Fans of collegiate sports know that the Syracuse Orange is a basketball powerhouse. When its team plays on the hardwood, it usually wins. In fact, the Orange has won its share of national titles. For Syracuse University and its basketball program, “March Madness” is a time to succeed and celebrate.
The same cannot be said for the school’s football program. When the Orange set foot on the gridiron, it usually leads to depressing defeat. Consider what happened to this squad last year, in 2014.
Under the leadership of third year Head Coach Scott Shafer, the Orange, a squad that calls the rugged Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) home, produced a weak Won-Loss record of 3-9. It was even worse for this team when its opponents were other Conference members. Syracuse University managed just one win in eight conference games.
Clearly, the Head Coach, players and fans of the team looked at 2015 as a time to improve. After all, it was going to be difficult to win fewer than the three games won in 2014. The new season has gotten off to a rousing start. The Orange has played two games so far, both at home. Here’s what has happened.
On Friday, September 4th, Syracuse University blasted the University of Rhode Island, winning by an impressive score of 47-0. Last Saturday, September 12th, the Orange hosted a team from Wake Forest University and beat it, as well. The final score was 30—17.
There are five more home games on this year’s schedule, two of which will be played against nationally-ranked squads. Central Michigan University will visit Syracuse on September 19th. Thirteenth-ranked Louisiana State University (LSU) plays the Orange in Syracuse on September 26th while the Panthers of the University of Pittsburgh present the home team with a challenge on October 24th.
The home schedule ends with contests against eleventh-ranked Clemson University on November 14th and Boston College on November 28th.
The Orange will play five road contests. These include visits to the University of South Florida (USF) on October 10th, the University of Virginia of October 17th, Louisville University’s Cardinals on November 7th and North Carolina State University on November 28th.
It is early in the 2015 Season, but the team known as “the Orange” has shown lots of improvement. Its two wins prove that this offensively-minded group of players from Syracuse University has the firepower to compete against every team it faces this year.
While it may not win all of its games, it certainly seems likely that the Orange will represent the school well and complete the schedule with more wins than losses.
If things go really well, Syracuse University’s football team may even earn an invitation to a bowl game.
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