Each week, well take a look at what those other college football media sites are saying about the Syracuse Orange. After the victory against the Boston College Eagles Syracuse is up to 18th in the AP and Coaches polls, but lets take a look at what everyone else is saying.
Syracuse is up four spots to 44th (#BRAND), right between the Texas Tech Red Raiders and Virginia Cavaliers.
The Orange rebounded from an ugly loss to Notre Dame at Yankee Stadium last week by winning 42-21 at Boston College. Syracuse won nine games in a season for the first time since 2001 and will play in a bowl game for the first time since 2013. It also finished second in the ACC, behind No. 2 Clemson, after it was picked to finish last in the Atlantic Division in the preseason. Quarterback Eric Dungey, who missed most of last weeks game because of a lower back injury, recovered to pass for 362 yards with three touchdowns and run for three more scores. He became only the third player in school history to account for six touchdowns in a game; Jim Brown (1956) and Zack Mahoney (2016) are the others.
Syracuse moves up one spot in the latest AP Poll
Syracuse completed its best regular season since 2001 with a decisive win over Boston College. Dino Babers is building something special up north.
Syracuse.coms Chris Carlson also keeps the Orange 2nd in his ACC Power Rankings this week after the successful finish to the regular season.
There was a brief time when some wondered who Syracuses best option at quarterback was. Eric Dungey has made that conversation look silly.
The big thing to remember is the ACCs two-win rule; for example, a 7-5 team cannot jump a 9-3 team in the bowl pecking order. (League record and head-to-head are irrelevant.) An 8-4 team could be selected ahead a 9-3 team.
One week after leaving the Notre Dame game with back spasms, Dungey threw for 362 yards, rushed for three touchdowns and ran over one Boston College defender, showing exactly how important his physicality is to the Orange offense.
Dungey has made a strong case for ACC Offensive Player of the Year, while helping cement head coach Dino Babers case as ACC Coach of the Year. Together, they delivered the best one-year turnaround in the conference and the leagues biggest surprise season.
CBS Sports 1-130 keeps Syracuse at 18th this week. The Orange are behind the Boise State Broncos and just ahead of the Fresno State Bulldogs.
SU finished out the regular season with a 42-21 road win over Boston College. Syracuse finishes second in the ACC Atlantic Division after being predicted to finish last in the division.
The Athletic pushes the Orange up one spot to 19th in their rankings this week remaining right in between the Utah Utes and Mississippi St. Bulldogs.
Syracuse, N.Y. — The Syracuse football team did all it could during the seasons final weekend to secure the best bowl bid possible.
The Orange beat back a quality opponent on the road, thumping Boston College 42-21, and made it look relatively easy. The win established the Orange as the ACC team with the second-best regular-season performance and almost-assuredly the second-best College Football Playoff ranking.
Despite that, there are still questions about where Syracuse will ultimately head for its bowl game.
Here is your weekly reminder of how the ACCs bowl affiliations work this season, along with a link to a larger version.
Among the national bowl projections, the majority have Syracuse projected to the Camping World Bowl in Orlando, Fla. The Orange would be matched up against a Big XII opponent.
SB Nations Jason Kirk projects Syracuse to face West Virginia in the Camping World Bowl. ESPNs Kyle Bonagura projects Syracuse to face West Virginia in the Camping World Bowl. CBS Sports Jerry Palm projects Syracuse to face West Virginia in the Camping World Bowl NBC Sports Bryan Fisher projects Syracuse to face West Virginia in the Camping World Bowl ESPNs Mitch Sherman projects Syracuse to face Iowa State in the Camping World Bowl.
There are only three real ACC options for the Camping World Bowl. Syracuse and North Carolina State are both 9-3. Pittsburgh is the Coastal Division Champion at 7-5.
Syracuse has clearly established itself as having the best resume, thanks to its national ranking and a head-to-head home win over North Carolina State. Syracuse played a tougher schedule than the Wolfpack and finished with the same record (or better). It finished two games ahead of Pittsburgh (barring an upset in the ACC title game).
The Camping World Bowl gets the first choice of an ACC team outside of the New Years Six. Most projections assume the Camping World Bowl committee will grab the best team available, which would be Syracuse.
The Camping World Bowl doesnt come with a lot of name recognition, a hallowed tradition or a built-in New Years Day audience. It doesnt sound big.
The game was started in 1990 and has changed sponsors six times since its first edition in 1990, when it was the Blockbuster Bowl (Fun fact: There is actually one, and only one, Blockbuster Video store remaining in the United States).
Syracuse played in the game in 2004 when it was the Champs Sports Bowl, losing 51-14 to Georgia Tech in a game that marked the final game for former head coach Paul Pasqualoni at SU.
It might seem a little strange for a successful season to end in the same place that wasnt good enough to extend Pasqualonis time, but the bowl hierarchy has changed significantly since then.
Not finishing this year with a visit to a bowl with major history, like the Orange Bowl, might feel like a disappointment to traditional college football fans. But its also a product of circumstances outside SUs control.
In two out of three seasons, the Orange would likely be headed for the Orange Bowl as the ACCs highest-ranked team outside the College Football Playoff. This year, however, the ACCs automatic slot in the Orange Bowl isnt available because it is being used as a national semifinal.
The Camping World Bowl is next in the ACC hierarchy but it is permitted the opportunity to choose its teams, rather than fill them via the CFP process.
Earning the invitation would be a pretty impressive achievement for Syracuse and it should be considered the teams biggest postseason game since the schools appearance in the Orange Bowl after the 1998 season.