Orange Watch: Altered COVID-19 Syracuse schedules miss key ACC rival

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Tyus Battle looks to drive against Florida state. Mandatory Photo Credit: Initra Marilyn, The Juice Online.

Item: The ACC has had to adjust on the fly all season with the COVID-19 pandemic, constantly altering schedules as various teams report infections and outbreaks. Already, Syracuse basketball has had several pauses within its own program because of outbreaks, and has had games either postponed or cancelled, causing scheduling changes that often occur with only a few days notice. That has created some noticeable holes in both Syracuse football and basketball’s schedules.

Are Syracuse and Florida State really in the same conference?

We’re being facetious, of course, but after bringing football independent Notre Dame aboard as a league member in the one-off COVID season, dropping the FSU game was one of the changes that occurred to SU football’s 2020 schedule.

In addition, after canceling the January 6 Florida State basketball game three days prior to the meeting in the Dome, it certainly appears as though the current 16th ranked Seminoles will remain absent from the 2020-21 hoops schedule based on a lack of compatible dates through the first week of March.

As a result, and assuming there are no further alterations, FSU and Wake Forest will be the only conference teams the ‘Cuse will not end up playing this season in a shortened 17-game ACC slate.

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Syracuse and Florida State have met each season in basketball dating back to SU’s entry into the ACC in the 2014-15 season. Though the Orange has owned an overall 7-5 advantage against the ‘Noles, Leonard Hamilton and crew have gotten the edge recently, winning the last three matchups, including an 80-77 triumph over the Orange on Feb. 15, 2020, despite 25 points from Elijah Hughes.

The gridiron has been more unkind to Syracuse in its matchup against the Seminoles, with FSU holding an 11-2 all-time record. Most recently, the Orange triumphed in its magical 10-win season in 2018 with a 30-7 win. But Seminoles got their revenge in 2019, before the 2020 matchup was scrapped because of COVID-19 scheduling changes.

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