Why did the SU football team, which was sitting on top of the Big East World late on the evening of Oct. 21 following a 49-23 dismantling of Top 15 ranked West Virginia, implode with a fourth consecutive defeat, a disheartening 30-13 Senior Day loss to Cincinnati in the Dome on Saturday, to drop to 5-6 with a game left to play?
Throw in the fact that bowl eligibility is no guarantee of an invitation, would that scenario come into play if a 6-6 Syracuse needs the Big East’s help in being placed outside the conference’s contractually-obligated bowl partnerships with Notre Dame (the Champs Sports Bowl’s once-in- four-years selection at 8-3 with a game at Stanford to play), Rutgers, Cincinnati, West Virginia and Louisville already seemingly accounting for 5 of the 6 league’s bowl tie-ins?
With the unconfirmed (as of early Friday) suspension of defensive standout Phillip Thomas for perhaps the final two games, and offensive struggles reminiscent of last November’s swoon, it’s time for Marrone, his staff, and players to once again rally in a one-game setting that will go a long way towards defining the pulse of the program’s direction as it heads towards the bridge to the ACC.
On this Veterans Day in the waters off of Coronado, Calif., just a hop, skip, and a jump from downtown San Diego, pre-season top-ranked North Carolina and Michigan State make history by playing their season opener on an aircraft carrier, the USS Carl Vinson, and thus the game’s name: The Carrier Classic.
As most Orange hoops fans got their first glimpse of Jim Boeheim’s 36th edition this past Tuesday night in a 30-point exhibition game win over Div. II Cal-State Los Angeles, the buzz all fall has been about the vast amount of talent on hand that has the ability to propel the ‘Cuse to its fifth Final Four in school history.
It may be the newly-named Mercedes-Benz Superdome where the SU football team won its fourth game of the season as the clock struck zero last Saturday night against Tulane, but to most ‘Cuse fans it will always be the Louisiana Superdome, or simply the Superdome, a venue that’s second to none when it comes to naming the site that has hosted the most number of meaningful SU football and basketball games played outside the city of Syracuse.
Trivia Time: Who’s the only Big East team in history to go undefeated in all 18 men’s and women’s sponsored sports? Why, of course, it’s TCU, the trick answer to the trick question, that now has truly made the future of the Big East football conference, at least as a BCS member down the road, well… tricky.