The ACC released its schedule for the 2020 football season. Syracuse football has many challenges that will put the team to the test.
It’s time to turn all attention to Syracuse football. With the ACC announcing a schedule, the possibility of a season happening amidst the COVID pandemic seems much more likely.
The Orange announced their schedule on social media with defensive back Cam Jonas on the graphic.
Our new 2️⃣0️⃣2️⃣0️⃣ schedule is here‼️
— Syracuse Football (@CuseFootball) August 6, 2020
The schedule includes 10 ACC games and a non-conference game against Liberty. The Orange will also have six home games compared to five away contests. The Notre Dame game would normally be a non-conference game as well, but due to the coronavirus altering the schedule, the ACC has let them join the conference for scheduling purposes this season.
Cuse will open the season with two straight away games against North Carolina and Pittsburgh, before returning home for a trio of matchups against Georgia Tech, Duke, and Liberty.
October 24th will be a date to circle, as the Orange travel to Clemson and try to knock off the Tigers for the second time in four years.
Syracuse football will finish with three home games in their final five, ending with an away game versus national powerhouse, Notre Dame.
At first glance, this is a flip-flopped schedule from previous. Before coronavirus forced conferences to alter schedules, Syracuse was rated as having the easiest schedule in the ACC. Now, with away games against Clemson and Notre Dame, it seems like the Orange may have one of the toughest schedules in college football.
Another interesting tidbit – SU will only play one Friday game, with the other ten on Saturday. In the past, Syracuse football has been a hot commodity for weekday games. Game times have still yet to be announced, so perhaps the Orange will receive a night game or two.
The Orange will also have two bye-weeks. The first one will come in between home games against Georgia Tech and Duke on October 3. This means SU will be at home for four consecutive weeks. Their second bye-week is on the week of November 14, after a home game against Boston College, and before their lone Friday game versus Louisville on November 20.
It’s tough to come up with a true prediction, as college football players have started to opt-out of the season due to COVID concerns. However, it seems doable for at least a six-win season, as long as Syracuse can come together, especially during their long, early-season homestand.
The first game is against North Carolina on September 12.