Orange Watch: So how did we do on the 2013 Syracuse football schedule?

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Overall, only so-so for Orange Watch in our first-ever edition of scheduleology, released hours before the official ACC Conference release Monday afternoon.

It wasn’t hard lining up the first four games; The Juice Online tweeted out Wagner last week, and we correctly predicted the first open week.

When it comes to ACC play, we correctly prognosticated only one home game in Oct. and three in Nov. and Boston College being the final game, although the ACC and ESPN originally said 10 months ago the re-awakening of this historical Northeast rivalry was going to be played on Thanksgiving Friday, thus our guess.

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Syracuse will play Boston College in November

We came close but didn’t hit any other ACC dates on the nose.  All games are Saturdays, and the two back-to-back road game stretches are offset by the final two games at home.

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As to how the rest of the schedule plays out, obviously a tough Big Ten duo to start with first before what should be a pretty decent crowd at MetLife Stadium with the Nittany Lions ardent followers, followed by the game at Northwestern.

FCS program Wagner (counts towards bowl eligibility) and Tulane balance things out, before Clemson makes its Dome debut for the inaugural ACC game, and no doubt the week before will be filled with video images on TV/online of the 1996 Gator Bowl game between the teams and Donovan McNabb connecting twice with Marvin Harrison for scores in the 41-0 embarrassment of the 23rd ranked Tigers.

Predicted Actual
Aug. 31 Penn State (MetLife Stadium) Aug. 31 Penn State (MetLife Stadium)
Sept. 7 at Northwestern Sept. 7 at Northwestern
Sept. 14 WAGNER Sept. 14 WAGNER
Sept. 21 TULANE Sept. 21 TULANE
Sept. 28 (No Game) Sept. 28 (No Game)
Oct. 3 at North Carolina State (Thursday) Oct. 5 CLEMSON
Oct. 12 PITTSBURGH Oct. 12 at North Carolina State
Oct. 19 at Florida State Oct. 19 at Georgia Tech
Oct. 26 at Georgia Tech Oct. 26   (No Game)
Nov. 9 (No Game) Nov. 9 at Maryland
Nov. 16 WAKE FOREST Nov. 16 at Florida State
Nov. 23 at Maryland Nov. 23 PITTSBURGH
Dec. 7 ACC Championship Game-Charlotte Dec. 7 ACC Championship Game-Charlotte

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Now in his sixth decade of covering SU sports, Brad was sports director of WSYR radio for eight years into the early 1990s, then wrote the Orange Watch column for The Big Orange/The Juice print publication for 18 years. A Syracuse University graduate, Brad currently runs his own media consulting business in the Philadelphia suburbs. Follow him on Twitter @BradBierman.