The members of the SU football traveling contingent awoke in their hotel in the Southland Friday morning, the vast area of Southern California covering nine counties and home to the nation’s second largest metropolitan area with some 17 million residents, and certainly a long way from central New York both geographically, culturally, and meteorologically.
After posting a perfect record through Week 1, the Big East struggled mightily in Week 2. Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Louisville had their hands full against FCS opponents, while Rutgers, Cincinnati and Connecticut all fell on the road. No. 19 West Virginia trailed Norfolk State at the half before finding their offense. Arguably, the lone bright spot was No. 22 South Florida, who riding high off their Week 1 win over Notre Dame, easily handled Ball State by 30.
Whirlwind may turn out to be too tame a word to describe the inevitable change coming to college football conferences beginning as soon as next season, and certainly in the years heading into the mid-decade. With billions of TV dollars at stake, especially with new media players arriving to drive up rights fees, and an ever-increasing number of platforms to deliver the programming, it’s certainly not a matter of if, but when.
No. 12 Florida will visit the Carrier Dome to take on No. 4 Syracuse on Friday, Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m. ET. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN. This will mark the third time in four years the two squads have met. The Orange topped the Gators 89-83 in the 2008 CBE Classic semifinal and won 85-73 in Tampa the following season as part of the 2009 SEC/Big East Invitational.
Paul Pasqualoni needs no introduction to Syracuse football fans. Pasqualoni concluded his 14-year tenure at Syracuse as the Orange’s second-winningest coach with 107 victories. Following his time with Syracuse, Pasqualoni coached with the Miami Dolphins and Dallas Cowboys before returning to the Big East as the head coach of Connecticut. He recently spoke with The Juice Online’s Brad Bierman during Big East media day.