The Confidential’s 2016 Football Over-Under: Syracuse
Last year, the Confidential unveiled over-unders for each ACC school. For Syracuse, the over-under was set at 5.5 regular season wins. Ultimately, the Orange fell short of that, resulting in a coaching change. This year, there is optimism with a new coaching staff and scheme–but concern regarding the defense and the ordinarily challenging OOC schedule. The Confidential sets the over-under for Syracuse at 4.5 regular season wins.
Here is the schedule for 2016:
- 9/2/16: Colgate
- 9/9/16: Louisville
- 9/17/16: South Florida
- 9/24/16: @ UConn
- 10/1/16: Notre Dame (neutral site)
- 10/8/16: @ Wake Forest
- 10/15/16: Virginia Tech
- 10/22/16: @ Boston College
- 11/5/16: @ Clemson
- 11/12/16: NC State
- 11/19/16: Florida State
- 11/26/16: @ Pitt
Very likely wins: Colgate, UConn
Very likely losses: Notre Dame, Clemson, Florida State, Pitt
Verdict: Syracuse has struggled to beat Pitt on the road (since 2001) and is a long shot to beat Notre Dame, Clemson, or Florida State. Still, it is not hard to believe that the team cannot find a few wins among USF, Wake Forest, Boston College, and North Carolina State. Also, look for Dino Babers’ squad to pull at least one mild upset–perhaps Louisville or Virginia Tech. A bowl game may be a year away though. The Confidential sets the over-under at 4.5 wins.
What do you think? Will Syracuse go over or under 4.5 regular season wins?