Carlson: Syracuse football’s schedule favors return to bowl game in 2020

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Syracuse celebrates against Pittsburgh. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kicia Sears, The Juice Online.’s Chris Carlson calls in to review the 2019 Syracuse football season and look ahead to 2020 with host Wes Cheng on The Juice on the Cuse podcast hosted by TJO editor in chief Brad Bierman then calls in to chat about the basketball team’s historic struggles in the early going.

Here are the highlights from the show:

Wesley Cheng: It’s early considering the 2019 season just ended, but I want to look forward to 2020. Do you see Syracuse as a team that rebounds and gets back into a bowl next year, or is it another season on the bubble?

Chris Carlson: I think it’s going to be on the bubble. But I do think they’re going to sneak in at 6-6. The schedule is pretty weak next year, again. They have Rutgers. They have Liberty. And their division: Boston College is going to have a new coach. Wake Forest loses a lot of their senior talent. North Carolina State was not very good this year. Georgia Tech is the crossover opponent. They won three games this year. The schedule sets up favorably for Syracuse to scratch and claw its way to the six-win level. Maybe they’ll surprise me and be better, but I do like their chances of going to a lower-level bowl next year.

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1.’s Chris Carlson calls in
2. What went wrong in 2019?
3. What kind of defensive coordinator should SU hire?
4. Biggest concerns/strengths heading into 2020
5. Predictions for 2020 season
6. Editor in chief Brad Bierman calls in
7. Loss to Iowa
8. Losing becoming the new norm for Syracuse basketball
9. Closing thoughts and wrap up

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Wes has worked for covering the New York Knicks, as well as for covering Syracuse athletics. Wes has also been a contributing writer for the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), for SportsNet New York (SNY) as a news desk writer covering all of New York professional sports, and reported on the NBA and MLB for the New York Sportscene. A native of Long Island, New York, Wes graduated from Syracuse University in 2005 with a degree in journalism. Contact him at wes[at]