wants BC to win, and I Do NOT want BC to win. Anyway, short episode today, because I am going to be putting out more than usual this week. My thanksgiving treat to you. More episodes and more ORANGE! Enjoy!
The Best of WAER Sports Podcast- Syracuse Football Gets A Facelift (waer.org; podcast; Kava)
Since Dino Babers arrived on the campus of Syracuse University one thing has been certain, his team will score. But this season not only has the offense taken a step forward, but the defense has made great strides as well. WAER's James Colgan shares the story of two freshmen who have been key in the defensive improvement.
This past week Syracuse University took another step outside the ordinary, specifically playing a football game at Yankee Stadium. WAER's Meredith Kava details the history Yankee Stadium has as a football venue and success that Syracuse has had there in the past.
Syracuse puts loss to Notre Dame behind (oneidadispatch.com; AP; Kekis)
Syracuse coach Dino Babers offered little on quarterback Eric Dungey and a lot on the Orange's third loss of what has been a breakthrough season.
Dungey was injured in the first quarter Saturday in a 36-3 setback to No. 3 Notre Dame at Yankee Stadium and never returned to the sideline. Dungey, third in total offense in the Atlantic Coast Conference (2,901 yards), finished just 1-of-4 passing for 10 yards with one interception and rushed twice for another eight.
Babers said Monday he was hopeful Dungey would be available for the 19th-ranked Orange's season finale at Boston College on Saturday. He had no update on Dungey's status — it was announced as an upper-body injury — but added the senior was able to get into a hot tub on his own Sunday.
Syracuse hopes Dungey can play finale at BC (espn; AP)
Syracuse coach Dino Babers says he's hopeful that quarterback Eric Dungey will be available for the 19th-ranked Orange's season finale at Boston College.
Dungey was injured Saturday in a 36-3 loss to No. 3 Notre Dame at Yankee Stadium . It was announced as an upper-body injury, with no more details provided.
Babers said Monday he had no update on Dungey's status, but added the senior was able to get into a hot tub on his own Sunday.
Dungey was hurt after running into the middle of the Irish defense for a short gain in the first quarter Saturday. He got up and was setting up the Orange's no-huddle offense for the next play when he went back to the ground and reached around to his lower back. He left the game and did not return.
Dungey has missed 10 entire games with injuries in his Syracuse career.
Week 13 Bowl Prediction: Syracuse football still in line for Music City Bowl - The Juice Online (the juice; Cheng)
Syracuse was trounced by Notre Dame, 36-3, on Saturday, but with some other teams losing in the top 25, Syracuse was able to retain a spot in the top 20.
On Sunday, Syracuse was ranked No. 19 in both the AP Top 25 and the ESPN/USA Today Coach’s Polls.
SU, now 8-3, finishes the regular season with a trip to Boston College, which dropped out of the rankings after a loss to Florida State. The Boston College loss may also help Syracuse get to a higher bowl game, with SU at eight wins and the Eagles at seven.
Here are the losses among the top 25:
No. 9 West Virginia: Loss to Oklahoma State (45-41)
No. 16 Iowa State: Loss to No. 15 Texas (24-10)
No. 20 Boston College: Loss to Florida State (22-21)
No. 24 Cincinnati: Loss to No. 11 UCF (38-13)
Here’s where some of the major media outlets stand on Syracuse after week 12:
Sports Illustrated: Sun Bowl vs. California.
SB Nation: Pinstripe Bowl vs. Purdue.
Bleacher Report: Camping World Bowl vs. Iowa State.
CBS Sports: Pinstripe Bowl vs. Purdue.
ESPN: Camping World Bowl vs. Iowa State (Sherman)/West Virginia (Bonagura)
College Football News: Pinstripe Bowl vs. Purdue.
The Path to a Tier 1 Bowl Game for the Canes (stateoftheu.com; Underwood)
The Miami Hurricanes are finally bowl eligible after earning their 6th win of the season, beating Virginia Tech 38-14 this weekend.
Late on Saturday night, I wrote a piece refreshing your memories about the ACC’s bowl tie-ins, and how selections for those bowls are made. What, you didn’t read that piece? No problem. Click the link:
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As you saw in that bowl piece, there are separate tiers of bowls. Tier 1 bowls (better competition, higher visibility, more desirable locations, more $), and Tier 2/additional bowls (usually G5 competition, less visibility, earlier in bowl season, non-premium locations). If you’re not going to make the College Football Playoff (spoiler alert: Miami won’t), then obviously you want a Tier 1 bowl, if possible.
Who makes it to Tier 1 bowls? As I said in the above-linked piece, those bowl placements go to teams who finish between 3rd and 6th in the final ACC Conference Standings. That’s key. Gotta be both bowl eligible and in the top half of the conference standings to be selected for a Tier 1 bowl.
FSU Bowl Outlook: Nothing clear with ACC in chaos (tallahassee.com; McGahee III)
Florida State’s 36-year consecutive bowl streak stands one victory away from extending to 37.
The Seminoles (5-6, 3-5 ACC) have No. 13 Florida (8-3, 5-3 SEC) as the only obstacle in the way of getting there.
If FSU pulls off the home upset against the Gators at noon Saturday, its landing spot for a bowl game isn’t yet clear.
The ACC currently has nine teams that have secured at least six wins this season with FSU, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest still fighting for a chance to make the postseason.
Only North Carolina (2-8) and Louisville (2-9) have been eliminated.
Outside of No. 2 Clemson (11-0), there’s not a lot of separation in the middle of the ACC.
No. 12 Syracuse is the only other team with more than seven wins (8-3), but more teams can get there this weekend.
Six other teams have seven wins and none of them face each other in the final week of the regular season. The only seven-win team in the ACC that's facing a team with seven or more wins this weekend is BC, which takes on Syracuse.
Pitt football | Coastal champion Panthers focusing on Miami (tribdem.com; Filipcic-Godsey)
Pitt clinched the ACC Coastal Division and a spot in the conference championship game with a 34-13 win over Wake Forest this past Saturday. It was the biggest win for Pitt in recent memory and landed the Panthers in the No. 24 spot in the AP poll – the first time they’ve been ranked since late 2016, when they were No. 22 before losing to Northwestern in the Pinstripe Bowl.
Pat Narduzzi’s Panthers have come a long way since a 5-7 record in 2017 led to the team missing a bowl game for the first time since 2007. Pitt then had a slow start this season and sat at 2-3 at the end of September. Less than two months later, the Panthers are bowl eligible and will play for the ACC title on Dec. 1 in Charlotte.
“It’s never as smooth as you’d like it to be, which is life. There’s bumps in the road as you go,” Narduzzi said.
It’s how Pitt weathered those early bumps that had led to the team’s recent success.
“Obviously, it was a big day for our football team and for the university,” Narduzzi said of Pitt’s division-clinching win over Wake Forest. “Happy we could be a part of it and happy I could be a part of it.”
ACC power rankings: Notre Dame gives Syracuse reality check, Pitt continues to impress (fansided.com; Haringey)
Syracuse thought they were ready to compete with the ACC elite, but Notre Dame put them in their place at Yankee Stadium.
Not everyone was a big fan of the uniforms Notre Dame wore on Saturday, but it was hard not to appreciate the way they played. Syracuse came to Yankee Stadium with big hopes of pulling off a historic upset, but they limped out of the Bronx with a 36-3 loss.
That result, coupled with Clemson’s comfortable home victory over Duke made life at the top of this week’s power rankings pretty boring. Those two squads have clearly separated themselves from the rest of the pack. It’s no surprise both teams have a legitimate shot at making the College Football Playoff.
5 Things I Didn’t Like: Notre Dame v. Syracuse ’18 (uhnd.com; Vitovitch)
1. Notre Dame’s red zone offense
This is the easiest and most obvious one on the list. Notre Dame’s redzone was offense was maddeningly frustrating in the first half. The Irish took a 20-0 lead into halftime but it could have been much more than that had it not been for the Irish failing to finish off drives. After Jalen Elliott’s first quarter interception, the Irish had to settle for a short Justin Yoon field goal.
Notre Dame’s next drive ended with a short field goal as well after a 9 play, 83 yard drive stalled at the Syracuse 12 yard line. At that point Notre Dame had been dominating everywhere but on the scoreboard where the score read 13-0.
The most frustrating redzone trip, however, came in the 2nd quarter when Notre Dame got all the way down to the ‘Cuse one yard line and walked away empty handed. On 3rd and goal from the 3, Chris Finke took a hand off and lost his footing before reaching the endzone. On 4th and 1, Tommy Kraemer stepped on Ian Book’s foot before the junior quarterback even took a step resulting in Book stumbling backwards and heaving the ball into the endzone resulting in a Syracuse INT.
Notre Dame later added another short field goal in the 3rd quarter instead of converting the opportunity into a touchdown. They made 7 trips into the redzone on Saturday that resulted in 30 out of a possible 49 points. That is leaving a lot of points on the field and that kind of production could be costly against a better team.
2. Lack of running game until the 4th quarter
It was pretty evident early on that Syracuse didn’t want to let Notre Dame run the ball so the Irish wisely went to the air. Even knowing that Syracuse was determined to take away the run though, it was still disappointing how ineffective the Notre Dame running game was until the end of the game when they padded their stats a bit.
ACC Football Rx: VT will not finish 5-6 in 2018 (accfootballrx.com; HM)
The Hokies are still 2 wins away (4-6) from bowl-eligibility after losing to Miami this weekend. Currently there is only one more game on the schedule - against rival Virginia. However, figuring there's nothing worse than missing out on a bowl game because of a cancellation, the Virginia Tech Athletic Department has come up with a plan: IF the Hokies beat the Wahoos to get to 5-6, they'll play one more home game - against Marshall (who's already bowl-eligible) to try to get to 6-6 and keep the bowl streak alive.
On the other hand, if the Hokies lose to UVA, that will end the season at 4-7.
The Cavaliers will certainly be favored, but anything can happen in a rivalry game.
Cuse Juice: A Central NY-made liqueur for orange fans everywhere (PS; Cazentre)
A new alcohol-based, orange-colored product called Cuse Juice debuted in late August, just as the college football season got underway. The Syracuse University football team went on to record its highest AP poll ranking in 20 years.
"I wish we could take credit for that,'' said Brenden Backus, co-owner and master distiller at Lock 1 Distilling Co., in Phoenix, Oswego County.
The distillery has been producing spirits for a year, and now has a place of its own to serve them
The distillery launched Cuse Juice, a vodka-based sweet orange liqueur, during the New York State Fair. It's 60 proof (30 percent alcohol), and is meant to be drunk on its own or mixed in a cocktail.
Cuse Juice has since become the fastest selling product in Lock 1's admittedly short history, which dates back to the spring of 2017. During much of that time, Lock 1's best-seller has been its Ryze Vodka, which has also won several gold medals in national spirits competitions.
"It's exploded, absolutely crazy," said Backus, who says the small distillery is making about 60 cases a week and working hard to keep up with demand. Lock 1 distributes its products to liquor stores and bars throughout central and western New York, and in the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier. See list of products and retail outlets.