With Syracuse football kicking off this weekend, it’s time to look at the most critical matchups for the Orange this season. What games will make or break 2012 for SU?
Doug Marrone faces a daunting schedule; its non-conference slate has been ranked by many as the toughest in the nation. Couple that with a much improved Big East and that makes for one heck of a ride for the boys on the Hill.
The good news is many Syracuse players are embracing the challenge. Safety Shamarko Thomas told The Fizz at Big East Media Day the more wins SU tacks up with this schedule means more of a chance the Orange will be “put on the map.” Here are the four most important matchups for the Orange.
Northwestern, 9/1, Carrier Dome
With such a difficult schedule, SU needs to get the ball rolling early and pile up those September wins. SU only has one bye week this season - and it’s in September. The Orange plays eight straight games to finish the year, and that’s why success is necessary against the Wildcat...