The Syracuse Orange men’s teams are causing a stir in the area and on The Hill. The football team ripped off a 5-1 run to end the season; becoming bowl-eligible and even having a slight shot at a BCS game. That may be premature but at least they are in the conversation again. The basketball team is ranked #6 in the nation and sits at 4-0. They have shown a steady resolve and don’t seem to get rattled when faced with adversity; pulling away when opponents have tried to mount a challenge. Let’s take a look at both teams future at the moment.
The Orange are 7-5 (5-2 Big East) and have looked the part of a team to be considered dangerous heading into a bowl game. Most have the team pegged in the Pinstripe Bowl in Yankee Stadium against either West Virginia or Baylor, but they have a shot at being selected into the Belk which would put them up against an ACC (and future conference brother next season) foe, Duke being mentioned. Or the Russell Athletic game, again another ACC representative with NC State and Virginia Tech mentioned.
Doubtful that the Cuse wants a BCS game against a Florida State team that had #3 Florida fighting for their lives, at least I don’t see the pay-off in a possible blown out. Let Rutgers get in over their heads and take the pounding, opinion being what it is, a Big-12 tilt in the NYC area may be the perfect match.
The Cuse has looked like a seasoned, confident team. The freshmen are coming along at a nice pace and the upper-classmen has made it easier for them to get their feet wet and see the college game. All the new players have had some good moments but freshmen take a bit of time and this group is no different.
Friday the team travels to 40 minutes of hell and plays Arkansas who are 3-2 (0-0 SEC). Arkansas has struggled against the better teams thus far on its schedule, but it is a road game nevertheless and we all know how Syracuse on the road in December is rare. Well, most of the top teams are at home for most games this time of year anyway.
The team will be tested along the way in December before getting into the BE pool against Rutgers Jan. 2nd.
We have to talk about the women as they have very quietly started the season off at 6-0 with wins against two future ACC foes down at the San Juan Shootout beating Georgia Tech 75-72 in OT and Virginia 74-73. They have also beaten their other foes quite handily, so maybe we have another team to pay attention to on the Hill. The ladies deserve bigger crowds when they come home to play Wagner Dec. 4th after road games at Dartmouth and Temple. They also have, at home after Wagner (12/4), Loyola (12/8), Binghamton (12/15), Washington State (12/21), and Boise State (12/30).
Let’s give Jamesville resident Coach ‘Q’ and the team some support as they steadily climb from also-ran before Coach Q arrived to challenging for the NCAA Tournament almost every year.