Co 2020-21 Iggy Award Winner MPG (special again)
- Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to Lammas!
Lammas, which takes its name from "loaf-mass," is the first harvest festival of the year, and celebrates the first wheat harvest. Other grains are also harvested around the time of Lammas, such as oats, rye, and barley, as are plants such as mint, meadowsweet, sunflower, and Calendula. Lammas is celebrated in some English-speaking countries in the Northern Hemisphere, such as Scotland, Wales, England, and Northern Ireland.
On the day, Lammas bread has traditionally been made from the new wheat crop, often being baked into shapes such as wheat, owls, or other figures. It was customary to bring a loaf to church where it would be blessed. In Anglo-Saxon England, it was then sometimes broken into four pieces and put at the four corners of barns, to protect the recently harvested grain inside. The day has also traditionally been marked by making corn dollies, and Lammas charms such as sprigs of mint, green Lammas ribbons, and twigs that are bundled together, called besom. Feasts have also been common on the day.
Training Camp Position Preview: Defensive Line (SI; Gross)
The Syracuse defensive line is getting a makeover. Five of six different players who started or played a significant role last season have left the program.
Josh Black, who started 11 games for the Orange last season at defensive end, is at the New Orleans Saints training camp. McKinley Williams made seven starts last season and is attending the Indianapolis Colts camp. Cody Roscoe, the 2021 team leader in sacks with 8.5, also left for the NFL. Not to mention Kingsley Jonathan, the 2022 CFL number one overall pick and current Buffalo Bills training camp prospect. Lastly, Curtis Harper sought the transfer portal at the end of last season.
With the loss of most of the depth chart, head coach Dino Babers will not have an easy time replacing such talent and experience.
The only defensive lineman to start a game last season and remain on the roster is Caleb Okechukwu. The redshirt-junior may have only made two starts in 2021, but he found the field in every game. At 6-4 and 270 pounds, Okechukwu made 21 tackles, three tackles for a loss and had one sack for seven yards. His stats last year improved from his sophomore season where he made 14 tackles and one sack in 11 games. Okechukwu will have to be an edge rusher the Syracuse defense relies on this season.
As a true-freshman, Terry Lockett appeared in 11 games for the Orange providing 12 tackles and two sacks in a reserved role. At 6-3, 270 pounds, Lockett is looking to fill the gap in the interior that is lost with the departure of both Williams and Black. His size as a tackle should be able to keep the offensive line busy enough to let the linebackers go to work. His playing time increased as the season went along in 2021, providing hope that he can be a more regular contributor this year.
Another possible starter lies in Kevon Darton. As a reserve defensive tackle last year, Darton saw snaps in all 12 games garnering nine tackles on the season. Being 266 pounds is in his favor but being 5-11 could play a factor in whether he gets a starting job. However, his increased playing time last season is a good indication of more snaps in 2022.
As a former linebacker turned to lineman, Steve Linton is looking to increase his snap count this year. In seven games last season, the 6-5, redshirt-sophomore made six tackles, two being for a loss of yards, and one sack. Linton has played both defensive end and outside linebacker during his three years at Syracuse.
Elijah Fuentes-Cundiff made just two tackles this season in just as many games. The redshirt-freshman played defensive tackle in both contests against Rutgers and Albany. At 6-4, 267 pounds, the Bronx native will have an opportunity to slide into a rotation at the tackle position if he plays well at training camp.
Jatius Geer is the tallest of the defensive linemen on the roster. At 6-6, 235 pounds, his size might give him an edge on the rest of the competition. The redshirt-freshman made just one tackle against Albany in his only appearance of the season. There is certainly a chance Geer could see some extended time on the field this year.
Syracuse Orange Preview 2022: Season Prediction, Breakdown, Key Games, Players (CFN; Fiutak)
Syracuse Orange Preview
Head Coach: Dino Babers, 29-43, 7th year at Syracuse
11th year overall, 66-59, 2021 Preview
2021 Record: Overall: 5-7, Conference: 2-6
Offense, Defense Breakdown | Keys To The Season
Season Prediction, What Will Happen
Syracuse Top 10 Players | Syracuse Schedule & Analysis
Syracuse Orange Preview 2022It’s possible to win college football games at Syracuse.
It’s been done before, and head coach Dino Babers is adaptive enough and innovative enough to make it happen, but …
It would be nice if there was finally some positive consistency.
Syracuse was a productive program at a fairly high level from 1987 to 2001, it got stuck in a dry spell without a winning season from 2002 to 2009, and it’s been a fight to find a good groove ever since.
Head coach Dino Babers was able to come up with one magical season in 2018 with a 10-3 run and a nice bowl victory, but again with the consistency – there isn’t any, and it’s made it hard to build over his run with a 29-43 record.
As Wake Forest and Pitt proved, it’s possible to win in the ACC if there’s a set style to rely on.
Syracuse went from cranking away with a high-octane passing attack when Babers first took over, to sputtering as it tried to recreate the magic behind an offensive line that couldn’t block, to being a physical ground-and-pound team last year.
The biggest sticking point has been that O line. Babers has never been able to get it quite right, and everything else has been a struggle from there.
This season he’s got a good group of skill parts, the defense that was quietly solid should be terrific if the line doesn’t get gouged, and the veteran kickers are better than they played in 2021.
And now the identity is probably going to change yet again with an even faster tempo and the hope to push the passing game a bit more. It all has to come together fast over the first half of the year, or else – the second half of the schedule is a nightmare.
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Glory Days College Football Quick Play - 1959 Syracuse vs 1997 Michigan
Clemson football: Surprising win probability numbers for Tigers in ESPN FPI (rubbingtherock; Spencer)
If you’ve spent any time listening to the college football talking heads opining on Clemson football this offseason you’re likely less than 100% confident of the Tigers return to the College Football Playoff after last years hiatus.
Many see the Tigers struggling, some to more extreme than others. On the other hand, if you’re a believer in ESPN’s FPI metric, well there was good news to be had this past Friday and I have to admit to being caught off guard by some of the numbers assigned to win probabilities for the Tigers.
Clemson was assigned a 90% or better chance of winning 7 games: Furman (99.4%), Louisiana Tech (97.7%), Syracuse (95.2%), Georgia Tech (94.3%), South Carolina (92.2%), Louisville (90.3%) and Boston College (90%)
No one tell Gamecocks that they have the 7th best chance of beating Clemson this year per ESPN. I’m kidding, everyone tell them and add in that FPI gives FOUR, yes four, ACC teams a better shot at beating the Tigers.
In the 80-89% range is North Carolina State (87.4), Florida State (80.1) and Miami (80.0).
Predicting Louisville Football's 2022 Season - Sports Illustrated Louisville Cardinals News, Analysis and More (SI; McGavic)
Louisville football is on the verge of making its triumphant return.
The 2022 season, and a crucial year four under head coach Scott Satterfield, will officially kick off in just 35 days when the Cardinals head up north to face Syracuse in a primetime matchup on Saturday, Sept 3. With the season so close to getting underway, Louisville Report decided to give an updated prediction at Louisville's record for the 2022 football season.
Take a look below at our game by game predictions, along with a final season win-loss record:
at Syracuse (Saturday, Sept. 3)Last Meeting: Louisville won 41-3 on Nov. 13, 2021 at Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, Ky.
Series: Louisville leads 12-7
Summary: Louisville might have blown the doors off of Syracuse last season, but they were actually much better than people credit, mainly due to their defense. The Orange actually wound up with the 16th-ranked total defense in FBS at 330.3 yards per game, and returns key pieces like defensive backs Garrett Williams and Duce Chestnut, and linebacker Mikel Jones
Offensively, Syracuse lagged behind a bit. While they has on of the most prolific rushing offenses in FBS, anchored by Sean Tucker's 1,496 rushing yards, they were the definition of a one note offense. The Orange struggled mightily to pass the pass, pilling up just 158.2 yards per game - the tenth-worst in FBS. Garret Shrader *should* improve, but time will tell by how much.
In theory, this should be a relatively close game with it being played at the not-Carrier Dome. But it's extremely hard to ignore the recent history of this series, and I'm leaning towards that trend continuing. Especially with how Louisville handled that Syracuse rushing attack in 2021
Prediction: Louisville 35 Syracuse 10
Some Notre Dame VS Syracuse History and Hype (onefootdown; Dangel)
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have a solid mix of some classic rivals, some first-time matchups, and some once-in-a-blue-moon games on the schedule this season. The price of fuel keeps going down, so I took the way back machine to the gas station and filled up. This time, we’re looking back at some of the history between the Irish and the Syracuse Orange. The two teams have faced off ten times in total; the Irish have the lead in the series, 7-3.
What’s the Backstory?The Irish and Orange faced off for the first time in 1914 with Jesse Harper at the head coach position and Knute Rockne as assistant, and Notre Dame set the tone with a 20-0 win.
The series didn’t move forward until a controversial 1961 matchup in South Bend. At the time, the procedures concerning defensive penalties once time had expired were up in the air. With the Orange ahead 15-14, Irish kicker Joe Perkowski missed a 56-yard field goal as time ran out. A call on Syracuse’s Walt Sweeney for roughing the kicker followed, which granted Perkowski 15 yards. He notched a winning field goal on a second attempt to lock in the win for the Irish, which caused a stir as it was unclear if the second kick would be warranted as time ran out. Following a few months of back and forth, a 17-15 Irish victory stood, but rules changed in 1962 to prevent similar confusion. In 1963, however, the Orange notched their first win of the series in New York City and beat the Irish 14-7.
Basketball Conference: The ACC Football Podcast: 2022 Boston College Eagles Preview - Time to Take a Step Forward (w/ Dan Rubin) on Apple Podcasts (apple.com; podcast; ACC Football Podcast)
Our preview series continues with a trip to New England as we preview Boston College's 2022 season. With Mike still on paternity leave, Joey talked with Dan Rubin (@BCDanRubin) of BCEagles.com about all things Eagles as we head into the fall, INCLUDING:
Everything we've seen through two years tells us that Jeff Hafley is a better coach than Steve Addazio was...except in the record column, somehow?
Phil Jurkovec is back and should be fully healthy, with multiple of his top weapons around him back and another big-time TE transferring in...but there's one potentially missing piece on offense that could determine how the season goes.
The schedule should really work in Boston College's favor, both in who they play and when they play them.
All of this, plus record predictions, foreshadowing of the inevitable upcoming Dad Episode, and much more!
CFN Preseason All-ACC Football Team, Top 30 Players: Preview 2022 (CFN; Staff)
Who are the best players in the ACC going into the 2022 college football season? They’re highlighted in the CFN 2022 Preseason All-ACC team and top 30 players.
2022 Preseason CFN ACC Offensive Player of the Year
RB SEAN TUCKER, SOPH. SYRACUSEGo ahead and name any one of about six or so ACC quarterbacks that might be the star of the league, and you probably won’t be wrong. Or, there’s a chance one of the others in the deep lot will rise up and be the best of the bunch. Meanwhile …
Sean Tucker might be the best running back in college football.
Everyone knows what’s coming with 34, and he still able to produce, running for almost 1,500 yards last year with 20 touchdowns with two receiving scores. He’s not all that big, but he’s tough, shifty, and really, really fast.
So yeah, the air attacks will take center stage in the conference, but Tucker should be the best of the offensive bunch.
2022 Preseason CFN ACC Defensive Player of the Year
DT BRYAN BRESEE, JR. CLEMSONBresee has only been able to make 36 tackles with 5.5 sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss in his two seasons, but that’s partly because he suffered a torn ACL early last year to go along with a shoulder issue.
When he’s right – and he’s expected to be ready to go – the 6-5, 300-pounder has the talent to be the best overall player in the country and possible No. 1 overall pick with too much athleticism, skill, and quickness to go along with his size.
College Football News 2022 Preseason All-ACC Team: Offense
QB Tyler Van Dyke, Soph. Miami
RB Will Shipley, Soph. Clemson
RB Sean Tucker, Soph. Syracuse
WR Josh Downs, Jr. North Carolina
WR Zay Flowers, Sr. Boston College
TE Will Mallory, Sr. Miami
OT Jordan McFadden, Sr. Clemson
OG Caleb Chandler, Sr. Louisville
C Grant Gibson, Sr. NC State….
New movie filming in Syracuse needs your help finding 2 main locations (PS; Herbert)
Lights, camera, action... but where?
An upcoming new movie filming in the Syracuse area is looking for help finding two main locations. Producers are seeking a house surrounded by woods, as well as a large wooded area — but the two locations do not need to be on the same property.
More specifically, the film is looking for:
The House: A two-to-four-bedroom family home, ideally set at the end of a long driveway and surrounded by woods on one to three sides. The house should have a basement and an upstairs. Age or wear and tear is good. Homes that are no longer in use and could potentially be demolished for the project will also be considered.
Producers are looking for a house to shoot a movie in the Syracuse area and included these examples of what they're looking for.
- The Large Wooded Area: In need of a large piece of land with as much topographical diversity as possible, specifically including a large cliff or bluff. There should also be heavily wooded areas and clearings. Any streams or gulches are a plus. The more biodiversity the better and old trees are a bonus. Ideally the space will have enough existing infrastructure and access to easily build tree stands, forts, courses, and barriers within the woods. Alternatively, existing old structures on the land would be a plus ie. an old farm, well or quarry etc.