Syracuse football will face three teams ranked in preseason Coaches poll

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The preseason Coaches top-25 poll ahead of the 2023 campaign is out, and Syracuse football is not included. No surprise there.

Three of the Orange’s opponents in the upcoming term are included in this top-25 poll. By the way, the preseason Associated Press top-25 poll is slated for release on Monday, Aug. 14.

Making the cut in the preseason Coaches top-25 poll, among ‘Cuse foes for 2023, are Florida State at No. 8, Clemson at No. 9 and North Carolina at No. 20.

None of the Orange’s non-conference opponents (Colgate, Western Michigan, Purdue and Army) is featured in the preseason Coaches top-25 poll.

Syracuse football will battle several squads ranked in the preseason this coming stanza.

It makes sense that the Seminoles, the Tigers and the Tar Heels are in the preseason Coaches top-25 poll. Those are the top-three groups in the Atlantic Coast Conference’s preseason media poll, which was disclosed last week, with Clemson at No. 1, FSU at No. 2 and UNC at No. 3 (the ‘Cuse is No. 10 here).

To make things even more challenging for the Orange, it will suit up versus these three teams all in a row between late September and mid-October, with two of those encounters coming on the road against presumed ACC heavyweights North Carolina and then Florida State.

Two other Syracuse football 2023 foes were in the “others receiving votes” category of the preseason Coaches top-25 poll. They are Pittsburgh, which the Orange will play this November in New York City, and Wake Forest, which the ‘Cuse will host in late November in the 2023 regular-season finale.

All in all, Syracuse football will have six home games, five true road contests and one neutral-site affair in the upcoming campaign. The full calendar is below, and I included where various Orange opponents were situated in the preseason Coaches top-25 poll.

Syracuse Football 2023 Schedule
Saturday, Sept. 2
vs. Colgate

Saturday, Sept. 9
vs. Western Michigan

Saturday, Sept. 16
at Purdue

Saturday, Sept. 23
vs. Army

Saturday, Sept. 30
vs. Clemson
No. 9 in the preseason Coaches top-25 poll

Saturday, Oct. 7
at North Carolina
No. 20 in the preseason Coaches top-25 poll

Saturday, Oct. 14
at Florida State
No. 8 in the preseason Coaches top-25 poll

Thursday, Oct. 26
at Virginia Tech

Friday, Nov. 3
vs. Boston College

Saturday, Nov. 11
vs. Pittsburgh (in New York City)
Others receiving votes in the preseason Coaches top-25 poll (No. 5)

Saturday, Nov. 18
at Georgia Tech

Saturday, Nov. 25
vs. Wake Forest
Others receiving votes in the preseason Coaches top-25 poll (tied for No. 24)

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