No recent Cali or Iggy awards; Mr Irrelevant
- Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to Dream Day Quest & Jubilee Day!
On August 28, 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., Martin Luther King Jr. gave what would come to be known as his "I Have A Dream" speech. King's speech was a call to America to live up to the words of its founding documents, a longing for a dream of racial harmony, and an appeal for freedom to ring out from every part of the country. The speech was part of The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, an event calling for economic and social justice for African Americans, in which about 250,000 people of many races and creeds participated. The day is credited for helping to spur on civil rights legislation, which culminated in the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In June of 1963, President Kennedy had announced he would push for civil rights legislation, and the leaders of the march met with the President following the march. Dream Day Quest and Jubilee commemorates this day, and is the third of three annual Emancipation Days of Respect, days "created to promote unity, respect, and remembrance." The first, Humanitarian Day, takes place on Dr. King's birthday, and the second, Victims of Violence Day Wholly Day, takes place on the anniversary of Dr. King's assassination.
https://www.si.com/college/syracuse/football/syracuse-football-2023-record-predictions (SI; Staff)
The All Syracuse staff predicts Syracuse football's regular season record for the 2023 campaign.
7-5, 2nd straight bowl game and a Mayo or Military Bowl Appearance
With one of the most experienced QBs in the league and lots of production returning on both sides, this SU squad ends the November hiccups that have perpetually tripped up Babers in his tenure. They do not snag that crucial early swing game with Hudson Card winning that matchup against Garrett Shrader, but they feast on the backend of the schedule against those mid-tier ACC teams with all five teams after the FSU game having first time starters.
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7-5 Record & Bowl Game Appearance
Syracuse reaches back-to-back seasons with a bowl game appearance for the first time in a decade. Like last season, the Orange will come out of the gates red hot and hit some turbulence at the beginning of the conference slate. However, learning from last year's second half of the season, Syracuse will turn the tides winning three of their last four games to ensure a winning season.
7-5 Record & Bowl Game Appearance
I have Syracuse starting the season 4-0, losing three straight to Clemson (though a close one), at North Carolina and at Florida State before beating Virginia Tech and going 2-2 against Boston College, Pittsburgh, Georgia Tech and Wake Forest. I wrestled with predicting 8-4, because I think this team is capable of that, but I went conservative and picked 7-5. The key to me is two fold. Health, in particular with Garrett Shrader, and the play of the offensive line.
Record: 9-3 with their second straight bowl appearance.
If there is one thing the ACC loves to do, it is to doubt Syracuse. With the mix of experienced players and high-level transfers they can put together a special season. As long as Shrader can hold down the pass game and LeQuint Allen fills the large shoes left by Sean Tucker that most people believe he is capable of doing, the JMA Dome will be one of the hardest home stadiums to play at this season.
https://www.si.com/college/syracuse/football/syracuse-football-2023-season-preview (SI; McAllister)
Syracuse football is set to embark on the 2023 season that impact the program for years to come. The Orange is coming off of a 7-6 2022 campaign. In 2023, Syracuse is looking for back to back bowl games for the first time in a decade and back to back winning regular seasons for the first time in 22 years.
Back is quarterback Garrett Shrader, ready to lead the offense for the third straight season. With a new running back but returning weapons at wide receiver and tight end, the Orange is looking to be one of the best offenses in the ACC this season.
Defensively, the 3-3-5 scheme remains but under different leadership. Tony White left for Nebraska, and Syracuse replaced him with the Godfather of the 3-3-5, Rocky Long. Despite losing several key players from 2022, the defense is expected to be really good this season. There is appears to be more talent and depth throughout the roster on paper, but questions still remain especially on the defensive line.
https://www.si.com/college/syracuse/football/instant-impact-freshmen-2023 (SI; McAllister)
Here are four true freshmen who could make an impact for Syracuse football this season.
1. Ike Daniels
The talented running back has impressed during training camp and split time with the twos as well. With Syracuse expected to rotate its running backs this season, Daniels is in prime position to earn touches. If how he performs in practice translates to the games, Daniels has the potential to be an offensive weapon right away.
2. Rashard Perry
One of Syracuse's most underrated recruits in the 2023 recruiting class, Perry comes in with a body that looks more physically mature than most true freshmen. He is listed at 6-3, 278 and is expected to play tackle. With that position needing depth, look for Perry to possibly crack the rotation. If he does, with his combination of strength and athleticism, he could pose problems for opposing linemen.
3. David Clement
The freshman tight end has impressed during training camp, showing soft hands as a receiver and a physical nature as a blocker. His ability to block is what will get him on the field. Do not be surprised if he is in the game in heavy formations and goal line situations.
4. Muwaffaq Parkman
Parkman comes to Syracuse as one of the fastest players in his recruiting class. That speed is what could get Parkman on the field in various ways right away. Perhaps as a returner or as a change of pace back offensively, Parkman is a big play waiting to happen.
https://www.si.com/college/syracuse/football/syracuse-football-breakout-candidates (SI; McAllister)
With Syracuse football set to embark on the 2023 season beginning on Saturday, here are five players who could breakout this year.
1. LeQuint Allen
The man taking over for Sean Tucker showed flashes of dynamic ability in the Pinstripe Bowl. Now as the full time starter, he could become one of the Orange's most reliable weapons. Expecting a 1,000 yard season may be a bit much as Syracuse is looking to use more of a rotation this season, but he should still be a very productive back who can impact the game on the ground or as a receiver.
2. Damien Alford
I feel like Alford has been a breakout candidate for the last couple of years, but it has not happened yet. If he is going to become a big time receiving threat, as his physique and talent suggests he is capable of being, now is the time. With a veteran quarterback and elite receiving threat that should leave him with single coverage quite a bit, this is the year Alford needs to step up.
3. Alijah Clark
The former four star recruit got his feet wet last year as a starter still adjusting to being at Syracuse and playing in the 3-3-5. With a year under his belt after a solid debut in 2022, Clark is poised for a big season as a leader in the secondary. With Ja'Had Carter gone via the transfer portal, the Orange needs someone to step up as a playmaking safety. Clark has the talent to do just that.
https://www.si.com/college/syracuse/football/three-biggest-questions-facing-syracuse-football (SI: McAllister)
Here are the three biggest questions facing Syracuse football as the 2023 season is set to begin on Saturday.
1. How Will New Coordinators Fare?
Syracuse replaced both coordinators this offseason as Robert Anae left for NC State while Tony White departed for Nebraska. In their place, Syracuse promoted Jason Beck to offensive coordinator from quarterbacks coach while the Orange hired Rocky Long as leader of the defense. Long has extensive experience leading defenses as one of the Godfathers of the scheme. This will be Beck's first time calling plays at the power five level. How each does in their first season as play callers at Syracuse will have a huge impact on success this year.
2. Can Syracuse Stay Healthy?
Injuries have been an issue for years, but have specifically derailed the last two seasons when quarterback Garrett Shrader got hurt midseason. He has missed time in each of the last two years, and played through injuries down the stretch as well that significantly hindered his effectiveness. That, along with losing other key starters on both sides of the ball, are why the Orange seems to fade after Halloween. A healthy 2023, much like Syracuse was in 2018, could mean a strong season is on the horizon.
3. Will the Offensive Line Hold Up?
If you look at a common theme the last few times Syracuse has made a bowl game, it has been a solid or better offensive line. When the offensive line has had major issues, so does the team as a whole. The Orange lost three starters from last year's squad, including left tackle Matthew Bergeron, who was selected in the second round by the Atlanta Falcons in the NFL Draft. If Syracuse is to get where it wants this season, those replacing the departed starters much step up.
Who’s next? SU football’s 2024 class shows an uptick in a key recruiting territory (PS; $; Leiker)
With high school football seasons across the country underway or soon to begin, Syracuse football might be in the most comfortable position it’s been in, in years at this point in the recruiting cycle.
Syracuse’s 17 verbal commits, as of this publication, are nearly two times as many as the Orange had in its 2023 class by mid-August last year.
And, the class is heavy on prospects in a key recruiting battleground.
Six of the team’s commitments are from New Jersey.
The class currently ranks No. 48 in the country and No. 11 in the ACC, according to the 247Sports Composite, which averages rankings from a number of major recruiting sites.
Syracuse peaked around the mid-30s in the national rankings near the end of June as an active recruiting period wrapped up. SU hasn’t had a Top-30 class since 2001, when it finished No. 29 in the country.
Here’s a look at each member of the 2024 class. All mentioned rankings are from the 247Sports Composite unless otherwise noted.
QB Jakhari Williams, First Presbyterian Day School (Macon, Georgia)
For the second-straight summer, Syracuse’s recruiting class is headlined by a four-star quarterback from the South. Williams committed to the Orange on June 25 and is the only QB in the class — SU needs to make sure he signs his National Letter of Intent this December.
Williams (6-foot-3, 190 pounds) is ranked as the No. 29 quarterback prospect in the country.
He was one of two quarterbacks named to the Georgia Independent Athletic Association’s 4A All-State team. According to stats listed on 247Sports, Williams threw for 2,384 yards and rushed for another 1,018 in 2022.
TE Jamie Tremble, Wesleyan School (Norcross, Georgia)
Tremble could elevate to a four-star — he’s already one by 247Sports — in his senior season but is currently a three-star by 247′s composite. He’s listed as the No. 22 tight end in the country.
He seems positioned to be the next Oronde Gadsden, at least from a usage perspective, as he also plays wide receiver.
Tremble had 1,021 receiving yards and 11 receiving touchdowns last season, according to his Hudl page and was named the Region 7-AAA Offensive Player of the Year. And he comes from a football family: His older brother, Tommy Tremble, plays tight end for the Carolina Panthers, and his father was a defensive back at Georgia.
Syracuse Football Preview: Wide Receivers and Tight Ends (waer.org; Weintraub)
Syracuse’s 2022-23 passing offense ranked about as close to the middle of the pack nationally as possible (67 out of 131 teams). But while some may view the Orange’s aerial attack as painstakingly average, it showed major growth from the 2021-22 season, where they finished 123rd.
Following that abysmal campaign throwing the ball, SU hired UVA Quarterbacks coach Jason Beck to the same position, and the change paid dividends for Syracuse’s signal caller Garrett Shrader. The Mississippi State transfer nearly doubled his passing yards and touchdowns while upping his completion percentage by 25%.
As a result of Shrader’s growth, SU’s pass catchers saw significantly more opportunities. After not having a single receiver eclipse 400 yards in 2021, three did so last season. Now, with Beck having been promoted to offensive coordinator and Shrader returning for 2023, the Orange aim to take another leap as a passing offense – and they may have the weapons to do it.
Oronde Gadsden II
Though he’s listed as a tight end, Gadsden possesses the skills of a wide receiver and is an absolute matchup nightmare. With a 6’5, 216 pound frame, the junior is too tall to cover with a cornerback but too agile to be guarded by a linebacker or safety. This mismatch was on full display last season, as the Ft. Lauderdale native led the Orange in all three major receiving categories enroute to a First Team All-ACC nod.
Gadsden operates primarily out of the slot and has a knack for finding soft spots in the defense. His ability to get open coupled with his elite size made Gadsden a security blanket for Garrett Shrader. In fact, SU’s leading receiver was targeted 38 more times than the next most passed-to option. Gadsden is the Orange’s sole representative on the All-ACC Preseason Team, and is poised to be the alpha among Syracuse pass-catchers.
This giant German has only six receptions in his career, but plays a pivotal role for SU’s blocking schemes, particularly in the run game. It could be fair to assume Mang will assume a larger receiving role in his junior year, but expect his bread and butter to remain as a blocker.
A once-quarterback transfer from Michigan, Villari played the final three games of 2022 as a tight end and made the official switch this offseason. The redshirt sophomore has prototypical size for the position (6’4. 237 pounds) and will look to work his way up the depth chart in his first full-go in the new role.
Simply put, Damien Alford is a big play waiting to happen. The lanky, 6’6 Canadian is an ideal X-receiver and averaged over 20 yards per reception last year as SU’s primary deep threat. This go-around, Alford’s continuous improvement from year to year can continue with the departures of DaVaughn Cooper (graduated) and Courtney Jackson (transferred). The junior enters this season as the Orange’s clear WR1 and should play a pivotal role in vertically stretching the field.
Pena may be best known for his duties in the return game, as he led the ACC in kickoff return average in 2022. But in his sophomore year, the undersized-but-shifty Pena put up career numbers on offense and is the Orange’s 3rd leading returning receiver. So in short, Pena has set himself up to be a valuable Swiss-army knife for SU in 2023.
2018 feels like an eon ago, but in that year (Adams’ senior season in high school), the Florida native was an U.S. Army All-American that committed to Florida State. Things didn’t work out in Tallahassee, so Adams made his way to FAU before eventually settling at SU, where he recorded a career high 180 yards last year. Keep an eye out for the senior to get more looks in his second season with the Orange.
If there’s any dark horse receiver to breakout in 2023, it may be redshirt junior Isaiah Jones. Another Florida boy, Jones saw his first significant action last year before suffering a season-ending injury in week three against Purdue. In that same game, Jones caught his first collegiate touchdown and looked to be a nice piece to the receiving corps. Now that he’s recovered, Jones aims to pick up where he left off.
Wake Forest Football Preview: Syracuse Orange Bridgers)
In the final game of the season, the Deacs are in New York to take on the Syracuse Orange inside the dome. Because of the altered schedule due to covid and the new ACC schedule that took effect this year, this will be the 4th time in 5 years Wake has played Syracuse on the road. Despite that, the Deacs are currently on a 3-game winning streak and have won 5 of their last 7 games against the Orange.
- Opponent: Syracuse Orange
- Date: Saturday, November 25th, 2023
- Location: JMA Wireless Dome | Syracuse, NY
- Vegas Win Total O/U: 6.5
- 2022 Record: 7-6
- Previous Matchup: Wake 45—Cuse 35 (2022)
- All time vs Wake Forest: 6-6
Where Syracuse Stands in ESPN Preseason Bowl Projections (ornagefizz.net; Gotkin)
In his seven years as the head coach of Syracuse, Dino Babers has made just two bowl games. The Camping World bowl in 2018, when the Orange finished the season ranked 15th in the country and last year’s Pinstripe bowl. This year, the goal for Babers is to play an extra game once again.
Last year nine ACC teams won six games. Out of our five Orange Fizz staff members, three think that SU will finish that high this season while two think the Orange will finish either 10th or 11th. At ESPN though, the optimism for Syracuse is pretty high. In the preseason bowl projections released earlier this week, both of ESPN’s analysts have SU playing in December.
Mark Schlabach – Military Bowl vs. Memphis
The first game ESPN projects Syracuse to make is an ACC vs American match-up. Last year’s Military Bowl saw Duke beat UCF 30-13. This is an intriguing game for the Orange to be in considering the location. The game is played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland. The area is full of SU alumni. The Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles held SU nights this season and saw great turnouts. Syracuse has never played in the Military Bowl and hasn’t played in the DMV since the 2019 Maryland game.
Kyle Bonagura – Duke’s Mayo Bowl vs. Mississippi State
Syracuse football recruit spotlight: 2024 TE Elijah Washington (cbssports; video; Finneral)
247Sports' James Finneral highlights 2024 Syracuse tight end commit Elijah Washington.
Why Syracuse football will finish 9-3 in 2023 (TNIAAM; Wall)
Back by popular demand are the TNIAAM pets. They are forced to listen to a lot of Syracuse talk so they wanted to once again bring the fans their 2023 football predictions. There’s a lot of optimism with this group as they know that winning football games means happier Saturdays and more treats and belly rubs.
Let’s get to their picks...
Colgate Raiders - Win (1-0, 0-0)
Charlie: Toothpaste doesn’t seem scary. You squeeze it and then it oozes out so the Orange guys should just grab them and squish them until the ball pops free then they take it and run the other way. Seems easy enough.
Western Michigan Broncos- Win (2-0, 0-0)
Fergus: Do I even have to wake up for this one? These horses aren’t very active- they must be tired from kids. I can relate to that. Anyway tell the Otto guys to make this quick so I can get a longer nap.
Michigan running backs coach Mike Hart coaches during the spring game at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on Saturday, April 1, 2023.Neil Blake | MLive.com
Former Onondaga Central star will coach Michigan while Harbaugh serves suspension (PS; AP)
Michigan will give four assistant coaches a chance to be head coach on game day during the three weeks Jim Harbaugh will be serving the school’s self-imposed suspension for violating NCAA rules.
Former Onondaga Central star Mike Hart will act as head coach during the second half of the Wolverines’ game against UNLV on Sept. 9. Hart is the running backs coach for his alma mater.
Coach Harbaugh Announces Coaching Duties for First Three Games of 2023.#GoBlue | Harbaugh Announces Coaching Duties for First Three Games of 2023 - University of Michigan Athletics pic.twitter.com/QlRDnaynxs
— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) August 24, 2023
Michigan also announced Thursday that Harbaugh’s 84-year-old father, Jack, will be assistant head coach when the third-ranked Wolverines face East Carolina, UNLV and Bowling Green at home in September, and strength and conditioning coach Ben Herbert will add the title of associate head coach.
Teel: How might an expanded ACC schedule look in football, basketball, Olympic sports? (richmond.com; Teel)
So about those, gulp, six-day conference basketball tournaments. And about the migraines of modeling a league football schedule with a most peculiar roster of 17 teams.
As the ACC contemplates adding Stanford, California Berkeley and Southern Methodist, these and other scheduling puzzles loom for staff, coaches and athletic directors.
Now way back in the 1930s, Southern Conference membership routinely exceeded 20, an eclectic group that included Virginia Tech, Virginia, VMI, Washington and Lee, Alabama and Sewanee. And as recently as 1951, the Southern was 17 strong, lumping Richmond, William & Mary and The Citadel with the likes of Clemson, North Carolina, VMI, W&L and the Hokies.
But the times were far more relaxed. Some teams played eight conference football games, others six, five or even four. Similarly in basketball, league schedules could range from 21 to 11 contests, with a handful of teams not competing in the conference tournament.
And heaven knows hundreds of millions of dollars in media rights and prop bets didn’t hang on the outcomes.
A Southern Conference offspring, the 70-year-old ACC won’t have such luxuries if membership next year grows to 18 schools, 17 for football as Notre Dame remains independent. Regardless of sport, schedules will have to be balanced and, especially for Olympic programs, innovative.
Regular-season men’s basketball would be the least complicated, if league officials and television partner ESPN agreed to bump the conference schedule from 20 to 22 games.
Borrowing from the present model, each team would have two primary rivals they play twice every season, plus three other rotating opponents twice. The remaining 12 opponents you play once, six at home and six away.
Each of the ACC’s current 15 schools could retain their two primary rivals. Cal, Stanford and SMU would then draw one another.
Women’s basketball, which currently plays only 18 conference games, also could adopt the 22-game plan. Mixing three-time NCAA champion Stanford with prominent programs such as Notre Dame, Virginia Tech and Louisville certainly would create quality television inventory.
If the consensus deemed 22 conference games too grueling, and, most important, detrimental to NCAA tournament bids, there’s an easy pivot back to 20. Just trim the rotating opponents you play twice in a season from three to one.
Predicting the 10 biggest upsets involving ACC football teams for 2023 - Saturday Road (saturdayroad.com; Friedlander)
Editor’s note: Over the past 2 weeks, Saturday Road has previewed the 2023 ACC football season with its annual Crystal Ball prediction series. Here are the individual team previews:
Boston College | Clemson | Duke | Florida State | Georgia Tech | Louisville | Miami | UNC | NC State | Notre Dame | Pittsburgh | Syracuse | Virginia | Virginia Tech | Wake Forest
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Picking upsets is a tricky proposition. But that’s what makes picking so fun.
No matter how much thought we put into the picks and how much intel we might think we have, there’s usually no rhyme or reason as to why, where and when they’ll happen.
That having been said, I actually hit on 5 of my 9 upset predictions, with the 10th nullified by the cancellation of the Virginia-Virginia Tech game.
With any luck, I’ll come out on the winning side of the ledger again this year. But as a public service, I don’t recommend running out to your favorite and plunking down your hard-earned money on any of these picks.
So here goes …
10. Pittsburgh vs. North Carolina, Sept. 23The Tar Heels were picked to finish 3rd behind Clemson and Florida State. The Panthers were tied with Duke for 6th in the ACC’s preseason poll. UNC has the edge at quarterback in Heisman Trophy contender Drake Maye. Pitt has the better defense, championship experience and is at home – where it’s beaten the Tar Heels the past 2 times they’ve visited.
This game will be overshadowed by the showdown between Tigers and Seminoles on the same day. But it could turn out to be just as important. Despite Pitt’s low preseason expectations, the winner will be the early frontrunner to sneak into the ACC Championship Game if either of the two favorites falter.
9. Syracuse at Purdue, Sept. 16The Orange rallied to beat the Boilermakers at home on Garrett Shrader’s 25-yard pass to Oronde Gadsden II with 7 seconds remaining last year. But while they did make it to a bowl for the 1st time since 2018, they stumbled to the finish line with six losses in their final 7 games.
Even though Purdue won 8 games, played Michigan in the Big Ten Championship Game in 2022 and will almost certainly be favored, Jeff Brohm’s departure to Louisville has the Boilermakers in rebuilding mode. That’s all the advantage the Orange needs to sweep the home-and-home series.
5 burning questions facing the ACC (orlandosentinel.com; Murschel)
Does Florida State have enough to dethrone Clemson as ACC’s best team?
Florida State (3) and Clemson (8) have dominated the ACC landscape, winning 11 of the last 12 conference titles, making their annual matchups a must. However, the Tigers have mastered this series, winning seven consecutive games against the Seminoles. Stability has been the key for Clemson, while FSU has undergone three coaching changes during its losing streak. But the Tigers were the ones who made changes this offseason, revamping its offensive system and promoting a new starting quarterback. Florida State, meanwhile, returns most of its coaching staff along with 17 starters led by quarterback Jordan Travis. This roster represents the best chance to upend Clemson’s reign.
Can Miami rebound from a disappointing Year 1 under Mario Cristobal?
The Hurricanes couldn’t live up to the preseason expectations, dropping out of the top 25 after the season’s first month. The only luck they seemed to favor was bad, suffering through injuries and inconsistencies, particularly at quarterback where Tyler Van Dyke regressed from ACC Offensive Player of the Year form in 2021. After missing a bowl game for the first time since 2007, Cristobal went back to the drawing board, replacing seven assistant coaches, including both coordinators. The roster should be better with the help of a top-10 recruiting class and a litany of transfers that provide depth and experience.
Can ACC return to the College Football Playoff after a two-year absence?
After placing a team in the College Football Playoff in the first seven seasons, ACC teams have finished outside the top four in the past two seasons. Clemson (11-2) claimed the conference title but found itself behind Alabama (10-2) and Tennessee (10-2) at No. 7. According to ESPN’s latest Football Power Index, Ohio State (82%), Georgia (63%), Alabama (62%) and Texas (34%) are projected as having the best chances to make the Playoff. Clemson (24%) is the highest-projected ACC team, followed by Florida State (4.4%) and North Carolina (0.5%). Whoever wins the ACC won’t have an easy path to the semifinals, leaving the conference out of the Playoff for a third straight season.
Who is the surprise team in the ACC in 2023?
It was a surprise when Duke finished with nine wins for the first time since 2014, so another strong performance shouldn’t catch anybody off guard. The Blue Devils return a conference-best 17 starters from last season, seven of which were named all-conference, including quarterback Riley Leonard (3,666 total yards, 33 total touchdowns) and defensive tackle DeWayne Carter (36 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks). The challenge for coach Mike Elko will be a schedule that features Clemson (Sept. 4), Notre Dame (Sept. 30), at Florida State (Oct. 21) and at North Carolina (Nov. 11).
Who has a better shot at the Heisman Trophy: UNC quarterback Drake Maye or FSU’s Jordan Travis?
While USC quarterback Caleb Williams figures to be the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy for a second time, there are plenty of contenders. North Carolina’s Drake Maye finished 10th in voting for the Heisman after he led the ACC with 4,321 passing yards and 38 touchdowns. The sophomore was the early favorite of Vegas oddsmakers, but it’s not a given he’ll win. UNC must replace its top two receiving threats (Josh Downs, Antoine Green) and Maye must deal with a new offensive coordinator in Chip Lindsey. Florida State’s already ramped up a Heisman campaign for quarterback Jordan Travis, who is coming off a career season with 3,631 yards with 32 total touchdowns.
https://athlonsports.com/college-fo...23#gid=ci02c7a47480002578&pid=10-syracuse-7-5 (athlonsports.com; Lassan)
Clemson has dominated the ACC with seven conference titles over the last eight years. However, the Tigers run atop the league could be in jeopardy for the 2023 college football season. Florida State is a program on the rise under coach Mike Norvell, and the Seminoles boast an explosive offense thanks to the return of quarterback Jordan Travis, running back Trey Benson, and receiver Johnny Wilson. Clemson hosts Florida State in the regular season. But it wouldn't come as a surprise to see these two teams meet again in the ACC Championship Game.
The ACC also has plenty of quality depth in the league, as North Carolina, Pitt, NC State, Duke, Louisville, Wake Forest, Syracuse, and Miami should all make a bowl in '23.
Favorable non-conference slates allow for Virginia Tech and Boston College to rebound this fall after a disappointing '22 campaign. Virginia is in rebuild mode under second-year coach Tony Elliott after a 3-7 mark last fall. Georgia Tech hopes its second-half surge from '22 carries into '23 with coach Brent Key now at the full-time controls.
How will the final standings and records look for all 14 ACC teams for '23? Athlon Sports projects and predicts the final order of finish and records in the ACC:
ACC Projected Order of Finish and Win/Loss Predictions
1. Florida State (10-2)The 'Noles are coming off their first double-digit win season since '16 and appear primed to push Clemson for the ACC Championship and contend for a spot in the CFB Playoff. Coach Mike Norvell's team doesn't have many glaring concerns and has the pieces in place - quarterback Jordan Travis, receivers Keon Coleman and Johnny Wilson and running back Trey Benson - to have an explosive offense this fall.
2. Clemson (10-2)Clemson's defense ranks among the best in college football once again. But for the Tigers to hold off Florida State and return to the CFB Playoff, the spotlight is on the offense and new play-caller Garrett Riley and rising star quarterback Cade Klubnik.
3. North Carolina (8-4)Quarterback Drake Maye is back among the top returning offensive players in the nation for '23. But there are other glaring concerns with this team, including which receiver steps up to replace Josh Downs as the team's No. 1 target. Also, a defense that has allowed over 30 points a game for two straight years must show marked improvement.
4. Miami (8-4)A revamped coaching staff and the addition of a couple of key transfers on both sides of the ball should give Miami a chance to be significantly better in coach Mario Cristobal's second season. Also, a healthy year from quarterback Tyler Van Dyke would certainly help the 'Canes in their quest to get back into the top 25.
5. Duke (8-4)Duke could be a better team than it was in '22, but a brutal schedule could prevent it from showing in the win column. Quarterback Riley Leonard is back among the ACC's top signal-callers, and coach Mike Elko's squad returns eight starters off a much-improved defense.
6. Pitt (8-4)Even though Pitt lost a handful of key cogs on defense, it's hard to worry much about coach Pat Narduzzi's ability to reload on this side of the ball. Transfer quarterback Phil Jurkovec (Boston College) should give the Panthers improved play under center, and three starters are back to provide a solid foundation up front. If Jurkovec delivers, Pitt can challenge for a spot in the top four of the conference.
7. Louisville (7-5)The schedule is favorable (no Clemson, Florida State or North Carolina), and coach Jeff Brohm is one of the top hires in the '23 coaching carousel. But just nine starters return for Brohm, and a handful of transfers are asked to step into key roles right away. If Brohm can successfully mesh all of the new schemes and players together early on, then seven wins is probably too low for the Cardinals.
8. NC State (7-5)The reunion of former Virginia play-caller Robert Anae and quarterback Brennan Armstrong should help to spark a NC State offense that averaged only 24.3 points a game last season. The Wolfpack return six starters on a defense that ranked among the best in the ACC. Don't be surprised if coach Dave Doeren's team surprises with a home slate that includes Notre Dame, Louisville, Clemson, Miami, and North Carolina.
9. Wake Forest (7-5)Even though the Demon Deacons lost quarterback Sam Hartman to transfer, don't expect a massive drop in wins. Instead, expect coach Dave Clawson to find the right pieces to keep Wake Forest over .500 in '23. Quarterback Mitch Griffis is a breakout candidate this fall, and even with receiver Donavon Greene out indefinitely with a knee injury, the offense doesn't lack for talent at receiver.
10. Syracuse (7-5)The Orange have not made back-to-back bowls since 2012-13. Although the personnel losses in the secondary are heavy, and the offense has to reload up front, coach Dino Babers has enough returning to win at least six games. Keeping quarterback Garrett Shrader healthy is a must.
Why did Sam Hartman transfer to Notre Dame from Wake Forest? ACC TD leader looks to lead Irish back to CFP (TSN; Skiver)
From the Demon Deacons to the Fighting Irish, Sam Hartman left the ACC for his final season of college eligibility -- although he didn't go far.
The ACC record-holder for career touchdown passes at 110 will not be adding to that mark this year, as he joins Notre Dame for what will be his sixth year in college football.
Hartman preserved a year of eligibility in 2019 by playing in just four games, and the 2020 season didn't take a year from him. Because of that, the 24-year-old QB was able to transfer from Wake Forest to Notre Dame this season in an attempt to make his mark.
Hartman committed to Notre Dame in January, spurning the NFL Draft in favor of one of the largest programs in the country. Notre Dame is coming off a disappointing 9-4 season, and last year's starter Drew Pyne ultimately transferred to Arizona State. Notre Dame last made the College Football Playoffs in 2021, when it lost to Alabama in the Rose Bowl 31-14. Its other CFP appearance was in 2019, when it was blown out by Clemson 30-3.
The Wake Forest barometer for success was a bit different, but Hartman started to gain attention when the Deacons made the ACC Championship Game for the 2021 season. Although Wake lost that game to Pitt 45-21, it was the program's first conference championship appearance since winning the ACC in 2006.
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Late Kick: Florida State will be ACC champions in 2023 (cbssports.com; video; CBS Sports)
In this excerpt from Late Kick Live, Josh Pate provides his pick for who will win the ACC in 2023.
https://www.si.com/college/georgiatech/football/acc-football-week-one-predictions-for-every-acc-game (SI; Caudell)
No ACC team took the field during week zero, but all 14 teams will be in action this week. College football kicks into high gear this week when there is a full weekend slate of games that stretches through Monday.
The ACC is going to have two conference games this week (Georgia Tech vs Louisville, and Duke vs. Clemson) and the big spotlight game of the week when Florida State takes on LSU in Orlando.
So who wins each ACC game this week? (Note: A full preview and prediction for Georgia Tech vs Louisville will come later this week).
Thursday, August 31st1. Elon at Wake Forest (7:00 p.m. ACC Network)
Wake Forest will begin the post-Sam Hartman era with a home game against Elon on Thursday night. This should be a tuneup game for their upcoming non-conference tilt against Vanderbilt and you can expect the Demon Deacons to cruise in this game.
Prediction: Wake 45, Elon 0
2. NC State (-15) at UConn (7:30, CBS Sports Network)
The Wolfpack are going to take a trip up to the Northeast to take on Jim Mora Jr. and the UConn Huskies. This will be the debut of Virginia transfer Brennan Armstrong and offensive coordinator Robert Anae and they will both be trying to rediscover what made them one of the top coordinator and quarterback duos in the country in 2021. NC State is favored by 15 points in this game and I think they will win and cover the spread in this game.
Prediction: NC State 38, UConn 17
Friday, Sept. 1st
3. Miami (OH) at Miami (FL) (7:00 p.m. ACC Network)
Miami is hoping to have a bounce-back season in Mario Cristobal's second year with the program and it will start with a Friday night matchup with Miami (OH) The Redhawks are considered to be one of the better teams in the MAC and nobody is going to forget Miami losing to Middle Tennessee State last year. However, I think the Hurricanes offensive line will control the game and Miami wins easily, covering the seventeen-point spread.
Prediction: Miami (FL) 42, Miami (OH) 13
Saturday, Sept. 2nd4. Virginia vs. Tennessee (-28.5) (12:00 p.m. ABC)
Virginia is going to take on Tennessee in Nashville and the Cavaliers are going to be heavy underdogs in this game. Tony Elliott is trying to turn UVA into a winning program, but most project them to be among the worst teams in the ACC. Tennessee is going to be looking to replicate last season's success and I don't think that Virginia has much of a chance to stop [ the Volunteer's offense.
Prediction: Tennessee 52, Virginia 17
5. Northern Illinois at Boston College (-9.5) (12:00 p.m. ACC Network)
Boston College is hoping to get back to the postseason and this is one game that they need to win. The Eagles are nearly double-digit favorites and I think this game could be closer than most expect. While I think Boston College wins, Northern Illinois is a good MAC program and they could keep it close.
Prediction: Boston College 31, Northern Illinois 24
6. Wofford at Pittsburgh (3:30 p.m., ACC Network)
Pitt gets to start the season against Wofford and it should be a quick game for Pat Narduzzi's program. It will be the debut of Boston College transfer Phil Jurkovec at quarterback and the thing to watch will be the offense, specifically the passing offense. Pitt wins comfortably in their week one matchup with the Terriers.
Prediction: Pitt 38, Wofford 7
7. Colgate at Syracuse (4:00 p.m. ESPN+)
Like most of the ACC, Syracuse should start their season off with an easy win. The Orange are debuting a new running back and new starters on defense so this will be a great opportunity to start the season off right.
Prediction: Syracuse 55, Colgate 0
Free TV Games, 2023 Weeks 1-3 (RX; HM)
Free TV Games, 2023 Weeks 1-3Like most conferences, the ACC seeks to strike a balance between cable/pay tv football games (which typically bring the most tv money), and free/broadcast tv games. From what we've been told so far, there are nine free/broadcast television games in the first three weeks of 2023. If you're a "cord cutter" or maybe a "cable never", you'll be glad to know that these games cost you nothing to watch...
Week 1Virginia vs. Tennessee (at Nashville,TN), Saturday, Sept. 2 at 12:00 PM on ABC
S. Carolina vs. N. Carolina (at Charlotte, NC), Saturday, Sept. 2 at 7:30 PM on ABC
LSU vs. Florida State (at Orlando, FL), Sunday, Sept. 3 at 7:30 PM on ABC
Week 2Notre Dame at NC State, Saturday, Sept. 9 at 12:00 PM on ABC
Texas A&M at Miami, Saturday, Sept. 9 at 3:30 PM on ABC
Cincinnati at Pitt, Saturday, Sept. 9 at 6:30 PM on The CW
Week 3Florida State at Boston College, Saturday, Sept. 16 at 12:00 PM on ABC
VMI at NC State, Saturday, Sept. 16 at 2:00 PM on The CW
Syracuse at Purdue, Saturday, Sept. 16 at 7:30 PM on NBC
Let's Get the Sadness Over With (RX; HM)
Let's Get the Sadness Over With
Suffer now or suffer later...
Before you read this from some internet troll (and you will), let's just get this out of the way now!
How many ACC teams have not won a NY6 bowl in the last 15 seasons?
In case you don't want to look for them: Duke, Miami, Notre Dame, NC State, Syracuse, UNC, Virginia, Boston College, Pitt, and Wake Forest. Neither has Cal, by the way, nor the two former ACC schools, South Carolina and Maryland.
Thing is, most won't even get an opportunity to play in a NY6 bowl, much less win one, so it make take time for these teams to get off this list.
Links, News and Rumors 2023 Aug 28 (RX; HM)
Links, News and Rumors 2023 Aug 28
From Yahoo! Sports: Brian Kelly says LSU explored all options to have Maason Smith for FSU game — including a schedule change
LSU exhausted all options in an attempt to restore the eligibility of defensive tackle Maason Smith for the top-10 showdown against Florida State next weekend, including attempting to schedule a Week 0 game...
Smith will miss the Sept. 3 game against No. 8 FSU because of a one-game suspension. Usually it's the ACC team who loses a star player in these games... I'm confused!
Bulletin Board Material: From CBS Sports - Miami (Ohio) QB Brett Gabbert sends message to Miami Hurricanes ahead of season opener: 'We'll show them'
When asked where the "real Miami" is located, Gabbert was quick to respond and send a message to his Week 1 opponent.
From ESPN: Miami Hurricanes land in-state, 4-star safety Zaquan Patterson
...Mario Cristobal knows full well that keeping in-state players home will be key to bringing Miami back to national prominence
Analyzing the dramatic changes to college football + Is it NOW or NEVER for Texas? | College GameDay (youtube; videwo; ESPN College Football)
Analyzing the dramatic changes to college football + Is it NOW or NEVER for Texas? | College GameDay Pete Thamel joins College GameDay to discuss the dramatic changes that have happened across the college football landscape, expectations for the Texas Longhorns this season and Sam Hartman and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. 0:00 Dramatic changes across the college football landscape 3:50 Is it now or never for the Texas Longhorns? 5:40 Expectations for Sam Hartman and Notre Dame
Basketball Conference: The ACC Football Podcast: 2023 NC State Season Preview w/ Jacey Zembal on Apple Podcasts (apple.com; podcast; The ACC Football Podcast)
2023 NC State Season Preview w/ Jacey ZembalBasketball Conference: The ACC Football Podcast
Week 1 ACC football power poll (dailyprogress.com; Madia)
To have an expected, formidable adversary even before the season starts is exciting, according to veteran Clemson center Will Putnam.
The Tigers are aiming for their eighth ACC title in the last nine years this coming fall. But more so now than ever in the last half decade, there’s significant hype for another school in the conference to threaten Clemson in 2023.
“I think Florida State being good is great for the ACC,” Putnam said.
Depending on what preseason assessment you prefer, there are varying opinions. The Seminoles were picked one spot ahead of the Tigers in both the AP Top 25 and Coaches Poll, but Clemson was tabbed to win the ACC in the league’s preseason poll. The Lee Enterprises ACC Power Poll returns for another year, and Clemson tops it heading into the new campaign. The Tigers earned five of six first-place votes.
This season’s voters are: Mike Barber and David Teel (Richmond Times-Dispatch), Greg Madia and John Shifflett (Charlottesville Daily Progress), Damien Sordelett (Roanoke Times) and John Dell (Winston-Salem Journal).
1. Clemson (11-3 in 2022): What’s changed for longtime coach Dabo Swinney and his Tigers are what they’re doing on offense. He hired Garrett Riley away from TCU to be the OC and run a spread-out, air raid attack that could benefit returning quarterback Cade Klubnik and complement a defense that brings back standout defensive tackle Tyler Davis and linebacker Barrett Carter. This week: at Duke, Monday
2. Florida State (10-3 in 2022): Fourth-year Seminoles coach Mike Norvell’s team ripped off six straight wins to close last season and to carry momentum as well as high expectations into this year. QB Jordan Travis and defensive end Jared Verse headline FSU’s 17 returning starters. This week: vs. No. 5 LSU in Orlando, Sunday
3. North Carolina (9-5 in 2022): Tar Heels quarterback Drake Maye is the reigning ACC Player of the Year and one of the top prospects for the 2024 NFL Draft, but Carolina’s season could hinge on whether or not its defense can improve from last fall’s conference-worst 30.7 points allowed per game. This week: vs. South Carolina in Charlotte, Saturday
4. N.C. State (8-5 in 2022): Former quarterback Devin Leary is onto Kentucky and ex-Virginia QB Brennan Armstrong is now in Raleigh with his former OC Robert Anae as N.C. State seeks to change its offensive identity. This will be the most free-wheeling offense 11th-year coach Dave Doeren has employed in his tenure and whether or not that pairs well with N.C. State’s usually stout defense should be fascinating. This week: at Connecticut, Thursday
t-5. Duke (9-4 in 2022): After guiding Duke to flip its record from 3-9 in 2021 to 9-4 last fall, Blue Devils coach Mike Elko earned a contract extension following his first go-around at the helm. This season, they’ll be out to prove they’ve got staying power under Elko with returning stars QB Riley Leonard and defensive tackle DeWayne Carter leading the way. This week: vs. Clemson, Monday
t-5. Miami (5-7 in 2022): There’s already a different feel with Miami heading into coach Mario Cristobal’s second season in charge. He fired his former OC Josh Gattis, and DC Kevin Steele departed for Alabama, leaving Cristobal to hire two new coordinators — OC Shannon Dawson and DC Lance Guidry — this past offseason. How well it works could determine how improved the Hurricanes are this fall. This week: vs. Miami (Ohio), Friday
7. Pittsburgh (9-4 in 2022): The Panthers have become the second most consistently strong program in the ACC under coach Pat Narduzzi. Throughout his tenure, they’ve averaged 7.75 wins per year and in the last four seasons, he’s elevated Pitt further to average 8.5 wins per season. They’ll be strong again on defense while breaking in former Boston College and Notre Dame QB Phil Jurkovec on offense. This week: vs. Wofford, Saturday
8. Wake Forest (8-5 in 2022): Tenth-year coach Dave Clawson’s squad doesn’t return as much as it has in recent years, but quarterback Mitch Griffis who steps in for Sam Hartman after his departure to Notre Dame, has been in the program and understands Clawson’s slow-mesh concepts. That should give the Deacs some hope heading into the fall. This week: vs. Elon, Thursday
9. Louisville (8-5 in 2022): Coach Jeff Brohm returned to his alma mater after six seasons at Purdue, and Brohm brings his pass-centric offense with him to Louisville. That means a change in philosophy for a squad that returns running back Jawhar Jordan, who ran for 100 yards or more in four of UL’s last five games in 2022. This week: at Georgia Tech, Friday
10. Syracuse (7-6 in 2022): The 2022 campaign was a tale of two seasons for the Orange, who won their first six contests before losing their next five, salvaging a win in the regular-season finale only to lose to Minnesota in the Pinstripe Bowl. What’s positive for coach Dino Babers is he returns QB Garrett Shrader and star tight end Oronde Gadsden, providing new OC Jason Beck with talent to scheme for. This week: vs. Colgate, Saturday
ESPN’s College GameDay crew makes their predictions for ACC Champion in 2023 (usatoday; Turri)
Clemson or Florida State? That is the big question in the ACC heading into the 2023 college football season.
With the start of the season kicking off with Notre Dame vs. Navy at 2:30 p.m. in Dublin, Ireland, today, along with many six other college football games, College GameDay returned. While they didn’t travel for Week 0, they held the show at ESPN’s home in Bristol, Conn., and did their thing.
Their predictions went beyond the Week 0 slate, with Desmond Howard, Kirk Herbstreit, and Pat McAfee making their predictions for each conference champion this season. So, who do they see winning the ACC?
Clemson is the favorite, with both Herbstreit and McAfee choosing the Tigers to win the conference and Howard choosing Florida State. It’s a good look for the Tigers; Howard not riding with the Tigers is somewhat expected.
In 2022, Howard was incredibly high on Miami, harping on them being one of the most underrated teams in the country, and also believed Florida State might be the best ACC team that season… we all know how that turned out. I’m not saying he’s a Clemson hater; I’m just saying he’s avoided the Tigers before.
The 2023 season should be an excellent one for the ACC, with Clemson and Florida State battling for the conference.
Who are the Michigan Wolverines’ biggest threat from the ACC? (maizenbrew.com; Bailey)
After being represented every year in the College Football Playoff (CFP), the ACC has now gone two straight years without representation. Florida State won the last-ever BCS National Championship and then represented the conference in the inaugural CFP (2014-2015) before falling to Oregon in the semi-final.
For the next six seasons, Clemson represented the conference every year and even brought home two national championships – tied with Georgia for the second most of the CFP era – in that span.
If the Michigan Wolverines make their third consecutive appearance in the CFP, who from the ACC represents the biggest threat this season?
Ending the four-team format with the same team that began it for the ACC, Florida State makes the most sense here.
The Seminoles return the most production in all of FBS from a team that finished 10-3, including winning six straight games to finish the season. Quarterback Jordan Travis returns to lead an offense that finished 16th in scoring in 2022 and has now added Michigan State transfer Keon Coleman to join Travis’s favorite target, the 6’7 Johnny Wilson at wide receiver.
Easing the pressure on Travis and the offense is star running back Trey Benson who rushed for just shy of 1,000 yards last season while averaging a staggering 6.4 yards-per-carry.
Defensively, Florida State returns four-of-five in the secondary and an experienced defensive line led by veteran tackle Fabien Lovett and All-Planet pass rusher Jared Verse. Verse is viewed as a top-three pass rusher in the country and has been compared to former NFL Pro Bowler Ryan Kerrigan.
Head coach Mike Norvell has incrementally restored glory to this prestigious program, increasing his win total every season during his four-year run. If he would like to continue this trend and reach 11, 12, 13, 14, or even 15 wins this season, there are three key games that will decide their fate.
The Seminoles open up against fellow national championship contender LSU in Orlando. This game is a rematch from last year’s classic in which Florida State clung to a one-point victory on a game-winning blocked extra point.
Three weeks after playing LSU, Florida State will travel to Death Valley for a clash with Clemson – a team the Seminoles have not beaten since 2014. After a manageable October, Florida State closes the regular season in The Swamp against the Florida Gators. The Seminoles broke a three-game skid against Florida last season, but winning in Gainesville is never an easy task.
If Florida State can survive these decisive match-ups — or even drop one and claim victory in a conference championship game rematch — the Seminoles should have a resume worthy of a CFP participant.
Other teams in the mix from the ACC will be the aforementioned Clemson Tigers with new offensive coordinator Garrett Riley, and North Carolina led by head coach Mack Brown and quarterback Drake Maye. The ACC will be strong at the top this year, but will they be strong enough to end the CFP drought?
Day 6 at the NYS Fair: Today’s handpicked menu and schedule (PS; Miller)
Happy Maple Day! This is the day we celebrate the tree that produces sweet sap that ultimately becomes the most important ingredient in the soft-serve maple ice cream you can buy in the Horticulture Building.
Maple Day joins Dairy Day, Beef Day, and Grape and Apple Day in a lineup of tasty State Fair days tied to New York’s agriculture.
OK, all this talk about days basically celebrating pancake syrup, cheesecake, sirloin tips and deep-fried fruit pies is enough to make a person hungry. Good thing it’s time to talk about what we’re going to eat today.
Today’s MenuIn a meeting to plan our State Fair coverage, my boss lifted a line from the classic movie “Animal House” as a parental-like suggestion: “Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, Charlie.” To which I replied, “Why not? It’s the Fair.” After all, I write about food and drinks for syracuse.com and The Post-Standard, and I rely on readers to tell me what’s good. That’s what I do at the Fair too. If you find something that makes your belly smile, text me at 315-382-1984 and I’ll give it a shot. I might join you for a meal or drink and pick up the tab if I write about it.
Lunch (or maybe breakfast): While enjoying a Genesee Cream Ale before Sunday’s George Thorogood concert, a reader walked up and demanded, “Whatever you do, DON’T write about the fried bologna sandwich at J.J.’s.” He not-so-politely told me to write about anything at the Fair except that. I reminded him he would earn a sandwich or beer if I took his suggestion and recommended it to syracuse.com readers.
“Oh, in that case, you MUST write about the fried bologna sandwich at J.J.’s,” his changed tune went.
So at 9 a.m. Sunday, I ordered this fried lunch meat for breakfast at Joe Todesco’s stand on Restaurant Row. The owner of the now-closed Miss Syracuse Diner gave me a judgemental look as he cracking eggs onto his griddle and flipping bacon.
Fried bologna is more of a delicacy in Western New York and points South, and it’s usually for lunch. Joe had gone through 35 pounds of the smooth-textured Italian pork sausage in the first four days of this year’s State Fair.
“It’s a really good sandwich,” he said. “My mom would send me to Solvay to buy bologna when I was a kid, and if we didn’t finish it that day, she’d fry it up for sandwiches the next day.”
For $6, you get two wide slices of Oscar Meyer bologna that add up to about an inch thick. He fries it on the flattop, adds a slice of white American cheese and lays it between a soft hamburger bun. For an extra $1, he’ll add roasted red and green peppers and white onions.
The Big Red Reuben, a signature sandwich at JD at Danzer's, 153 Ainsley Drive in Syracuse. It was formerly home of Danzer's German Restaurant. (Don Cazentre)
Iconic Syracuse German restaurant is reborn with pizza (and sauerbraten) (PS; Cazentre)
The Big Red Reuben is back. So is the sauerbraten. And there’s a new pizza counter at the entrance.
Welcome to JD at Danzer’s Pizza Pub, the new restaurant in the space at 153 Ainsley Drive that had been occupied on and off by variations of Danzer’s German Restaurant since 1973.
It reopened for business today (Aug. 25), after having been closed since February, when the most recent owner shut it down and sold the business.
The new place combines a pizza shop, for takeout, delivery or dine-in, along with much of the former German menu and ambience of Danzer’s. It’s owned by Satar Mohammadi, who was formerly associated with JD Pizza & Grill in Jamesville (which remains open).
“It’s meld of JD’s and Danzer’s,” said Heidi Johnson, a manager at the new restaurant who was a longtime employee of the old Danzer’s. “It’s like the best of both.”
The pizza side of the menu has at least 21 choices, from the Cheese Lover and the Pepperoni Lover to Florentine, Mexican, Gyro, Buffalo Chicken and one called the Syracuse Favorite (with garlic butter sauce, spinach, feta, tomato and jalapeno peppers).
And, yes, there is a Red Reuben pizza, a take on the old place’s popular sandwich. Danzer’s always served a traditional reuben, with corned beef, Russian dressing and sauerkraut, but the signature variation was Big Red Reuben, which substituted red cabbage for the kraut.