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Aug 15, 2011
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Stock Up, Stock Down: Notre Dame – Orange Fizz – Daily Syracuse Recruiting News & Team Coverage (; Unsworth)

Saturday was not one to remember for Orange fans. Syracuse fell 41-24 to Notre Dame in what felt like everyone’s worst preseason prognostications coming true. SU was out-sized, out-manned and out-schemed. To quote fellow Fizzer Carter Bainbridge said on our weekly reaction Twitter Space, “it looked like SU got off the plane from Clemson this morning and suited up to play again.” The stock market reflects extremely poorly on this performance, as we’re sure all of you could guess. Let’s get into our biggest risers and fallers.


Mikel Jones

Since the team play was awful, we have to highlight individual performances. Jones was at the top of that list, with 15 total tackles ( says he had 16, tying a career high). Someone has to keep this defense together, with all the injury struggles and offensive shortcomings. Jones stands up for his team, fires up the crowd and is always willing to represent Syracuse and the team win or loss. He’s a pro, professionally and personally.

Ja’Had Carter

After a year in which he struggled with injury, Carter is flying high at the back end of the Syracuse defense. His pick against ND was his third forced turnover in four weeks. He’s done well when asked to cover guys in the slot or tackle in the run game in space.

Carlos Del Rio-Wilson

Losing Garrett Shrader was a huge bummer Saturday, but at least it showed this team has a competent backup. Del Rio-Wilson was 11-22 for 190 yards, one TD and one INT. The pick was bad, but the skills flashed throughout his half of football. Robert Anae let CDRW throw deep, and his long balls had touch and pace. Del Rio-Wilson threw fastballs over the middle, and his receivers let him down.

SU’s Magic Might’ve Just Run Out, By No Fault Of Its Own – Orange Fizz – Daily Syracuse Recruiting News & Team Coverage (; Bainbridge)

It took just one week and another devastating injury for SU to go from new heights back down to where it usually resides: in a position of instability.

I was in attendance for Notre Dame’s 41-24 beatdown of Syracuse inside the JMA Wireless Dome on Saturday. With every passing Audric Estime hook and every Logan Diggs jab, ND began looking like a team playing above its weight. SU looked exhausted, shorthanded, and overmatched. A Irish team that saw the specter of a .500 record played for its life and head coach Marcus Freeman – and won. By the end, a game that felt winnable for Syracuse went squarely by the boards.

How many 6-1 teams ever experience a game like that? Not many, and those who do usually aren’t ranked in the Top 20 for much longer. No. 22 Syracuse isn’t anymore, either.

After three years of howling about coaching or in-state recruiting or whatever else, it’s unusual to lack a scapegoat when it comes to SU football’s ills. ‘Cuse isn’t suddenly losing because it’s a bad team or because someone is throwing away SU’s destiny. We foresaw what’s now happening just a few weeks ago. For one main reason out of their control, the Orange are falling – injuries.

Not in SU’s recent history has such a talented team been more beset by injuries. Yes, Eric Dungey missed quite a few games in his day before he put it all together in 2018. Yes, SU’s banged-up offensive line forced Clayton Welch and Rex Culpepper into action during dismal years. Yes, Andre Cisco’s freak warmup accident two years ago cost the team dearly – but the injury report hasn’t been this long or stung worse in a good minute.

Injuries Starting to Catch Up to Syracuse – Orange Fizz – Daily Syracuse Recruiting News & Team Coverage (; Eads)

No. 22 Syracuse is beginning to slide after a very impressive start to the 2022 season. SU has now dropped two consecutive games and is in a very interesting situation. On the one hand, you’ve got an Orange team that has already exceeded the preseasons expectations. On the other, there’s a squad that hasn’t looked like itself the past two weeks and is leaving fans disappointed.

There are a lot of reasons as to why Syracuse holds a 6-2 standing heading into a road matchup with Pittsburgh. The biggest is the injuries the defense has experienced over the culmination of September and October. SU’s defensive coordinator, Tony White, is at the point where he’s rolling out reserves and role players in some positions.

Along the front, Elijah Fuentes-Cundiff and Kevin Jobity are getting a ton of playing time. Fuentes-Cundiff is a player that was probably slotted 4th team coming into the year. Jobity is a true freshman and someone who the coaches probably planned on redshirting. Instead, these two along with several other inexperienced defenders have had to carry a big load.

On top of that, Kevon Darton has become the starting defensive tackle in the 3-3-5. This is a guy that’s a former walk-on and lost a lot of weight over the offseason to become more athletic. Darton probably did that to improve in rushing the passer. Instead of being a situational blitzer, he’s now having to be an every down player.

There have been other injuries including Stefon Thompson, Derek McDonald, and most recently All-American cornerback Garrett Williams. However, the revolving door in the trenches is the most glaring inhibitor for this defense right now.

College football: Syracuse’s Jones semifinalist for Butkus Award (

Syracuse University junior Mikel Jones was named a semifinalist for the Dick Butkus Award on Tuesday, which is presented annually to the most outstanding linebacker in college football.

Jones leads the Orange (6-2 overall, 3-1 ACC) with 69 total tackles and ranks third on the unit with three sacks and 5.5 tackles for loss. The standout captain has helped SU to the 16th-ranked total defense in the FBS. Jones was one of 15 semifinalists chosen and the finalists will be announced on Nov. 21.

Lions and tigers and Otto the Orange...oh my! Happy Halloween, #SyracuseU!

SU has struggled stopping the run. Now it faces the ACC’s top back (scouting report) (PS; $; Leiker)

For a third-straight week, Syracuse football’s opponent will look to steamroll it on the ground.

Pittsburgh (4-4, 1-3 ACC) has the ACC’s top running back in Israel Abanikanda, who’s been near unstoppable this season even in games the Panthers have lost. He’s up to 1,086 rushing yards, almost double what he had last year, and has scored 16 touchdowns on the ground.

With a rushing grade of 87.4, according to Pro Football Focus, he’s just outside the Top 10 in the nation even though he averages the fifth-best yards per game (135.8).

Abanikanda grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and was recruited by the Orange out of high school before choosing the Panthers. He played at Abraham Lincoln High School and also had offers from Duke, Boston College, Tennessee, Notre Dame and others.

SU still ended up earning a commitment from Sean Tucker that recruiting cycle. Tucker only trails Abanikanda in the ACC rushing race after leading the conference last year.

The Orange defense struggled against Clemson and Notre Dame’s powerful rushing offenses the past two weeks. SU gave up 539 yards on the ground between the two games, dropping its rushing defense to No. 62 in the country with an average 138.6 yards allowed per game.

CFP Rankings 2022 Nov 1st (RX; HM)

CFP Rankings 2022 Nov 1st

The first CFP ranking for the 2022-23 season is out:

College Football Playoff Rankings
2Ohio State8-0
11Ole Miss8-1
13Kansas State6-2
15Penn State6-2
17North Carolina7-1
18Oklahoma State6-2
21Wake Forest6-2
22NC State6-2
23Oregon State6-2

(youtube; video; Pitt LiveWire)

Pitt Football | Syracuse Week Interviews | Tiquan Underwood | 11/1/22

Syracuse football: Orange land commit from JuCo OL Lysander Moeolo (TNIAAM; Haller)

We’ve asked for the recruiting to start to pick up after the hot start for the Syracuse Orange and now we’re getting the first news since the signing of RB Ike Daniels back in July. On Halloween, Navarro College offensive lineman Lysander Moeolo announced his transfer to the ranks of the Orange offense.

Moeolo is currently a 6-foot-6, 330lb lineman originally from Lacey, Washington. He played his high school ball for Timberline High and was a Nevada commit in December, 2020, before deferring for reasons unknown to Navarro Community College in Corsicana, Texas. As a JuCo he was currently being courted by Colorado State, Fresno State, Hawaii, Old Dominion and a list of others. He will have three years of eligibility left after the transfer.

Kahlil Ali Enjoys Syracuse Visit, Looking to Return For Official (SI; McAllister)

Class of 2023 Pennsauken (NJ) High defensive back Kahlil Ali entered the weekend as one of Boston College's top commits. However, just days after visiting Syracuse, Ali decommitted from the Eagles and reopened his recruitment.

Ali was on the Syracuse campus on Saturday to attend the Orange's game against Notre Dame.

"It was great," Ali said. "I enjoyed my time being there."

Highlights of the trip included spending time with the Syracuse coaches and the atmosphere in the Dome.

"I got to see coach Johnson and coach Babers before the game," Ali said. "It was good seeing them again. I t was good getting back up there for the first time since last November. The best part was really the energy of the game even though they lost. I still felt the energy from people and the team. It's a great atmosphere up there."

SU makes the cut for first round of CFP rankings (PS; Leiker)

The College Football Playoff Selection Committee announced its first Top 25 rankings of the 2022 season Tuesday night live on ESPN.

Syracuse football, the No. 22 team in the AP Top 25 and Coaches Poll, landed at No. 20 in the CFP rankings. The first four teams, in order, are Tennessee, Ohio State, Georgia and Clemson.

In the ACC, Clemson (No. 4), North Carolina (No. 17), Wake Forest (No. 21) and N.C. State (No. 22) are also ranked.

New rankings will release each Tuesday through Dec. 4, known as Selection Day, when the top four teams will officially move on to compete in the College Football Playoff.

Should Clemson finish in the Top 4 of the CFP rankings, the next highest-ranked ACC team will play in the Orange Bowl. SU is the third-highest ranked team in the ACC right now with three conference wins. Clemson has six, and UNC has four.

Clemson and North Carolina, with key head-to-head wins against divisional foes, are on a collision course to meet in the conference championship game Dec. 3 in Charlotte.

The Orange has four conference games remaining this season: Pittsburgh, Florida State, Wake Forest and Boston College.

Syracuse reacts: Tell us how you’re feeling about Orange football this week (TNIAAM; survey; Ostrowski)

Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across the NCAA. Throughout the year we ask questions of the most plugged-in Syracuse Orange fans and fans across the country. Sign up here to participate.

We are back with another poll for all you Absolute Magicians to let us know your thoughts on the Orange. It’s a pivotal point of the 2022 season, which means we’re both looking at how SU got here and what you think will happen down the stretch. Remember, there are no wrong answers here... so fire away!

Syracuse Ranked in Top 20 in First College Football Playoff Rankings (SI; McAllister)

The College Football Playoff Committee released its first rankings of the year on Tuesday, and Syracuse came in ranked 20th in the country. That is slightly higher than in the Coaches and AP Polls, both of which had the Orange ranked 22nd.

Teams Syracuse has faced this season in the rankings include Clemson (4) and NC State (22). The Orange also also faces Wake Forest later this season, which came in at 21st.

Syracuse was as high as 14th earlier this season after an unexpected 6-0 start. Most projected the Orange as a 4-8 or 5-7 team in 2022, especially given what looked to be a very difficult schedule on paper. Syracuse started with a blowout win over a Louisville team that just dominated then #10 Wake Forest this past weekend. Wins over UConn, Purdue, Virginia, Wagner and NC State followed before losses the last two weeks against two of the most talented teams on its schedule.

Syracuse football at Pittsburgh prediction and odds for week 10 college football (itlh; Adler)

Mired in a two-game losing streak that has some Orange fans going nuts on social media, No. 22 Syracuse football will look to right the ship when it travels to long-time rival Pittsburgh this coming Saturday afternoon in an Atlantic Coast Conference collision.

The ‘Cuse got pushed around in a 41-24 setback at home to Notre Dame this past Saturday afternoon. The Orange roster is absolutely banged up, and the Fighting Irish imposed its will and shredded the smaller Syracuse football defensive line to the tune of nearly 250 rushing yards.

The week before, the Orange fell to No. 5 Clemson in Death Valley in an exciting ACC battle that the ‘Cuse totally could have won. So with a contingent of the fan base frustrated, Syracuse football (6-2, 3-1) now has to contend with the Panthers (4-4, 1-3) away from the Hill.

In fact, three out of the final four regular-season contests for the Orange are on the road. First up is Pitt, followed by Florida State coming to the JMA Wireless Dome. Then, to close out the 2022 term prior to a bowl game, Syracuse football will head to Wake Forest and Boston College.

The good news is that the Orange has already achieved bowl eligibility. The bad news is that the ‘Cuse has struggled against the Panthers in recent years, and Syracuse football has unfortunately lost a bunch of key Orange players to season-ending injuries.

Syracuse football at Pittsburgh odds week 10

When I wrote this column, WynnBET had the Panthers as a 3.5-point betting favorite. Also at the time of this writing, the over/under was set at 50.5 points.

Syracuse football at Pittsburgh prediction week 10

Similar to the Orange, the Panthers are in the midst of a two-game setback streak. First, Pittsburgh fell by 14 points to a Louisville squad that is playing quite well these days.

Newhouse At Night 11-1 (ESPN; radio; Newhouse @ Night)

Josh Golden and Harry Kelly wonder if it is time to panic for Syracuse football, and later, Danny Tow and Liam Griffin preview the game vs. Pitt this Saturday.

On The Block On Demand 11-1 (ESPN; radio; Axe)

Brent Axe is On The Block to preview Syracuse-Pitt and share why Syracuse fans may have some reason to pay attention to the first College Football Playoff rankings. Also on the show, Brent sets the table for the start of the Syracuse women’s basketball season.

No. 20 Syracuse, Pitt trying to avoid losing streaks - National Football Post (; FLM)

Syracuse and Pitt both find themselves trending in the wrong direction as the regular season heads into its final month.

The Orange — ranked 20th in the first College Football Playoff rankings of the season — visit the Panthers on Saturday in a match-up of ACC foes hoping to avoid their third straight defeat.

Syracuse (6-2, 3-1 ACC) opened the season with six consecutive victories, including quality wins over Louisville, Purdue and North Carolina State. The Orange then led by 14 at undefeated Clemson before crumbling down the stretch in a 27-21 defeat.

Their problems were compounded last weekend in a 41-24 home loss to Notre Dame, when they allowed 246 rushing yards and lost quarterback Garrett Shrader to a second-quarter concussion.

Shrader’s status against Pitt is cloudy, as Orange coach Dino Babers would not say this week whether the senior quarterback would get the nod against the Panthers, or whether it would be Carlos Del Rio-Wilson making his first career start.

“All that stuff is in consideration behind the curtain, but I just can’t talk about that stuff in the press conference,” Babers said.

Standout running back Sean Tucker (758 yards, 7 TDs) has found the end zone five times in the past four games. He has, however, carried only 35 times the last three games and could be in for a heavier workload Saturday.

Syracuse wraps up its regular season with four ACC games, three of which take place on the road.

“Non-conference is over,” Babers said. “We were 3-1 in non-conference. We lost to Notre Dame. Now it’s all conference play. We’ve got one loss and we have to see how we’re going to finish this thing up.”

The Panthers (4-4, 1-3) also have four league games remaining, and they hope those contests go smoother than the last two games. After getting off to a 4-2 start, Pitt has dropped lopsided decisions to Louisville (24-10) and North Carolina (42-24).

They have been outscored 38-0 in the fourth quarter of those two games.

“The fourth quarter wasn’t good enough,” Panthers coach Pat Narduzzi said seeing a 24-14 lead against UNC punctured by four unanswered touchdowns. “We turned the ball over again in the fourth quarter, which started the tumble. It seems like every week we’ve got one of those.”

‎'Cuse Militia Podcast: Episode 386- Syracuse Football: Clemson Preview & Predictions! on Apple Podcasts (; podcast; Cuse Militia)

What's up Cuse Nation?!?! A lot on the line as two undefeated's throw down at noon this Saturday! Can Syracuse shock the world and beat Clemson at home for the first time in 38 games? will the stars align for the Orange? We'll hear from you and you'll hear from us!

ACC News

Rumor: ACC was protected (RX; HM)

Rumor: ACC was protected

Check out this little tidbit from "SBJ Media: Pac-12 deal rumors" by John Ourand, October 31, 2022:

ESPN took pains to make sure that its Big 12 deal would not result in a bigger per-school payout than the ACC. Because of the ACC Network, it’s difficult to determine how much ACC schools make from its ESPN deal. But I was told that the Big 12 will not eclipse the ACC on that front at any point in its deal, which runs through 2030-31. ESPN is likely to approach Pac-12 negotiations in a similar way.

Rumors: 2021 ACC Financials (RX; HM)

Rumors: 2021 ACC Financials

By now you've no doubt heard what ACC commissioner Jim Phillips said about the financials from 2021-22:

“our schools will receive a sizable increase following the ACC Network reaching full distribution last December. We are proud to have exceeded our initial projections, resulting in additional revenue to our schools.”

This is notable for several reasons, as David Teel points out in his article ACC expects record revenue in 2021-22. How best to allocate now, and in future?

# The ACC in 2020-21 reported a league-record $578.3 million in revenue, which translated to an average per-school distribution of $36.1 million. A “sizable” bump from [that] is encouraging...

ACC football power rankings: UNC surges, Boston College becomes undisputed cellar-dweller entering November (; Marsdale)

UNC picked up its fourth-straight win to improve to 7-1 on the season behind another monster performance from quarterback Drake Maye. The Tar Heels and head coach Mack Brown are without a doubt in the driver's seat of the ACC Coastal Division entering November after the victory over Pittsburgh, and they make a big move in this week's power rankings. It is all working in Chapel Hill right now after the Heels came back from down double digits.

"Just seeing it and knowing football. They've got seven in the box and they're bringing eight pretty hard sometimes so stuff like the draw tonight was kind of hard to make big plays," Maye said about the game plan, via InsideCarolina. "(We didn't want to) really abandon the run, but rather use the run when we need it. Stick to pass because when they've got seven in the box, you know it's four on four outside and that's not a good plan for the defense."

In other news, NC State came back from a three-score deficit against Virginia Tech, while Boston College may have suffered the worse loss of any ACC team this season to UConn.

ACC Football | Week 9 Recap and Week 10 Predictions (; podcast; WahooBrad24)

ACC Football | Week 9 Recap and Week 10 Predictions

Links, News and Rumors 2022 Nov 1st (RX; HM)

Links, News and Rumors 2022 Nov 1st

The CFP selection committee’s first rankings will be revealed tonight at 7:00 pm ET on ESPN.

From CBS Sports' "The Bottom 25" for this week, here are the P5 teams (with their comments on the ACC teams):

24. Vanderbilt (3-5)
23. Georgia Tech (3-5)
I hope the Yellow Jackets enjoyed their one-week vacation, but they're back following a 41-16 loss to Florida State. This week they get a massive game against No. 21 Virginia Tech. (NR)
21. Virginia Tech (2-6)
Brent Pry's first season in Blacksburg isn't going well, as the Hokies lost to NC State 22-21 despite the Wolfpack being down to their second and third-string QBs. That's five straight losses to the Hokies ahead of this week's showdown against No. 23 Georgia Tech. (24)
15. Boston College (2-6)
Listen, if you're going to lose to UConn, you might as well lose to the best UConn team we've seen in years. The Eagles are bruised and battered and have four rough games left on the schedule. This Friday's game against Duke might be the most winnable of the bunch. (23)



In this Thursday, March 5, 2020, photo, antique clocks are displayed at the Electric Time Company, in Medfield, Massachusetts. Daylight Saving Time 2022 will end Sunday, Nov. 6, as we turn our clocks back one hour. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Daylight Saving Time ends soon: Here’s when you turn your clocks back (PS; Herbert)

When do you turn your clocks back for daylight savings time? Soon, now that Halloween is over.

Daylight Saving Time 2022 ends this Sunday, Nov. 6, at 2 a.m. For most people, that means you should plan on changing your clocks on the night of Saturday, Nov. 5, turning them back a full hour; you’ll “gain” an extra hour of sleep or possibly enjoy another hour out Saturday night.

Computers, TVs and cell phones will automatically update at 2 a.m. but you’ll want to manually set any other clocks back one hour. We always “spring forward” when DST begins and “fall back” when it ends.

Daylight Saving Time, also colloquially referred to as “daylight savings time,” begins on the second Sunday in March and ends the first Sunday of November.

The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York recommends that people replace batteries in their smoke detectors when we switch to and from daylight saving time. The group says that 60 percent of home fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms.

Daylight Saving Time was first established during World War I to conserve fuel for war industries. The law was repealed after WWI ended, but was re-established by Congress during World War II due to energy consumption and became U.S. law in 1966 when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Uniform Time Act, establishing uniform start and end times within standard time zones. The policy, regulated by the Department of Transportation, aims to save energy, reduce traffic fatalities, and reduce crime.

Not all states observe DST. Arizona and Hawaii do not participate in Daylight Saving Time, and multiple bills have been introduced in the New York state legislature to end the changing of clocks in the Empire State.

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