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No recent Cali or Iggy awards; Mr Irrelevant
Aug 15, 2011
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Syracuse Football: Diving into Cuse’s ACC opponents in 2024 and beyond (itlh; Adler)

The Atlantic Coast Conference has dropped the league foes of Syracuse football for 2024 through the 2030 season, and it’s all kind of strange to see California, SMU and Stanford on the Orange’s docket.

Per SU Athletics, the ‘Cuse will continue to play both Pittsburgh and Boston College in every campaign. The Panthers and the Eagles are long-time rivals of the Orange.

In adding Pac-12 Conference members Cal and Stanford, as well as SMU out of the American Athletic Conference, the ACC has grown its football membership to 17 teams.

.@ACCFootball just dropped our conference schedules for the next 7 years.
Check out who’s coming to the JMA Dome
— Syracuse Football (@CuseFootball) October 30, 2023

Besides suiting up versus Pitt and Boston College every year, the ‘Cuse will then rotate through the remaining 14 league opponents in this seven-year window between 2024 and 2030.

According to SU Athletics, the Orange’s schedule will keep having eight ACC games annually, with all 17 conference squads playing each other a minimum of two times over the next seven stanzas.


Bowl projections have Arizona football headed to several destinations (; Pedersen)

It’s been a while since Arizona fans have had to think about playing in a bowl game, let alone where it would be. But with only one more win needed for the Wildcats to get to the required six, and four chances to get there, it wouldn’t hurt to see what the options are.

According to the various bowl projections out there, the UA could be going anywhere from Los Angeles to Louisiana. But they all agree the Wildcats will be bowling for the first time since 2017.

The Pac-12 has affiliations with six bowl games, not including the ones that are part of the College Football Playoff and New Year’s Six contests. The Rose Bowl, which has traditionally included a Pac-12 teams, is one of the semifinal games this year and isn’t guaranteed to get a P12 school in the final year of the conference.

Arizona is unlikely to get into an NY6 bowl unless it were to win out and rise high enough in the CFP rankings—the first Top 25 comes out Tuesday evening—but every P12-connected bowl is up for grabs. The conference doesn’t use a tier system, like other leagues do, so the Wildcats could end up in any of the following bowls:

  • LA Bowl (Dec. 16)
  • Independence Bowl (Dec. 16, Shreveport, La.)
  • Las Vegas Bowl (Dec. 23)
  • Holiday Bowl (Dec. 27, San Diego)
  • Alamo Bowl (Dec. 28, San Antonio)
  • Sun Bowl (Dec. 29, El Paso)
The Big 12 is the other conference that fills the Independence and Alamo bowls, while the Big Ten has the Vegas Bowl, ACC has the Holiday and Sun (with Notre Dame as another possibility) and the Mountain West is the other LA Bowl participant.

BC Opponent Preview: Syracuse Football (bcinterruption; {Patel)

Next up on #ThePath is a trip to Syracuse. The Orange have had a rough go of it since conference play began. After a solid 4-0 start with wins over Army and Purdue, Dino Babers’s squad has collapsed. Clemson, UNC, FSU, and last week Virginia Tech combining for 150 points while Syracuse could only manage 34.

Syracuse Offense vs BC Defense

It’s still the Garrett Shrader show at ‘Cuse. The senior has bested BC in both his appearances and will now matching up against his third different quarterback. In the 2021 snooze-fest, he broke open a 48 yard touchdown run, but the next season he attacked from the air throwing for nearly 300 yards. This season, Shrader has struggled scrambling and thrown about on par with Castellanos.

Key injuries have plagued the offense. First, star tight end Oronde Gadsden was marked out for the season, then it was the starting right tackle, and now the left guard will not be returning either. With that, the offensive line has struggled mightily. The Hokies sacked Shrader eight times last week. That left them with 0 net rushing yards on the day. In all, they’ve allowed 27 sacks for 148 yards lost, among the worst in the nation. BC may have gotten home seven times themselves in last year’s matchup, but was still largely taken by land and air.

The Eagles have struggled in keeping opposing quarterbacks from getting loose thus far, but pressure rate is improving. The front seven will have the opportunity to bring Shrader down, but it will come down to staying disciplined in the second level.

LeQuint Allen is the lead back averaging 4.6 ypg. The sophomore is a real threat out of the backfield and has 723 yards and eight touchdowns from scrimmage.

Shrader has spread the ball around with three different receivers having over 300 yards receiving. 12 different receivers have caught touchdown passes as well, nine from Shrader. The interceptions came early, but he’s kept it together the past two games despite the sack rate. In ACC play, he’s only completed 57% of his passes.

Syracuse will announce biggest football crowd of the season against Boston College (PS; Carlson)

Despite a prolonged stretch of poor play, Syracuse has sold more tickets to Friday night’s football game against Boston College than any previous home game this season. That means the school will announce its biggest home crowd of the season on Friday night.

Syracuse athletic director John Wildhack noted the strong ticket sales during an appearance on ESPN Radio Syracuse’s Orange Nation program on Tuesday.

The sales undoubtedly benefitted from the school’s calendar, with Family Weekend scheduled for this weekend. Syracuse (4-4) comes into the game on a four-game losing streak. Boston College (5-3) is riding a four-game winning streak.

Syracuse announced a crowd of 40,974 fans for its game against Clemson on Sept. 30. That is currently the biggest announced crowd of the season. While the announced crowd will be bigger on Friday, it will certainly be interesting to see how many fans are still invested in coming to the JMA Wireless Dome.

Terry Lockett "The 315" 10-31-23 (ESPN; radio; The 315)

Brian talked with Syracuse defensive lineman Terry Lockett and discussed his injury, rehab and the mental strain an injury can put on someone. The two also talked about SU’s upcoming matchup against Boston College.

Keeping Up With The 315 10-31-23 (ESPN; radio; The 315)

Guest hosts Jordan Capozzi & Tim Leonard started the show discussing John Wildhack’s comments from his interview on Orange Nation. Next, the guys talked about SUMBB’s exhibition matchup against Daemen. They talked about the team as a whole, the bright spots, as well as early improvements they’d like to see and more. Finally, Mike Pappa stopped in to give the biggest news from the NFL trade deadline. (; video; Sacco)

Syracuse University Director of Athletics John Wildhack was a guest on ESPN Syracuse Orange Nation Radio program on Tuesday.

In the nearly 20 minute interview, Wildhack discussed the state of the Syracuse football program. He also broke down the new ACC scheduling model and NIL opportunities at Syracuse.

You can listen to the full interview with John Wildhack by clicking on the video player above.

(youtuibe; video; P&B T)

If you are looking for a College Football Week 10 betting preview with picks and predictions for the match-up between the Syracuse Orange and Boston College Eagles, we have you covered! Our college football handicapping experts discuss this matchup from a sports betting perspective, sharing their picks and predictions vs. the current odds.

Boston College vs Syracuse | College Football Week 10 Predictions, Picks, and Best Bets (youtube; video; P&P)

Boston College will face their ACC rival Syracuse under the Friday night lights. Syracuse comes into this game at 4-4 and Boston College is 5-3. BC is a small favorite by the NCAA football odds, but will they be the winning NCAAF pick for this game? BetUS host Gary Segars, and expert handicappers Kyle Hunter and Parker Fleming preview the College Football Week 10 game between Boston College and Syracuse. They'll go over the best value college football odds available and betting trends and share their College Football expert predictions, CFB picks, and best bets.

Syracuse back home, looking to halt skid in matchup vs. BC (; FLM)

Boston College and Syracuse are trending in opposite directions entering Friday night's Atlantic Coast Conference contest on the Orange's home turf.
The Eagles (5-3, 2-2) have won four in a row, while the Orange (4-4, 0-4) have dropped four straight and are the only remaining winless team in ACC play.
Boston College allowed at least 27 points in each of its first four games but has not yielded more than 24 in any game during its current winning streak. The Eagles are coming off a 21-14 triumph against UConn in a game in which the Eagles' Kye Robichaux ran for 112 yards and two touchdowns.
Syracuse, meanwhile, is looking to recover from a brutal stretch in which it lost to Clemson, North Carolina, Florida State and Virginia Tech by a combined margin of 150-34. On the bright side, the Orange have won two straight matchups with the Eagles, including 32-23 a season ago.

Syracuse football: Duke’s Mayo Bowl O’Meter update heading into "Friday Night Lights" (TNIAAM; Chiappone)

A lot can happen in little time, and currently, it’s “do or die” time for coach Dino Babers and the Syracuse Orange football team (4-4, 0-4) in their quest to return to a bowl game.

The Orange sit with the same number of wins as they did over a month ago, and not much has changed in Syracuse’s first four games against the ACC to warrant any confidence from Syracuse fans.

But you know who’s still holding out hope? Our Duke’s Mayo Bowl O’Meter. With Syracuse needing just two wins in its final four games, our #BRANDED dream of a Duke’s Mayo shower for Babers lives on for now.

Syracuse (miraculously) still projects at an over 85% chance to reach six wins, according to ESPN’s College Football Power Index. Can ‘Cuse close things out, or will the losing streak continue to turn the oranges sour the rest of the way?


When Will Dino Babers Stop Getting the Benefit of the Doubt? (; Frank)

After Syracuse’s fourth straight loss last Thursday at the hands of Virginia Tech, 38-10, the calls for Dino Babers’ job and the program he has going in Central New York right now are getting louder. Over the past four weeks, the Orange have lost by 17 to a Clemson team with an identical 4-4 record to SU, 33 to a UNC team that has lost two straight conference games, 38 to No. 4 Florida State (understandable), and then 28 to another 4-4 team in the Hokies.

As we outlined here at The Fizz, even former players are calling out Babers and his players, with former SU QB Eric Dungey alluding to the notion that he thought Syracuse quit against Virginia Tech. Babers responded to that in his weekly Monday press conference.

“This is what I would say: Bring him in the room,” Babers said via “Eric can come to any practice. He’s an alumnus. All alums can come to practice. Come in, watch our practice, get around our captains and he can make his own decision and go out and tell you guys.”

Wildhack won’t say what Babers needs to do to keep his job. But he drops a hint (PS; $; Carlson)

Syracuse athletic director John Wildhack would not say whether football coach Dino Babers would be retained if the team makes a bowl this year.

Wildhack mentioned the importance of the team reaching a bowl game three times during a 30-minute interview with | The Post-Standard on Monday, but he stopped short of saying Babers would be back if the Orange reached the postseason.

With fan frustration mounting, former players calling out the program and speculation about Babers’ job status swirling after eight games, Wildhack defended his coach’s track record but declined to get specific about what, if anything, he needs to see over the final four games to determine if Babers deserves a ninth season.

Wildhack was relaxed and stoic throughout the conversation, saying he was frustrated but limiting his criticism to the team’s offense and slow starts. He expressed optimism about recent investments made in the program and offered a defense of Babers’ tenure, one that could be reiterated if he, Chancellor Kent Syverud and the school’s Board of Trustees need to defend their choice to bring back the coach.

Syracuse football: what’s college football saying about the Orange after week 10? (TNIAAM; Wall)

Each week, we’ll take a look at what other college football media sites are saying about the Syracuse Orange as they prepare to face the Virginia Tech Hokies.

The local writers move Syracuse down four to 12th in their ACC Power Rankings. Syracuse slides in between Wake Forest and Virginia. Boston College is 6th this week.


In this week’s SP+ rankings Syracuse drops seventeen spots to 65th with the offense 74th while the defense ranks 50th. The Orange are ranked between Coastal Carolina and California. SP+ has BC ranked 81st with their offense 75th and defense 82nd.

Syracuse drops twelve spots in the Football Power Index to 49th between California and Troy. FPI predicts the Orange for 6.6 wins now and gives them a 17% chance to win out and an 85.7% chance of making a bowl game. Boston College ranks 81st in this week’s FPI.

CBS Sports

In the CBS Sports power rankings Syracuse is down 12 spots to 58th this week between Miami (OH) and UTSA. BC is 73rd this week.

Giants sign former Syracuse QB Tommy DeVito to active roster (PS; Carlson)

Two days after making his NFL debut with the New York Giants, former Syracuse quarterback Tommy DeVito has been signed to the team’s active roster.

DeVito’s agent Sean Stellato posted news about the roster move on social media.

DeVito is expected to back up Giants quarterback Daniel Jones, who is returning from injury this week. Jones’ traditional backup, Tyrod Taylor, could miss time with an injury.

Congratulations to SES Sports client @tommydevito007 for signing to the active roster with the @Giants #Blessed
— Sean Stellato SES (@seanstellato) October 31, 2023

Taylor was hurt in the Giants game against the Jets last weekend, paving way for DeVito to make his debut.

The former Syracuse and Illinois quarterback was not particularly effective. He completed just 2 of 7 passes for minus-1 yard. He did, however, rush four times for 12 yards and a touchdown.

Amazingly, that was enough to put the Giants in position to win until kicker Graham Gano missed a 35-yard field goal late in regulation. The Jets went on to win 13-10 in overtime.

Taylor, for what it’s worth, was nearly as ineffective as DeVito, completing just 4 of 7 passes for 8 yards.

ACC News

UConn vs. Boston College Tech Full Game Replay | 2023 ACC Football (youtube; video; ACC DN)

Boston College improved to 5-3 on the season with a 21-14 win over the UConn Huskies. Eagles QB Thomas Castellanos threw for 151 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 45 yards in the win. Running back Kye Robichaux carried the ball 23 times for 112 yards and 2 touchdowns in the win. The Eagles defense held the Huskies to 222 total yards on offense.

ACC unveils new football scheduling model (; $; Staff)

The ACC announced Monday night its new scheduling model for the 2024 through 2030 seasons to accommodate the league’s expansion to 17 teams.

Last month, the ACC announced that California, SMU and Stanford will join the league as new members for the 2024-25 academic year. As a result, the league was forced to scrap a new scheduling model that was introduced for the 2023 season that eliminated divisions and gave each school three permanent opponents.

Here are the highlights of the updated schedule:

  • Each team will still play eight regular-season conference games.
  • All 17 teams will play each other at least twice in a seven-year span.
  • There are 16 annual protected matchups for the next seven years:
  • Georgia Tech and Louisville are the only two programs without a protected rivalry.
  • The two programs coming from the Pac-12 each have a winning record against current ACC schools — Stanford is 11-10 while Cal is 13-11-1. SMU is 16-17-2 all-time vs. its new league-mates. Almost one-third of those games have been against Georgia Tech, which is 8-2-1 against the Mustangs.
  • Florida State and Virginia are the only two teams in the league that have never played any of three new members.

Minimize travel headaches

Travel logistics were, understandably, among the chief concerns when the ACC first opted to add Cal, Stanford and SMU, and to some extent, they’re still going to be annoying for teams making cross-country trips. But credit to the ACC for at least attempting to minimize the time-zone-hopping that both its current and future members will have to do.

The two West Coast schools will have to make only three eastward ventures per season, with their fourth conference away game either against one another or SMU. Similarly, only forcing current members out west three times in a seven-year span — and never in consecutive seasons — is about as ideal as possible. Still: Do you think anyone at Miami is excited about that 6.5-hour flight to Cal next season? Me neither. — Brendan Marks, ACC staff writer

What does this mean for SMU?

When Florida State visits Dallas in 2024, SMU football will officially feel back in the big time. This is a program that used to play Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and others annually in the Southwest Conference, but when the SWC collapsed in 1995-96, SMU was left in the wilderness of the WAC, Conference USA and the American. Now the Mustangs will host one of Florida State, Miami and Clemson in six of the next seven seasons. They won’t have natural rivalries, and annual games against Cal/Stanford won’t fill that, but the home schedule at Gerald J. Ford Stadium is going to change in a major way. The stadium has a capacity of 32,000, slightly larger than Wake Forest for the second-lowest in the ACC, and it’s currently undergoing renovations with a new end zone complex.

Friedlander: ACC scores a touchdown with its new football scheduling model - Saturday Road (; Friedlander)

Turning the Atlantic Coast Conference into a bi-coastal conference is an unenviable task. Especially when it comes to developing a mostly equitable scheduling format involving 17 teams, a number divisible by nothing.

It makes solving a Rubik’s Cube look easy.

Somehow the ACC managed to pull it off.

The new 7-year scheduling format the league revealed Monday night isn’t perfect. But considering the challenges created by the addition of Stanford, California and SMU – the least of which are travel considerations and the preservation of traditional rivalries – it’s as good as can possibly be expected.

All 17 teams will play one another at least twice between 2024-30, once at home and once on the road. The current 14 members will make only 3 trips to California during that span, none in back-to-back seasons, while the 2 California teams won’t make more than 3 trips per season to the East Coast.

The current division-less format, with an 8-game league schedule will continue, as will the process for determining the participants in the conference championship game, which will remain in Charlotte.

ACC Football schedule breakdown for the next 7 years:
— Cory Smith (@RCorySmith) October 30, 2023

NC State plays Big Four annually under ACC’s updated football scheduling model (; Muma)

Yesterday the ACC announced its new football schedule model to account for the additions of Cal, Stanford, and SMU in 2024. For NC State, the big change is that Clemson is no longer an annual opponent, and has been replaced by Duke. There are 16 protected matchups league-wide under the new model, and State has three: Duke, Wake, and Carolina.

Who knew it would take expanding to the west coast to restore a little bit of tradition around here.

NC State also is one of three schools that plays both Cal and Stanford next season, with the Cardinal making the trip to Raleigh. So the Wolfpack could very well be playing against Ben Finley at Cal next fall; it’s an odd universe sometimes.

It’s three games apiece for those two. Cal on the road in ‘24 and ‘28, and at home in ‘26. Stanford at home in ‘24 and ‘30, and on the road in ‘26.

State gets SMU for the first time in 2028 in Raleigh, with a return trip the following season. (SI; McGavic)

We're in the home stretch in the battle for the Atlantic Coast Conference, and things are starting to come into form.

Undefeated Florida State is still very much on track to reach the ACC Championship in Charlotte, N.C., and perhaps even more. But following Louisville's win over Duke and North Carolina's upset loss at Georgia Tech, the Cardinals are the overwhelming favorite to be the team which will take on the Seminoles.

But while FSU and UofL control their own destiny, the race isn't over yet. Duke and UNC are still in the mix, and even schools like Virginia Tech and Miami have a chance to make some noise.

So where do things currently stand in the conference following nine weeks of football? Check out our week 10 ACC power rankings below:

1. Florida State Seminoles

Record: 8-0, 6-0 ACC
Last Week's Ranking: No. 1
Week 9 Result: W, 41-16 at Wake Forest

What's there to say that hasn't already been said? QB Jordan Travis continues to look like a Heisman Trophy candidate, WR Keon Coleman's draft stock continues to surge, and DE Jared Verse and the Seminole defense continues to be an intimidating unit. FSU certainly looks the part of a team that can potentially win a national championship.

2. Louisville Cardinals

Record: 7-1, 4-1 ACC
Last Week's Ranking: No. 2
Week 9 Result: W, 23-0 vs. Duke

Now that's how you respond from a baffling loss. Louisville handled Duke from start to finish, and they did it in a way that was not typical of a Jeff Brohm team. RB Jawhar Jordan ran all over the Blue Devils front seven, and the Cardinals' own defense got after the Duke backfield all night long. Louisville very much seems like the team who will meet FSU in Charlotte.

3. Miami Hurricanes

Record: 6-2, 2-2 ACC
Last Week's Ranking: No. 5
Week 9 Result: W, 29-26 (OT) vs. Virginia

Miami did end up on the right side of the win/loss column and did make winning plays in overtime, but make no mistake: the Canes should have lost this game. QB Tyler Van Dyke's in a midseason slump, and their defense gave up nearly 400 yards to one of the worst teams in the league. The U loses this game if their kicker doesn't make three field goals.

4. North Carolina Tar Heels

Record: 6-2, 3-2 ACC
Last Week's Ranking: No. 4
Week 9 Result: L, 46-42 at Georgia Tech

North Carolina's defense has now completely reverted back to their 2022 form (if it hadn't already). You would think putting up 577 yards of offense would be enough to win a game, right? But when you surrender 635, including 265 in the fourth quarter alone, you deserve to lose. The Tar Heels' dreams of getting to the ACC Championship are all but dashed because of it.

Kelly Gramlich and Eric Mac Lain talk ACC football - Gramlich and Mac Lain (M&G; podcast; M&G)

Saturday's Virginia Tech/Louisville game has massive ACC implications and we break it down with VT superstar pass rusher Antwaun Powell-Ryland (aka APR). Presented by Ingles Markets.

Undefeated FSU Seminoles Remain On Top; Week 9 ACC Football Power Rankings REVEALED (

The Seminoles are cranking at 8-0. Louisville comes off the bye to hand Duke the worst loss so far this season for the Blue Devils

'There are some lines to it': Triangle ACC football coaches weigh in on sign stealing and how to fix it (

Sign stealing has become a national headline in college football this season, especially after Michigan suspended a low-level football program employee a day after disclosing it is under NCAA investigation for allegedly stealing the play-calling signals used by Wolverines opponents.

According to Triangle ACC coaches, stealing signs is nothing new, but as Duke head coach Mike Elko said, "There are some lines to it."

The Associated Press reports the investigation into Michigan is focused on analytics assistant Connor Stalions and whether he was involved in sending people to the games of Michigan’s opponents to take videos of teams using sideline signals.

Ticket buys to multiple Big Ten games found in name of suspended Michigan staffer, AP sources say

"I won't get into any specific program, but I would certainly think that it's pretty understood that if you go to somebody's game, then that's a no-no," Elko said.

College football programs have made greater efforts in recent years to conceal its signals.

Brown: ACC title game is within reach for Louisville football — it's OK to talk about it (; Brown)

Now that Louisville’s path to the ACC title game is clear, the Cardinals can finally start talking about a potential championship.

But they’re not.

Like, nobody.

It’s either a sign of a championship pedigree — go back and try to find any of Nick Saban’s national title teams at Alabama actively talking about winning it all — or a sign of a joyless team. I haven’t decided which one yet.

“As soon as you get this much distracted, it’ll cause a loss,” U of L coach Jeff Brohm said. “I've been through it. We've learned the hard way. It sounds simple, but you have to just focus on the one game in hand.”

U of L football coach Jeff Brohm has his team on the path toward the ACC championship game, but the Cardinals have been reluctant to talk about it.
If you’ve listened to a Brohm news conference this season, you know what’s coming next from anyone in the program asked about the title game.

And on cue, right tackle Eric Miller said the mantra that everyone repeats.

“It's kind of in the back of everyone's mind, but at the forefront is, it's a one-game season,” Miller said.

CFP Top 25 - 2023 Oct 31 (RX; HM)

CFP Top 25 - 2023 Oct 31

The first CFP ranking is out...

The first CFP Top 25 of the season

Which team deserves a higher ranking?
— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) October 31, 2023

If the playoffs were today...

#1 Ohio State vs #4 Florida State - Rose Bowl
#2 Georgia vs #3 Michigan - Sugar Bowl

Other New Year's Six Participant(s):

#13 Louisville vs #8 Alabama - Orange Bowl

Annual Rivals, 2023 vs 2024 (RX; HM)

Annual Rivals, 2023 vs 2024

The new ACC Football Scheduling Model for 2024-2030 could've been a simple extension of the 2023 model, but it's not. Instead, it's a substantial rebuild of the schedule. First, some of the annual "rivals" were removed(highlighted in pink):

ClemsonFSUGTNC State
DukeUNCNC StateWake
UNCDukeNC StateVirginia
NC StateClemsonDukeUNC

Scheduling Frequencies, 2024-30 (RX; HM)

Scheduling Frequencies, 2024-30

Here is a table published by the ACC which shows the frequency of each possible ACC matchup over the next 7 years:

Wherever you see a "7", think "every year". Anything 4 and above is "most years". No matchup is played less than twice.

Matchups which were minimized (only 2X in 7 years):

  • BC-Duke
  • BC-UNC
  • BC-NC State
  • BC-VT
  • BC-Wake
  • Duke-Pitt
  • Duke-SMU
  • Duke-Syracuse
  • Duke-VT
  • FSU-Louisville
  • FSU-VT
  • GT-UNC
  • GT-NC State
  • Louisville-UNC
  • Louisville-Wake
  • UNC-Pitt
  • UNC-Syracuse
  • NC State-SMU
  • NC State-Syracuse
  • NC State-Virginia
  • Pitt-Virginia
  • Pitt-Wake
  • SMU-VT
  • Syracuse-Wake
The "pickiest" school appears to be North Carolina, which has 6 opponents they'll only face twice and 3 opponents they'll face every year. NC State and Duke aren't far behind; both teams have 3 annual opponents and 5 that they only play twice in 7 years.

The most egalitarian team in terms of scheduling is Georgia Tech. They don't play any team more than 5 times and the only teams they play less than 3 times are the aforementioned Tar Heels and Wolfpack.

Evidently there was a whole lot of politicing and horse-trading going on as this schedule sausage was being made!

Not annual, but almost...
We've already told you who the annual matchups are. These aren't played every year, but at 5 times in 7 years, it's pretty close!

  • BC-Louisville
  • GT-Louisville
  • GT-Wake
  • Louisville-Pitt
  • Louisville-Syracuse

GT vs the 2024-30 ACC Model (RX; HM)

GT vs the 2024-30 ACC Model

Was Georgia Tech hosed?

Many will jump to that conclusion because the Yellow Jackets don't have any annual rival which translates into playing the other team with no rival - Louisville - 5 times in 7 years. No more annual game against Clemson. But let's consider some facts in the GT case...
1. In the previous model, GT had 3 annual opponents: Clemson, Louisville, and Wake Forest. In this new model, GT doesn't play anyone annually, but they will play Clemson 4X, Louisville 5X, and Wake 5X over the next 7 seasons. Whatever went into that decision last year may still be in play now.
Does that reflect the history of Georgia Tech's ACC rivalries? Clemson yes, Louisville and Wake Forest, not so much. You might be surprised who is on the list, though...

Most-played ACC schools (prior to joining the ACC in 1978):

  1. Duke (46)
  2. Clemson (45)
  3. N. Carolina (15)
  4. Florida St. (10)

SMU Football - Are Y'all Happy Now? (RX; HM)

SMU Football - Are Y'all Happy Now?

Everything has been turning up aces lately for Southern Methodist University Football.

First, they got the TCU series extended to 2024.

Then SMU successfully lobbied for an invitation to join the ACC, which they promptly accepted.

The football team is 4-0 in the American Athletic Conference with a chance to win the conference championship trophy in their final season there, and now this...

BYU and SMU will play a home-and-home series that will begin with the Cougars traveling to face the Mustangs at Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas, Texas, on a date to be announced during the 2024 season. The return game will be contested at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah, on a date [in 2027] to be announced... [source]

Couple that with the eight ACC teams the Mustangs will be playing next year, and you've got a real embarrassment of riches for SMU Football!



This 2012 file photo shows flowering dogwoods by the Franklin Square fountain in Syracuse, N.Y.Dick Blume | The Post-Standard

Fountain at Syracuse photo hot spot to be removed for restoration, repairs (PS; Herbert)

The centerpiece of a Syracuse hot spot for photos is being removed for restoration and repairs.

The City of Syracuse Department of Parks & Recreation announced that the cast metal fountain in Franklin Square Park, located at 601 Plum Street, will begin its temporary removal Tuesday, Oct. 31. The fountain is a popular location for high school prom photos, wedding party shoots, and selfies celebrating other special occasions, especially in the spring with flowering dogwoods.

“We know park-goers visit Franklin Square Park to celebrate and capture many important milestones near the fountain, and all around the park, so our goal is to preserve and ensure its longevity for future generations,” Parks Commissioner Tony Williams said in a statement.

Specialists from Robinson Iron will dismantle the fountain and transport it to Alexander City, Alabama, for restorative work. According to a press release, the fountain will be stripped down to bare metal, repaired, painted and coated with protective finishings to prevent corrosion.

The project will cost $68,700, according to the City of Syracuse. Funding will come from Parks Capital Improvement Funds.

The fountain has been a focal point in Franklin Square since the neighborhood’s redevelopment in the late 1980s, the parks department said. Robinson Iron originally fabricated and assembled the cast iron fountain in 1991.


A chipotle lime chicken rice bowl with a side of pumpkin cake from Brazen Cafe across from Crouse Hospital. (Charlie Miller |

First Look: Well-traveled chef leaves restaurants behind to create fancy to-go meals in medical complex (PS; $; Miller)

Some of the recipes Chef Chris Griffin uses today come from his eight years cooking for fellow U.S. Marines. A few dishes were born in the labs at Paul Smith’s College, where he earned his culinary arts degree. Others he invented while heading up kitchens in Central New York restaurants.

These days, though, Chris isn’t wearing a fancy toque blanche hat and a matching white double-breasted jacket. He’s no longer preparing his food in kitchens equipped with top-of-the-line appliances. He now cooks breakfasts and lunches wearing a t-shirt and baseball cap in his takeout-only bistro inside a medical complex around the corner from Syracuse University.

“This is about autonomy,” he said from his 750-square-foot Brazen Café. “We came up with our concept, we came up with our menu, and we do everything how we want to do it, not how someone else expects us to do it.”

Chris and his best friend Damian Giordano opened Brazen in late summer. It’s tucked inside the lobby of 725 Irving Ave., directly across the street from Crouse Hospital.

Laborers union to build new training center in DeWitt with eye toward I-81, Micron projects (PS; $; Moriarty)

Laborers Local 633 is planning to build a new training center in DeWitt as it looks to expand its membership to take on the upcoming Interstate 81 and Micron construction projects.

Laborers are the first workers to arrive on a construction site and the first to leave. They clear the area, pour the foundation, excavate trenches and install water, sewer and drainage pipes. When they’re done and gone, the carpenters, electricians, plumbers and others arrive to put up the building.

Fully trained laborers earn about $31 to $34 an hour, plus benefits. Successful candidates must have two main things — a high school diploma and a willingness to work outside in all weather.

Currently, Local 633 provides classroom instruction via its apprenticeship program at its headquarters at 7051 Fly Road.

But its hands-on training is provided about 40 miles north at the Upstate New York Laborers Training Center on Route 104 in Oswego, which is shared with five other laborer locals.

Gabe Rosetti, business agent for Local 633, said the union wants to be able to provide hands-on training closer to Syracuse, where it expects to draw dozens of new members to work on the I-81 project.

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