The Syracuse Orange were ranked first in a preseason football poll made by Athlon Sports on Friday. The site said the Orange should be good enough to make another bowl appearance and compete in the middle of the ACC:
“With numerous returners on each side of the ball and the momentum from the Texas Bowl win over Minnesota, Syracuse is poised to take another step in 2014. Yet the talent gap between the Orange and ACC Atlantic Division members Florida State and Clemson remains huge. Every other game will be a crapshoot, and another upper-division finish and bowl are attainable.”
The Orange finished 7-6 last season under coach Scott Shafer. They were able to win a bowl game in Shafer’s first season as they defeated the Minnesota Golden Gophers 21-17 in the Texas Bowl in Houston. The Orange were the 10th highest ACC team ranked by Athlon. ACC foe and defending National Champion Florida State was ranked at the top of the site’s’ list.