Schedule Breakdown — 2022 Syracuse Football preview

Nov 27, 2021; Syracuse, New York, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers running back Vincent Davis (22) is tackled by Syracuse Orange defensive back Ja'Had Carter (11) and linebacker Marlowe Wax (2) in the second quarter at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Five ACC teams enter the season in the top 25 of the national polls… and four of them appear on Syracuse’s schedule.  Clemson starts off at #4 in the country, backed by North Carolina State (#13), Miami (#16), Pittsburgh (#17), and Wake Forest (#22).  Only the Hurricanes do not face off with SU.

Fear not, though, as #5 Notre Dame highlights the non-conference slate by making a rare visit to Syracuse.  The Irish make it a total of five ranked teams on the Orange schedule and, even better, all five of those opponents appear in the six-week span after the bye week.

Purdue is the second-biggest name on the schedule outside of ACC play.  The Boilermakers, who are coming off a 9-4 season, received votes in the preseason polls, but did not reach the top 25.  Regional rival Connecticut and FCS opponent Wagner complete the list of non-conference foes.

While crossover opponents Pitt and Virginia finished second and fourth in the Coastal Division, respectively, in the preseason ACC media poll, they did each receive votes as the ACC champion.  That makes seven of the eight conference foes on the SU schedule receiving that honor with only Louisville on the outside.  Once again, the Orange were voted last in the Atlantic Division, this time a distant seventh place horse.

» Recapping Syracuse’s 2021 football season

Sat, Sep 3 vs Louisville 8:00 PM ACCN
Sat, Sep 10 @UConn 7:00 PM CBSSN
Sat, Sep 17 vs Purdue 12:00 PM ESPN2
Fri, Sep 23 vs Virginia 7:00 PM ESPN
Sat, Oct 1 vs Wagner TBD TBD
Sat, Oct 15 vs 13 NC State TBD TBD
Sat, Oct 22 @ 4 Clemson TBD TBD
Sat, Oct 29 vs 5 Notre Dame TBD TBD
Sat, Nov 5 @17 Pittsburgh TBD TBD
Sat, Nov 12 vs Florida State TBD TBD
Sat, Nov 19 @22 Wake Forest TBD TBD
Sat, Nov 26 @Boston College TBD TBD

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A 1996 graduate of Syracuse University, Jim has reported on Syracuse sports for the Syracuse University Alumni Club of Southern California on nearly a decade. He has also written a fantasy basketball column published by He currently resides in Syracuse.