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Six SU opponents on ESPN's early 2017 Top 25

Discussion in 'Syracuse Football Board' started by Frozen, Jan 10, 2017.

  1. Frozen

    Frozen All American

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  2. OrangeDB

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    Syracuse Football has played the following since 2013...

    2013 National Champs - FSU
    2014 Defending NC, #3 seed in the CFP - FSU
    2015 NC Runner Up, #1 seed in the CFP - Clemson
    2016 NC and #2 seed in the CFP - Clemson

    2017 -- yay...
     
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  3. LeMoyneCuse

    LeMoyneCuse All Conference

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    For as much talk as there is about scheduling better, there's only so much you can do when 5 out of your 8 conference games are against teams that are thought to be among the 25 best teams in the country.
     
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  4. longislandcuse

    longislandcuse Living Legend

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    I mean... you could not schedule teams like LSU
     
  5. LeMoyneCuse

    LeMoyneCuse All Conference

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    Scheduling another MAC team doesn't change the fact that 5 out of our 8 conference games are against teams that are thought of right now as 25 of the best in the country.
     
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  6. Frozen

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    What if, when the schedule was made a few years ago, SU had scheduled a series with a weak MAC program instead, such as Western Michigan?
     
  7. longislandcuse

    longislandcuse Living Legend

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    Baby steps.. I want to be bowl eligible and not get 3-4 starters injured playing some meaningless OOC against Top 10 teams, in which we have no business playing yet.
     
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  8. longislandcuse

    longislandcuse Living Legend

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    Schedule cupcakes. Legit, schedule like an SEC team. A team like South Florida shouldn't even be on our schedule. We're a program trying to build, playing in the toughest division in football and consistently playing one of the tougher OOC schedules in the country. If a cupcake turns into a Top 25 team for the year we play them, oh well. At least we're not scheduling Title Contenders and consistent bowl participants.
     
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  9. TheCusian

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    I'd rather play them than LSU or Wiscy, any year.
     
  10. Cusester

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    I hate to say it but NC State just might be in the top 25 at the end of the year. I was very impressed by their team last year. The coaching, not so much but that is a talented team.
     
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  11. OttoinGrotto

    OttoinGrotto 2016 Iggy Winner

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    They're all garbage.
     
  12. TheCusian

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    Agreed. As much as I hate saying it they might actually be trending up. Unlike BC and Wake.
     
  13. Ish88888

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    I understand it, yes, lsu amongst our in conference challenges is rough, but the home/home was a once in a lifetime program opportunity.
     
  14. djorange1989

    djorange1989 All Conference

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    opportunity to get swept in a home and home? We have had that opportunity many times and cashed in just about all of them!
     
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  15. djorange1989

    djorange1989 All Conference

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    obviously we can't control the in-conference schedule, that schedule is pretty rough to say the least. Which is why you don't schedule LSU, that we CAN control.
     
  16. Ish88888

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    These arrangements are done 4-7 years in advance. They are done with positive thinking and trends. Imagine if we still had dougie with hacket and shaf as dcs? We were trending big. Alot of change since then. Its still a great series. A trip i will make to lsu. Could have also been minny, nw, indiana, or another mid level b10 or sec team. All of which would have been very loseable (word?). This is a great experience. Again, without our scheduling of sig programs over the past 8 years, i would have been gone as a season tix holder. No big loss, i get it;)
     
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  17. PhatOrange

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    The ACC right now is as strong as any conference and our division is probably the toughest in the nation. Because of it you schedule out of conference for wins.

    Alabama usually has one good out of conference game this year it was USC, then they scheduled Western Kentucky, Kent State and Chattanooga.

    Our out of conference schedule should look something like Colgate, Buffalo, Army, UMass and Connecticut or Rutgers/Northwestern/Illinois.

    Schedule regionally for wins, save on travel costs, and when you travel go to places where you recruit.
     
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  18. Trueblue25

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    I look at that list and I see 6 wins.
     
  19. Scooch

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    We beat a top 25 team this year.

    Next year we'll beat 2 or 3.
     
  20. TexanMark

    TexanMark Tailgating Guru

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    Cuse had a hole...and was down to USF or UCF. USF had a losing record with a coach on the hot seat. UCF was coming off a BCS Bowl game. USF seemed like the better choice.

    Of course SU shouldn't be filling holes a year or two out with extremely limited choices like they usually do.
     
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