Syracuse Heads to Miami After Last Week’s Upset Over Clemson
Coming off a win against the reigning college football national champion Clemson Tigers, Syracuse faces another uphill battle this coming weekend.
On Saturday, Syracuse will take on the No. 8 ranked team in the nation, the Miami Hurricanes. Miami is unbeaten and coming off a nail-biter of a victory, beating Georgia Tech 25-24. The Hurricanes converted a 4th-and-10 with under a minute to go in the game, which set the stage for a game winning 28-yard field goal. The matchup gives Syracuse an opportunity to beat ranked teams in back-to-back weeks, something they haven't accomplished since the 1983 season.
The win against Clemson was the second time in the last two seasons that Syracuse defeated a ranked opponent. Last season, the Orange upset then No. 17 ranked Virginia Tech in the Carrier Dome. After that game, a video of first year head coach Dino Babers celebrating with his team in the locker room went viral.
Now in his second year at the helm for the Orange, Babers seems to slowly be turning the football program around. For so long, Syracuse has been known as a "basketball school." The win last season against Virginia Tech, combined with last weeks win over Clemson, gives legitimacy to a program that the university, students and fan base has long craved. A win on Saturday against Miami would be another huge step for the future of the football program.