Over the next several weeks we here at ITLH will breakdown the 2017 Syracuse football campaign ahead of the season opener.
Over the next several weeks I will breakdown the Syracuse University Orange Football team’s season game by game. In recent articles I have broken down how the schedule is a murderer’s row of who’s who in college football including a visit to the Dome by last year’s National Champion Clemson Tigers.
Well as we break down the Orange’s first opponent I will tell you all is not lost.
Not only do we have a strong returning receiving core that I broke down in ‘Next Man Up’; we have a veteran quarterback who I have heard is in the Heisman running (#Dungey4Heisman) and outstanding junior college transfer receiving tight end and a head coach with a winning mentality that brings an impressive 41-24 career win loss record (that is including last year’s debacle of 4-8). Another little known fact working in the favor of the Orange is the veteran roster.
Calling it a veteran roster is a little bit of an understatement. As they have a nation’s best 20 returning starters. Yes you read that correctly TWENTY! They are battle tested and looking to come back from a disappointing 2016 season.
Pardon this interruption…
I would like to take a brief moment for a public service announcement. Syracuse University Athletics Department is conducting a military appreciation “Military Pass” offering veterans and active duty military two complimentary tickets to home football games each month of the season. Coupled with being an Orange faithful I am a twenty year veteran myself and I would like to thank the Orange for recognizing the sacrifice of our service members both past and present.
But I digress on to the breakdown, training camp kicks off Sunday July 30th with the first game scheduled for Friday night lights in the Dome on September 1st. The Dome will host Central Connecticut State (2016 record 2-9) for the opening of the season. Before I hear any chuckles out there of ‘this is the toughest schedule in the country?’ Let me remind you that Clemson scheduled Kent State and the Citadel to their National Championship schedule last year.
I expect no big challenge here. While I do expect the veteran Orange team to get firing on all cylinders.
Until next time GO ORANGE!