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No recent Cali or Iggy awards; Mr Irrelevant
Aug 15, 2011

Welcome to National Lemon Meringue Pie Day!

National Lemon Meringue Pie Day is dedicated to the popular dessert, lemon meringue pie. Traditionally, the pie has three components: shortcrust pastry, lemon custard filling, and a meringue topping. These components are in this order, with the meringue on top and the pastry crust on the bottom, and there is no top crust. Lemon has been a flavor for custards and puddings since Medieval Times, but it was not until the 17th century that meringue was invented, being done so in the Swiss village of Meiringen. Meringue usually consists of egg yolks, lemon zest, sugar, and sometimes starch. Lemon meringue pie was invented in the 19th century, with early recipes coming from Romandy, a western part of Switzerland, and possibly Dorset in South West England.

SU News

The Potential "Turning Point" Games in Syracuse's Schedule (; Simone)

Before any team’s season, you can usually pick out a few games that you chalk up as wins, some that you figure will be losses and others that are toss ups. That’s certainly the case with Syracuse this fall.

SU faces Colgate, Western Michigan and Army in the first four weeks of the season. Conventional wisdom tells you all three of those games should be wins for the Orange. Conversely, SU takes on Clemson, North Carolina and Florida State consecutively in late September and early October. Those, one would guess, will most likely be losses.

The rest of Syracuse’s games–Purdue, Virginia Tech, Boston College, Georgia Tech and Wake Forest–are all games that Syracuse should at least be competitive in, if not win.

If you look even closer at those toss up games, there are three that particularly stand out. Call them turning point games. Their outcome, at various points in the season, will have a big impact on what happens after. They’re games that could propel Syracuse to greater heights, or sink them away from bowl eligibility.


This is the second straight year that the Boilermakers can be chalked up as a key opponent. Last year, Syracuse won in week three, which was the beginning of SU’s time in the national spotlight on its way to a 6-0 start.

That win sent the Orange to 3-0, a place Dino Babers’ team will likely find itself in again. Assuming Syracuse gets past its first two games against Colgate and Western Michigan, it would have the chance to beat a Big 10 team on the road, a feat that certainly isn’t easy.

Most would pick the Orange to lose, which is fair, but if Syracuse finds a way to win, that can be a game that raises the expectations for the rest of the season.

(youtube; video; ACC DN)

Oronde Gadsden II had a breakout season to be remembered for Syracuse in the 2022 season. The tight end had 61 receptions, six touchdowns, and led all FBS tight ends with 969 receiving yards. His 28 catches of 15 or more yards were tied for eighth in the nation. With the size that makes him a difficult matchup for cornerbacks and the speed and route-running that makes him a hard matchup for safeties and linebackers, he is a matchup nightmare for defenses. Listen to coach Dino Babers, quarterback Garrett Shrader, linebacker Marlowe Wax, and Gadsden himself, talk about what makes him so special and why he makes our list of the Top 25 Returning Players in the ACC.

Keeping Up With The 315 8-14-23 (ESPN; radio; The 315)

Brian Higgins opens the show discussing how the battle for prominence between ESPN and FOX in conference realingment could maybe help Syracuse a little bit. Then, a caller chimes in to vent with Brian about why the new thruway stops are terrible. Finally, Brian gets back to sports by discussing what to make of the addition of Nebraska safety Myles Farmer.

Andy Demetra "The 315" 8-14-23 (ESPN; radio; The 315)

Voice of the Yellow Jackets Andy Demetra joins Brian Higgins to discuss how conference realignment could impact the ACC, expectations for Georgia Tech football under new head coach Brent Key, and more.

Five Syracuse Football Players Named to Award Watch Lists (; Aitken)

It’s that time of year again. Training camps are underway, predictions are being made, and players are being named to award watch lists. For Syracuse football, five players made the cut.

Garrett Shrader

Garrett Shrader actually made two watch lists. The first is for the Davey O’Brien Award, which is handed out to the best quarterback in the nation after each season. 35 signal callers are on the preseason list, which gets cut down throughout the season.

Shrader was also one of two SU players named to the Maxwell Award watch list. The Maxwell Award is for the most outstanding player in college football, with 85 players named on the preseason list.

Last season, Shrader picked up over 3,000 yards passing and rushing, while adding 26 total touchdowns.

Oronde Gadsden II

Gadsden, a preseason All-ACC pick, also made two lists: the Biletnikoff Award, given to the top receiver in the nation regardless of position, as well as the Maxwell Award.

This is Gadsden’s second year on the watch list for the Biletnikoff Award, as he was added mid-season last year. In 2022, he led all tight ends in the nation with 969 yards, so it’s not a surprise to see his name on the list again.

With the Maxwell Award, Gadsden’s addition is important for Syracuse. The Orange are just one of 16 teams in the country to have multiple players on the list.

LeQuint Allen


Syracuse Football: Important and random preview notes for 2023 season (itlh; Fiello)

We are only a couple of weeks away from the start of the college football season, and for Syracuse football fans, that’s September 2nd.

I’ve been doing this now for two years and going into my third season writing here, I’ve tried different things leading up to it. This year I’m going to avoid predicting anything because I believe in this team and think they can win every game. I’ll also avoid breaking down the schedule game by game only because I don’t truly have time to do much research on the opposing teams.

But I will be trying new ideas over the next couple of weeks as my schedule allows. I’m starting with a fun post about some random facts and information that I do know about it. I will spare you my post about why I think they’re going to win every game but will still post only positivity leading up until the ball kicketh off.

So here are some random things that I think are fun to know going into the season starting with a fun fact about our first opponent and fellow CNY university Colgate on September 2nd at the JMA Wireless Dome.

Jordan Raanan "The 315" 8-14-23 (ESPN; radio; The 315)

Giants Reporter for ESPN, Jordan Raanan, joins the show to discuss takeaways from Giants camp and preseason game number one. Plus, is Tommy DeVito going to make the roster?

Syracuse Football: Scouting Orange foes ranked in AP’s preseason top 25 (itlh; Adler)

Three Atlantic Coast Conference teams are in The Associated Press’ preseason top-25 poll, and Syracuse football will face these squads in three-consecutive games during the upcoming 2023 campaign.

The AP’s preseason top 25, unveiled on Monday, puts two-time defending national champion Georgia in the top spot, followed in the top five by Michigan, Ohio State, Alabama and LSU.

Given that the Southeastern Conference and the Big Ten Conference are the two top leagues in college football, it’s no surprise that The AP’s preseason top five consist of groups solely from those two conferences.

The three ACC squads in The AP’s preseason top-25 poll are Florida State at No. 8, Clemson at No. 9 and North Carolina at No. 21. This is almost identical to the preseason Coaches top 25, released last week, where FSU is No. 8, Clemson is No. 9 and North Carolina is No. 20.

Syracuse football will face several preseason nationally ranked teams in 2023.

The preseason AP top 25 also includes four ACC squads that were in the others receiving votes category, and they are Pittsburgh, Louisville, Duke and N.C. State. The Orange’s 2023 docket features a game against the Panthers in the Big Apple, but Syracuse football in the regular season isn’t playing the Cardinals, the Blue Devils or the Wolfpack.

Get to Know Your Orange Man: #10, LB Zyian Moultrie-Goddard (TNIAAM; Ostrowski)

It’s time to start preparing for the upcoming Syracuse Orange football season. We’re going through the roster to take a look at each Syracuse player as we get ready for a critical season for the Orange.

We’ve officially reached the end of the scholarship athletes on this year’s SU football roster, with a couple walk-ons to follow. Last but not least is...

Name: Zyian Moultrie-Goddard

Position: Linebacker

Year: Freshman

Height: 6’0"

Weight: 240 lbs.

Hometown: Bronx, NY

High School: Iona Prep

2023 projections: Like the other freshman linebackers, Goddard's first path to playing time is probably special teams. That being said, his vision and reaction times are arguably the best of the '23s. What caught my eye the most in the highlights is his ability to quickly decipher option plays - that's a must for any interior LB.

How’d he get here?: Zyian had a serious offers list which included Tennessee, Arizona State, Buffalo, UConn, West Virginia, and the service academies. He chose to stay close to home.

Coaches facing heat in 2023 include Babers and Hafley (PS; AP)

The silly season in college football, that time when coaches get fired and hired, seems to never stop.

The dismissal of Pat Fitzgerald by Northwestern after an investigation into hazing in the program kicked off this year’s carousel.

College administrators are also embracing the quick hook more than ever before. Last year, there were five coaching changes between the first games and Oct. 3.

Who is in danger of being this season’s Scott Frost or Geoff Collins? There are hot spots to varying degrees at West Virginia, Indiana, Syracuse, Missouri and Boston College.

Results on the field matter, but the other major factors are how much it will cost to buyout a contract and whether the athletic director currently in charge hired that coach. Six situations worth monitoring:

NEAL BROWN, West Virginia (22-25 record, four seasons)

The pandemic year, the loosening of transfer rules, the NCAA lifting a ban on players being paid for endorsements and conference realignment have changed the landscape of college football.

Not all programs have been impacted the same way.

Not to make excuses for Brown, but the Mountaineers’ failure to launch under him is in part because the job changed and not for the better. When new AD Wren Baker arrived last last season, giving Brown another season to prove it was an acknowledgment of that reality, at least in part. Also, Brown would have been owed $17 million, a buyout number that drops by about $4 million after this season.

The problem for Brown is similar to what Collins faced in a make-or-break season at Georgia Tech last year.

West Virginia has a brutal early schedule with nonconference games against Penn State and Pitt and conference games against Texas Tech and TCU — all before October.

Baker’s patience and desire to save money amid fan discontent could be tested.

TOM ALLEN, Indiana (30-40, seven seasons)

The feel-good seasons of 2019 and 2020 under Allen, who has a fiery Ted Lasso vibe, has not been sustainable for the Hoosiers. Allen’s buyout is around $20 million even if he’s fired after the season.

On one hand, that could push Indiana to have a some patience if the Hoosiers can cobble together a respectable season.

On the other, Indiana opens at Ohio State, plays Louisville two weeks later and is at Maryland on Sept. 30 and Michigan on Oct. 14. If it’s going to cost a fortune either way to fire Allen, a bad first half could seal the deal.

ELI DRINKWITZ, Missouri (17-19, three seasons)

Drinkwitz got a two-year extension and a raise in the offseason from AD Desiree Reed-Francois, who did not hire him. Notably the new deal didn’t increase the cost for Missouri to fire Drinkwitz after this season.

Mizzou would still by on the hook for about $20 million after this season if it cuts loose Drinkwitz, whose teams have been neither terrible nor particularly good.

Expectations are not unreasonably high. A 6-6 regular-season against a tough schedule that includes Georgia, LSU and Tennessee in the SEC and nonconference games against Kansas State and Memphis could be enough to justify patience.

JEFF HAFLEY, Boston College (15-20, three years)

Hafley’s first two seasons — including 6-5 during the pandemic year — hinted that BC might have found a gem in the former Ohio State defensive coordinator with NFL experience.

There wasn’t much improvement in Year 2 and the bottom fell out last season (3-9) with injuries and portal departures leaving the Eagles with nothing close to ACC-level depth.

Boston College has become a harder job in the portal/NIL era but that will only buy Hafley so much extra slack. What might, though, is a contract that runs though 2026. As a private school, BC doesn’t release financial details, but it is safe to say picking up the last three years of the deal would put BC on the hook for at least $10 million.

The schedule also presents an opportunity for six wins and even five might be enough for Hafley to get another season. BC athletic director Blake James didn’t hire Hafley, but has a reputation for being patient.

Something to watch: BC in Week 2 faces Holy Cross, an FCS schools in Worcester, Massachusetts, that has been rolling under fifth-year coach Bob Chesney.

DINO BABERS, Syracuse (36-49, seven seasons)

Babers has had two winning seasons in upstate New York.

Syracuse has become a tough place to win, but it is reasonable for Orange fans to wonder if this is as good as its gets under Babers, whose contract is believed to run through 2024. The school is also not obligated to release contracts.

Also working against Babers: Few if any top-tier jobs are expected to come open this year. Could be a buyers’ market for Syracuse.

Group of individuals all standing together

Otto alumni from classes '91 through '23 came from all over the county to celebrate Otto this weekend during the festivities in Whiting, Indiana. Photos by Julie Walas and Otto the Orange.

Otto the Orange Inducted into Mascot Hall of Fame - Syracuse University Athletics (

Congratulations Otto! On Aug. 12, in a ceremony at the Mascot Hall of Fame in Whiting, Indiana, Otto the Orange was inducted as part of the Mascot Hall of Fame Class of 2023.

Otto is now among 29 Mascot Hall of Fame inductees, only nine college mascot inductees and the first Atlantic Coast Conference inductee. Joining Otto as a 2023 inductee was Slugger the Sea Dog from Portland, Maine. During the ceremony, Julie Walas '07, mascot coach of the Otto program, and Ben Youngerman '09, former Otto performer and team captain, introduced Otto to the crowd gathered to celebrate as Otto accepted their Hall of Fame ring.

"We send a huge Otto high-five to each of the thousands of Syracuse Orange fans who cast votes from every corner of the globe! The most votes of any Mascot Hall of Fame nominee this year," said Walas during the ceremony.

The day included a fan fest celebration, with an official ring ceremony. Fans were able to enjoy live entertainment by the Chicago Bulls DJ, DJ Riel; a kid zone; local vendors; meet and greets; autographs; giveaways and more.

"It's the one-on-one interactions that have made Otto beloved around the world to every person that meets our favorite character," said Youngerman during the ceremony. Fans in attendance were able to celebrate one-on-one with Otto all day.

For those who could not join the celebration in Indiana, fans will be able to get their photo with Otto and their championship ring during the tailgate at upcoming Syracuse Orange football games and especially during Orange Central weekend.

"Otto is a bright, smiling face in a sometimes dark and scary world. Otto is pure joy rolled up into a four-foot ball. An orange best friend for everyone, no matter who you are. That's why Otto is a Mascot Hall of Famer," said Walas.

The 3 biggest issues SU sports faces this decade (podcast) (PS; podcast; Axe)

Hello, friends.

I’m excited to announce “Syracuse Sports,” a new podcast that will cater to die-hard Orange fans.

Episodes will focus on the coaches, athletes, games and issues local sports fans are most passionate about.

The show will be packed with analysis, insight and opinions on Orange basketball and football that listeners have come to expect from me over 25 years as a leading sports commentator in the region.

I’ll be joined by a rotating cast of guests that include the award-winning staff at | The Post-Standard, former Syracuse athletes and high-wattage names in the national media.

Get to Know Your Orange Man: DB Myles Farmer (TNIAAM; Wall)

Up next is….

Name: Myles Farmer

Position: Defensive Back

Year: Redshirt-Junior

Height: 6’3”

Weight: 200 lbs.

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

High school/Previous College: Westlake/Nebraska

2022 stats: Made eleven starts at safety for Nebraska last season. Finished with 73 tackles and one interception last season. Had four career interceptions in his career with the Cornhuskers.

2023 projections: Farmer was suspended by Matt Rhule in late July and entered the transfer portal as a graduate transfer. He joins Syracuse a week into camp but he’ll add experience and depth to the revamped Orange secondary. It wouldn’t be a surprise if he’s earned a starting position in the first month of the season.

'Master of his craft' | Why Latavius Murray stands out as an outlier among modern day NFL running backs (

Latavius Murray has never been this close to home in the decade-plus he's spent in the NFL.
Growing up in Nedrow, NY, a town outside the heart of Syracuse, Murray has a reinvigorated look about him since joining the Bills this offseason.

"It means a lot to be so close to home and so close to where I grew up and played childhood ball," Murray said after a Bills training camp practice in Rochester. "It's just a full circle experience."

Murray, 33, is a well-versed traveler in the NFL running back landscape. At 1,481 career carries, he's received 543 of them with the Raiders, 356 with the Vikings, 303 with the Saints, 119 with the Ravens and 106 with the Broncos.

At this stage of his career, Murray is an outlier among modern day NFL running backs. In 2022, he was the only player 32 or older to receive at least 150 carries. His 6,252 total rushing yards since 2014 rank fifth most among active RBs, joining the likes of Derrick Henry, Nick Chubb and Zeke Elliott.

ACC News

Why expanding from coast to coast wasn't a good idea for Clemson, ACC (; Keepfer)

It took a while, but the realignment merry-go-round appears to be grinding to a merciful stop, at least temporarily.

The ACC was a tardy arrival to the conference expansion party, and the league’s last-ditch effort to join in on the fun was a bit misguided to say the least.

After two days of discussions focused on the possibility of bringing Pac-12 remnants Stanford and Cal into the fold — and potentially even SMU from the American Athletic Conference — the ACC said no.

Well, at least enough members of the ACC said no. Clemson reportedly was joined by Florida State, NC State and North Carolina in casting “nay” votes, meaning the 15-team league fell one vote shy of the 12 required for the 75% majority necessary to expand.

Notre Dame, which enjoys the spoils of playing ACC opponents and competing for league championships in all sports except football — unless there’s a worldwide pandemic, of course — voted for adopting Stanford and Cal.

Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick explained to ESPN his reasoning thusly: “The notion that two of the very best academic institutions in the world who also play DI sports could be abandoned in this latest chapter of realignment is an indictment of college athletics.”

That may be true, but there are many more noteworthy indictments of college athletics, with the relentless pursuit of more money at the crux of them all.

Scouting the ACC: North Carolina (; Berman)

COACH: Mack Brown (274-144-1 in 34 seasons, including 99-68-1 in two stints combined at UNC)
2022 RECORD: 9-5, 6-2 (Coastal Division champ)

2022 BOWL: lost to Oregon 28-27 in Holiday Bowl
RETURNING STARTERS: 6 on offense, 7 on defense

KEY PLAYERS: QB Drake Maye, WR Tez Walker, C Corey Graynor, LB Cedric Gray, LB Power Echols, P Ben Kiernan
KEY LOSSES: WR Josh Downs, WR Antoine Green, OT Asim Richards, DT Raymond Vohasek, CB Storm Duck

MACK BROWN ON LAST SEASON: "We had a really good season for North Carolina. Nine wins, division championship, playing in the ACC championship game. We lost three games on the last play of the game. Clemson was better than we were [in the ACC title game], but we turned the ball over three times and had a field goal blocked. That's a good year. We want to have a great year. What we've got to do is do little things better to make sure that we can win all the games instead of nine."

BROWN ON NEW OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR CHIP LINDSEY: "We'd run the Air Raid offense, it was good. We didn't want to change the passing game. We wanted to tweak it, we didn't want to change it. But we had to get back to a better running game. The last two years we've been middle of the road [running the ball] and that's not good enough. Chip was the perfect hire from my standpoint because he loves the Air Raid offense. At the same time, he brings a better running game than we've had."

ESPN's FPI predicts ACC champion in 2023 - Saturday Road (; Peterson)

ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI) views the ACC as a two-horse race in 2023.

Clemson is the overwhelming favorite to win the conference title this upcoming season. The predictive model gives the Tigers a 53.6% chance to win the ACC.

Florida State is the second-most likely champion. Despite entering the new campaign as a top-five team in most preseason polls, FPI gives the Seminoles only a 23.7% chance of winning the ACC.

North Carolina’s percentage chance of claiming the conference title sits at 7% while no other team is above 4%.

Clemson won the title last season with a 39-10 thrashing of the Tar Heels. After Pitt and Wake Forest played for the championship in 2021 — ending a string of six consecutive ACC championships for Clemson — the Tigers made it back to the game and won their seventh in eight years.
... (; Hladik)

The future of the ACC has been in flux, and Florida State has made it clear it is unhappy with the current state of the league.

However, the Seminoles don't appear to be on the verge of leaving the conference, according to Action Network's Brett least not yet.

"Florida State has not scheduled a Board of Regents meeting for Tuesday, the deadline to notify the ACC if a team is leaving before 2024 season," McMurphy tweeted. "FSU's board must approve any membership change, so the Seminoles will remain in ACC … for now."

McMurphy's report comes after the latest round of conference realignment left the Pac-12 gutted and the Big Ten more robust than ever.

It also comes after Drew Weatherford, former Florida State quarterback and current member of the university's Board of Trustees, caused a stir with his comments earlier this month about the school's future in the ACC.

Banter: What’s the Realignment End Game for Boston College and the ACC? (; Staff)

Curtis: College conference realignment was going crazy last week and it all seemed to culminate on Wednesday night when the ACC rejected a proposal to add Stanford, Cal, and SMU to the conference. Are you happy, heartbroken, or don’t really care?

Arthur: So I’m all of the above. On the one hand, I’m happy because it felt like trying to put a square peg in a round hole. Cal, Stanford and SMU are all way outside the geographic footprint of the ACC, and would have taken a toll on the athletes going to and from those schools. It may have been fine for football (and even that I’m not sure about) but the Olympic sports would have definitely suffered.

On the other hand, I’m sad. The ACC is sitting complacent at a time where the college football world is remaking itself. You have one school very much vocally stating that it’s trying to get out of the conference, and another one in Notre Dame saying it would like to see those schools join. It feels like allowing Stanford and Cal to join would at a bare minimum could have helped keep the conference competitive, all while keeping the tradition of strong academics alive. SMU was meh but they’d literally be playing for free to have a seat at the table. So it feels like a missed opportunity.

And I also don’t care because this has been so unpredictable and it feels like we don’t know what the next steps will be, so who knows if this will work out in the end. Also none of this actually matters, cosmically speaking so why should we care?

It’s also worth noting that Cal and Stanford are both schools rich in tradition and a lot of football people are landing the fact that the music appears to be stopping without those two schools having a chair, and that’s really unfortunate. This realignment stuff serves no one except executives.

Curtis: You make a lot of good points. These three schools obviously aren’t what you’d dream of as additions to the ATLANTIC coast conference. But the eventual departure of FSU, Clemson, etc will come one day, and what will be your choices to expand then? Tulane? UConn? It’s unfortunate that they cannot act now and see which way the wind is blowing.

Arthur: I mean I get it. It doesn’t fit in the geographic footprint. But they need to look around (look around!). Sorry, the song from Hamilton started playing in my head.

Grant: Look around, look around, at how lucky we are to have a Grant Of Rights right now...

Arthur: This is why we’re friends Grant. But yeah, everyone else had geographic footprints. But the winds of change are moving away from that. Stanford and Cal could have been great insulators, and are legit names. It feels like the ACC is ok with them going elsewhere. I don’t get it.

Ranking the programs that best fit the ACC for conference realignment (usatoday)

Conference realignment has been the talk of college athletics again this summer with the Big Ten adding Oregon and Washington. Hours later, the Pac-12 suffered a few more losses with Arizona, Arizona State and Utah leaving for the Big 12.

There are only four teams left in the Pac-12 with both the Big Ten and Big 12 adding more programs to compete with the SEC.

Then there’s the ACC. The conference has added teams in the past but at this stage, there appears to be some frustrations with revenue sharing as Florida State has expressed interest in leaving. And they aren’t the only ones.

In the past, there was a report of 7 teams that were exploring the option of leaving the conference. If that were to happen, the ACC would be in dangerous waters.

So how about adding? The conference did have talks of adding both Cal and Stanford together. Then there was talk of adding SMU as well to expand the conference even more. While talks have broken down as of now thanks to four programs, the option is still there and it would take one of those programs switching their mind to happen.

With that, here are the top five options that have been discussed now and even in recent memory, ranking them that best fit the conference.

5. Cal

As a West Coast program that hasn’t had much success recently in basketball or football, Cal is near the bottom on this list. The ACC has expressed interest in adding Cal and Stanford as they appear to be a target early on but nothing about this really makes sense.

4. Stanford

Another program that has drawn interest from the ACC is Stanford which is one of four remaining teams in the Pac-12. Stanford’s academics are excellent and they have found success in football over the past decade or so. They would be a more intriguing option than Cal or the other remaining Pac-12 programs.

3. SMU

A program that popped up in talks last week was SMU. After the ACC had talks about Stanford and Cal, the Mustangs were brought into conversations with the option of adding all three. Personally, SMU has more value than the other two in the ‘package’ providing a big market with Dallas and also a solid football program.

2. UConn

There haven’t been any reports at all about UConn joining a new conference but they make sense from the standpoint of location. They also have a premier basketball program that would make up for the poor football program. It’s wishful thinking but would be a big add for the conference.

1. West Virginia

This one seems like a no-brainer. There have been reports in the past that the ACC would love to add West Virginia if they ever expanded. With talks of adding more programs again here in 2023, the Mountaineers were brought up again in a report by ESPN’s David Hale. West Virginia is the program that makes the most sense geographically but the roadblock for them would be revenue which wouldn’t be more than the Big 12. This would be a tough one to pull off.
... (SI; McAllister)

College football expert picks, predictions for Week 0 highlighted by Notre Dame vs Navy and San Jose State at USC.

I have by asked to be one of the experts picking college football games each week for this season. Week zero is right around the corner, less than two weeks away, so below are my picks for those respective games. The goal is to pick 20-plus games each week, though week zero has substantially fewer as most do not play until week one. I will also provide my picks here. Each game listed will have a link attached (click the game header) where you can view all expert picks if desired.

Note: An asterisk indicates that team will win but not cover the spread. Nothing after the team picked indicates the team will win and cover.
Line: Notre Dame -20, o/u 50.5
My Pick: Notre Dame
Line: Jacksonville State -1, o/u 52
My Pick: UTEP
Line: New Mexico State -8, o/u 44.5
My Pick: New Mexico State
Line: San Diego State -3, o/u 49.5
My Pick: San Diego State
Line: Vanderbilt -18, o/u 55.5
My Pick: Vanderbilt*
Line: USC -30.5, o/u 64.5
My Pick: USC
Line: Louisiana Tech -10, o/u 59.5
My Pick: Louisiana Tech*

2023 Season Countdown (RX; HM)

2023 Season Countdown

Countdown to kickoff the
2023 ACC Football season:
17d 11h 40m 58s

Posted 19 hours ago by
Hokie Mark

Factoids: Pat Forde, SI, 2023 Aug 3rd (RX; HM)

Factoids: Pat Forde, SI, 2023 Aug 3rd

From SI's Forty Observations About the 2023 College Football Schedule, here are some ACC nuggets:

1. Strength of schedule will be cussed and discussed all season, so let’s start with some information about which schools are challenging themselves outside the league and which ones are not. Schools playing 11 Power 5 conference opponents/Notre Dame: Purdue, Pittsburgh, Louisville, West Virginia, Utah and Colorado. Of that group, Pitt and Louisville have scheduled three nonconference games against power opponents. Pitt is playing Cincinnati (new to the club), West Virginia and Notre Dame; Louisville is playing Indiana, Notre Dame and Kentucky.
2. Boston College is the lone P5 team playing just eight power-conference opponents. Outside the Atlantic Coast Conference schedule, the Eagles will face Northern Illinois, Holy Cross, Army and Connecticut. Six other schools will play zero non-league opponents from power conferences but have nine league games: Michigan, Oklahoma, Central Florida, Houston, Oregon State and UCLA. The Wolverines and Bruins were originally scheduled to play this year, but Michigan bought out the two-year series.
3. Among the above teams, these are the average 2022 Sagarin ratings of their ’23 nonconference opponents: Boston College, 119th; Michigan, 109th; Oklahoma, 66th; Central Florida, 113th; Houston, 126th; Oregon State, 95th; and UCLA, 125th.
9. Hardest October: Syracuse will play no home games in the month. It will be at North Carolina, at Florida State, have an open date and then play at Virginia Tech. Honorable mention: Indiana will visit both Michigan and Penn State; Ohio State has Penn State and Wisconsin in consecutive weeks; Wake Forest will play both Clemson and Florida State, with Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh in between; Tennessee will host Texas A&M and visit both Alabama and Kentucky.

2023 Preseason AP Poll (RX; HM)

2023 Preseason AP Poll

You know the season is getting close when the AP poll comes out.

AP Top 25
3Ohio State
7Penn State
8Florida State
13Notre Dame
16Kansas State
18Oregon State
21North Carolina
22Ole Miss
23Texas A&M
Others receiving votes:
26Texas Tech
27South Carolina
31Boise State
39tMiss State
43tCoastal Carolina
46tJames Madison
46tNC State
46tSouth Alabama


Introducing ALL-IN-1, a New Smart Ticket Experience - Wake Forest University Athletics (

This is something we should do too...

Paciolan, Wake Forest's ticketing partner, has launched a new smart ticket experience called "ALL-IN-1" for the 2023-24 athletics year, starting this fall at Allegacy Federal Credit Union Stadium as well as all other Wake Forest athletic venues.

ALL-IN-1 is a smart ticket that will simplify your digital wallet by consolidating your entire sports season, series of performances, or set of shows into a single pass. Season ticket, mini plan, or series purchasers will now only have to download one mobile ticket per seat that will automatically update to the event in their plan. That means season ticket holders can download their mobile ticket once for the entire season and never worry about cellular connectivity at the gate again!

ALL-IN-1 tickets are available to download to your mobile wallet at as any other mobile ticket would be. You can determine if a ticket is an ALL-IN-1 pass by the logo in the upper right hand corner of the pass.

You can learn more about the ALL-IN-1 pass here, or contact the Wake Forest ticket office at for any questions you may have about your account.



A rack of cooked chicken ready to serve at Baker's Chicken Coop at the NYS Fair. Baker's Chicken Coop closed in 2021, but its former neighbor, Bosco's, continues to serve a sandwich and the marinade it made popular.

NYS Fair Food Hall of Fame #6: A favorite that's gone but not forgotten (PS; Cazentre)

Call it Baker’s Chicken. Call it Cornell Chicken. Call it a New York State Fair classic.

Just don’t call it strictly a relic of the past.

The iconic A-frame stand that housed Baker’s Chicken Coop no longer anchors Restaurant Row at the fairgrounds. It closed in 2021 after serving its signature chicken for 70 years.

But the legacy of Baker’s Chicken places it at No. 6 on our New York State Fair Food Hall of Fame.

Stacey Waterman, longtime manager at the Chevy Court music stage, ranked Baker’s Chicken No. 1 on her list of top fair foods, and among those she called the “OG’s (Original Greats).”

And the legend lives on: Bosco’s at the Fair will once again this year offer a Baker’s Chicken Sandwich at its stand, which occupies space next to what had been Baker’s coop. Bosco’s will also sell jars of the famed Baker’s chicken marinade. (Bosco’s, by the way, should get an honorable mention for its own signature state fair dish, Potatoes O’Riely).

“We’re happy to help keep the tradition alive,” owner Steve Bosco said.

The story of Baker’s Chicken begins with Robert Baker. He was a professor at Cornell University’s agriculture school who devised the marinade back in the 1940s as as a way to promote chicken sales. (He also invented the chicken nugget.).

The sauce, a mix of cider vinegar, egg and seasoning, has since become a staple at firemen’s field days and backyard barbecues across Central New York, although many who use it may not know its origin.

"Miguel Wants To Fight," the eighth Hulu Original Film shot by American High in the Syracuse area, is a coming of age comedy about a 17-year-old who asks his three best friends to help him get in his first fight ever before he moves to a new city. David (Christian Vunipola), Cass (Imani Lewis), Miguel (Tyler Dean Flores) and Srini (Suraj Partha), shown. (Photo by: Brett Roedel/Hulu)

Want to see Syracuse on the big screen? American High invites you to see newest movie (PS; Herbert)

American High is inviting the Central New York community to celebrate its newest movie shot in the Syracuse area.

Miguel Wants to Fight” will premiere Wednesday, Aug. 16, exclusively on Hulu. However, you can still see it on the big screen when American High hosts a special in-person screening Friday, Aug. 18, at its headquarters in Liverpool, N.Y.

The fun begins at 7 p.m. with food trucks and mingling outside the Syracuse Studios building (the former A.V. Zogg Middle School and Liverpool high school) located at 800 4th Street in Liverpool. The movie will then be shown in the auditorium around 8 p.m.; attendees may bring food from the food trucks inside for the event.

RSVP is required online at "Miguel Wants To Fight" Screening or via americanhigh | Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok | Linktree.

Admission is free, but a $5 donation is suggested for The Academy at American High, the film production company’s 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and trade school. (For more information about classes and internships, visit

Parking is available on-site, though carpooling is encouraged as a greener and more efficient option.

Fans unable to attend in-person can still join the fun through a virtual watch party Saturday, Aug. 19, starting at 8 p.m. via Teleparty. RSVP at the same link to receive information about joining the virtual screening.


The Mega-Monsters Tour: Mastodon & Gojira w/ special guest Lorna Shore at the War Memorial in Syracuse

Metal monsters Gojira and Mastodon shake War Memorial to its foundation (review) (PS; photo gallery; McCarthy)

Gojira and Mastodon opened up some serious mosh pits on the floor of the Oncenter War Memorial Sunday evening, delivering a four-hour mania of metal.

The floor was buzzing throughout opener Lorna Shore’s set, as many fans crowd-surfed, moshed, and banged their heads to the screaming songs. As the openers finished at 7:45 p.m., a massive black veil the width of the stage descended from the ceiling to the floor, bearing Gojira’s splattered logo in huge white letters. At 8 p.m., audience chants for these metal masters from France surged, then all at once, the curtain came down, and the flames went up.

Three vertical flamethrowers on each side of the stage alternated between vomiting columns of fire and spewing huge fireballs, a real spectacle in an indoor venue. The band’s sound was just as bright and intense, inspiring even more raucous activity from fans on the floor before the stage, some of whom crowd-surfed to the point of removal by security.

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