this was a bad one.
Syracuse loses to Boston College, 58 27.
That graphic says it was not pretty.
It was not good.
Syracuse Scott outgained by a time on both the ground.
They let up a school record in terms of rushing out rushing yards allowed B C had their most rushing yards in program history, and they got burned in the past.
Wasn't like BC only did one thing they were able to take advantage of.
Syracuse is an ability to stop the run to run plenty of play action.
It got so bad it at the end, we saw Rex Culpepper in a quarterback.
We saw backups in the game in the fourth quarter, and all in all, this is a really frustrating game on a different on a lot of different levels.
First and foremost, this basically killed Syracuse season.
There's almost no chance at a bowl at this point.
Even though Syracuse does have a path to six wins, it would require winning two games on the road against Duke and Louisville and then a home game against Wake Forest, who has been one of the more consistent teams in the a C C, which I just don't see happening at this point on, and I don't think any kind of rejection model will.
Most of them saw Syracuse at least be competitive in this game, and obviously they were not eso with the death of the Syracuse season in terms of looking for postseason eligibility.
This also was a pretty big stake through the heart of a lot of support that people have been giving for Dino Babers.
This is the worst case scenario of anything that could happen.
Syracuse right now is on pace to go three and nine, which would be the exact inverse of what they did last season.
So this has been exactly what everybody warned against.
When it comes to not building a program, Syracuse has lost all momentum that it had from season with no clubs and coming into the Dome next year, season ticket renewals and season ticket rates are probably going to plummet from this year's high.
And this is going to be an ongoing conversation, not just for the rest of this year but into the offseason.
And so because of that, I want to take this time not really to reflect on what happened yesterday.
What happened yesterday was bad.
There's no way to spin it.
There's nothing positive to really take from it.
But there were a lot of narratives that were coming out of the game, about the death of the program, about the death of what Syracuse is as a football team and as a football program.
And I kind of want to dive into some of those things really quickly and kind of put to bed some false narratives that I've seen pop up on social media.
But then also, you know, fully admit that there are other things that need to be looked at eso first and foremost.
There was a lot of talk about the recruiting aspect at Syracuse, and so I'm not a prude expert.
I don't pretend to be if you go to news magician.
I'm never really one of the guys that's writing about recruiting a whole lot just because to me it's a very hit or miss thing that requires a lot of ear to the ground work that I'm just not gonna put in to such a speculative side of the sport.
But what I am going to talk about really briefly is that there's a lot of talk about Syracuse.
Is recruiting being down that right now this is the worst incoming class that Syracuse has ever had that Dino has lost in recruiting That this season will tank all recruited for Syracuse, and that is just factually incorrect right now.
Syracuse has the 55th ranked recruiting our 56 ranks recruiting class in the country.
Last year, they were 55.
This is right in line with whereabouts.
Dino has been recruiting so far this season.
So the narrative that Syracuse that this is his worst recruiting class and therefore his recruiting is going down as well as playoff field is just factually inaccurate.
However, if we are going to talk about recruiting in a critical lens, we can talk about how there has been a real lack of offensive line and defensive line recruiting for the Orange.
A lot of the guy that they brought in have yet to really hit the field in any kind of impactful way.
And part of that, maybe is that offensive linemen are always projects.
Syracuse is never going to be able to find a high impact offensive linemen as a freshman.
One of the perfect examples has been Kadeer White or not.
Here I started basketball, My bad.
I'll have to double check and look, look at the name.
But there was a fire four star offensive line recruit for Brooklyn who was supposed to be, you know, on the offensive line for Syracuse has yet to suit up on the field.
Our own Steve Howler was talking about how would really like to see him kind of come into the ER, come into the fold on the offensive line for the Orange and would like to see.
You know, at this point a year, we should really see a mallet. A field.
And why is this Big four star offensive line player? Not actually, uh, hitting.
Hitting the field? Could it be that the development just isn't there developments? Not there? That's on the coaching staff.
Is it that this player ended up being a relative bust? Well, that goes, that's get on the coaching staff or not recruiting enough offensive line depth to withstand the bust of a four star recruit is supposed to come in and kind of fix the line so again, just to recap.
You can't criticize Gino's recruiting and saying this is the worst recruiting class that he's had that recruiting is going downhill.
In fact, it's very much in line with the slight increase that we've seen in recruiting under Dino Babers and its staff.
So that narrative is false.
However, if you want to pick apart who exactly they're recruiting and how exactly they're recruiting, that's much more open to debate as they're not bringing in the interior linemen that they need.
All that being said somehow, uh, this past Saturday was that the recruit day, where a lot of recruits were coming up to the dome to watch their accuse play D.
C on dhe Syracuse ended up getting a defensive line or crew out of the out of the whole mess of the weekend.
So there are steps being made by the coaching staff to address a lot of these things on.
And that's why, again, the narrative that Syracuse is going to continue to fall off recruiting just isn't true.
The staff is getting in players, they're getting in three and four star guys, so overall you can't knock them for that.
However, if we do want to talk about overall recruit rankings.
And where do you know in the staff, maybe failed, is that a lot of people are pointing out that Syracuse is routinely at the bottom of the A C C for recruiting, and this is accurate.
Last year, they were the bottom a C C team in terms of recruiting rankings this year to date, their 11 out of 12.
So they're right there in that bottom tier, and they haven't really found a way to kind of overtake the rest of the schools.
When Dino Babers was hired, this was a much more linear path that we all saw because the A CC just wasn't recruiting at a very high level.
However, what we've seen is that more schools in the A C C hired better coaches firebending, better coaching staffs, but in a much better idea of how to recruit outside of their local areas.
Virginia and Virginia Tech are expanding their reach not just in the D.
M V and in the coastal care of Virginia areas in the tidal waters Tidewater area.
They're expanding their recruiting reach.
Maryland, leaving the A CC, was supposed to open up the area to the rest of the A.
C C schools, the Big 10 and the S E C.
Has come in and take any high impact recruits from that state, and everybody else is still kind of going to Maryland.
So that area hasn't opened up the way that everybody thought it would.
In fact, it's just become more of a Big 10 space.
Um, when it comes to, uh, where Syracuse is pulling from were supposed to have this big Texas pipeline open with the hiring of Dino Babers, father in law at quarterbacks coach.
That hasn't materialized yet.
The Florida recruiting pipeline that we've had for so many years has kind of dried up, and we're just seeing that a lot of these big impact areas that Syracuse was supposed to take advantage of in order to improve their overall recruit rankings hasn't exactly come to fruition as planned.
And so once again, you can look at the coaching staff and say that they need to adapt in these next few classes.
The class is not nearly put together enough right now.
They're right on pace with where they've been historically in past years.
What that class looks like in terms of where the students are from, where we're pulling from, what kind of athletes were pulling.
That will be a larger conversation to have once the cycle is done.
So you can't really judge Dino and the staff for recruiting right now if you're doing it on a holistic sense, because the cycle isn't done and they're right in line with where they should be.
But at the end of the cycle, if we're still seeing a lot of the same, where there's a lot of high impact wide receivers and quarterbacks coming in, not enough interior players.
Then we can start to have a larger conversation about maybe, where or not they're missing on recruiting and what Dios doing to build the depth and needed to withstand a season like this.
And I think this is the larger part that needs to be talked about.
Yes, there are 1,000,000,000 excuses for this year's team going with the offensive line play, going with the coach and going with the play calling, going with the way that the defense is just not shin and tenacity when team punches them in the face.
That being said last year was a perfect example of what a Dino Babers team could do against a down a C C.
When everything breaks their way, when there's a senior quarterback, when there's a veteran offensive line when the defense has up incomers who there's no game film thio kind of scheme against theirs, a system in place that Dino has that takes advantage of those margins and is able to elevate Syracuse to a level where, when the running, their offense at tempo, when they're able to keep defense, is off balance when they're able to take advantage of less than stellar player on the conference, they're able to put together a nine and three season.
However, I think this year shows the opposite extreme of that.
But it where when there is no death, when there is not the kind of playmakers on the interior of the defensive line or the linebacking crew when there is no basically all those things that went right, don't go right for you.
Syracuse just doesn't have the depth right now in order to replenish and still compete at the A C C level.
That's a few years from now.
And while Syracuse fans aren't going to like that.
While no college football fan likes to hear that in this era, there needs to be depth built and Dino and his staff needed least five years before there could be enough players who were brought in with this system with a full coaching cycle of 4 to 5 years.
For players who red shirt for this whole system to kind of coalesce and come together.
Is the team really bad right now? Yes, they're they're not good.
And even if this whole team was healthy, I don't think they're much better than a six and 16.
That being said, it's not great.
This is not the season to judge Dino on, nor was last year.
Do you know what I think? Next year is really the year where we kind of make those evaluated decisions on whether or not this system can work long term when things don't necessarily break 100%.
But also we see that with the actual four of this team is when there's depth when there's a system in place that's ready to replenish on DSO.
I appreciate commenters pointing out that the offenses were they allowed almost 60 points and, yeah, the defense needs a lot of work, and this leads to my final point, which is kind of talking about what coaching staff members are going to be. Let go.
I don't think Dino is ever going to get rid of defensive coordinator Brian Ward.
Ward's been with him since Day one has been his guy.
That being said, I do think there needs to be a look at a lot of peripheral coaching positions and say, If you're not recruiting at the level that need to be recruiting at, what else are you bringing to the table with this defense? I think one of the larger points that needs to be brought up is that even though I fully admit this, that I was talking about how good the Syracuse defense was, historically, it still had major holes specifically up the middle.
There's not really any impact.
Interior defensive lineman Josh Black is really solid when he's a depth guy when he's the starting guy because Kenneth Williams has been unavailable.
That's a huge step down In terms of talent.
The linebacking corps is nowhere near as deep as it needs to be and so you're running out two linebackers who you know outside of Akeem Williams.
There's not really anybody that I that I think is at an A C C caliber right now.
Michael Jones could be LeapPad, but could be their freshman who are just still learning the system.
And that takes a lot of time, especially when you're a linebacker playing a to linebacker system.
There's a lot more responsibly that gets put on there that just a freshman can't go through.
I give Andrew Armstrong all the credit in the world.
He's been starting every game.
He's been there.
There's just not been any sort of development in terms of play recognition that has shown that he or Williams should be out there constantly against BC.
They were getting caught flat footed.
BC was able to utilize jet sweeps encounters to make the linebackers move over, commit second guess, and that allowed them to just pound the middle of the field.
When your linebackers are frozen and getting hits at that second level, instead of doing any kind of hitting at the offensive line or in the backfield BC, even if they didn't put up 60 points, they wouldn't put up 40 points because they would have controlled the ball and gotten three yards every single play, and they would have been able to move the ball much more methodically rather than the splash plays that they did.
So while the defense does need work, I think that there really needs to be an understanding that the linebackers in the interior defensive line just aren't there.
And it's not necessarily going to get better next year because you're going to be losing out on Robinson and Kendall Coleman, who are the two best players on that front for without them, the line get takes a significant step back.
I don't know if it improves in the interior.
I don't know if the defensive ends are going to be nearly as good, which means that you need to look to the linebacking corps to get better and again.
That's a lot of pressure to put on two freshmen that you just brought in who had been able to play up at times.
But Michael Jones got some couple of really bad penalties in this last game that has shown that he's still a freshman learning the system.
You want to say that his growth and development will be linear.
But this year is proof that that doesn't always happen.
S oh, yeah, the defense definitely needs a lot of work.
I don't think the secondary is nearly as good as we thought it was, especially when it comes to coverage.
There are just too many times where Brian Ward was not confident in his team lining up Manda man on BC.
That's they had to play soft zone coverage that they couldn't even find a way to commit to and play well on.
So overall, the defense is nowhere near as good as I thought it could be.
I don't think it's nearly as good as people say it is.
I think that this is really a unit that got exposed against BC when it shows that once you find a weakness, you could just hammer it over and over again.
Duke is a really well coached team that's going to continue to do that.
Louisville, under Scott's, Satterfield has shown that they can take advantage of everything that you give them.
They've got one of the top 40 offenses in the country right now.
They're goingto absolutely destroy Syracuse's defense if they don't make any adjustments and in Syracuse finishes off against Wake Forest.
Who's won the most balanced teams in the A C C.
I don't think that this showing against BC is going to be a fluke.
I think it's going to be more of what we're going to see over the next few weeks.
So, yeah, this is This is not great.
This has been a really tough time to be a Syracuse football fan.
I understand if there's a lot of people jumping off the bandwagon, especially since basketball season starts up on Wednesday.
But that being said, I don't think that it's fair to this coaching staff to judge them entirely on this season if you were also judging them entirely on last year.
This is the proof that Syracuse is just not a program that reloads they need to rebuild, and last year was a rival ahead of schedule to where this program can be.
So we're gonna dive into this more throughout the week at news magician.
I know that everyone's probably tired of talking about football and how bad they are.
We're gonna try to get a little bit more ****ytical on some of the things that Syracuse can do to improve on some of the things that we should be looking towards for the rest of the year in terms of Ah, lot of the younger players will probably get reps from here on out.
And we're going to be definitely talking a lot more about the changes that Dino Babers needs to make to his staff in order to remain competitive and at least show something to the fans that there are changes coming for next year.
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I'm going to go wash some NFL action today and hope that that fixes the broken hole that college football has left in my heart the this past weekend.
As always, go orange, even when the times are bad because you never know what could happen next year, and you never know what could happen.
Still got Still got some hope that there's a least some positive signs of life from this team moving forward.
Thanks again, everybody.
And I will talk to you probably the next couple of days, when we start to look towards how Thio be Duke.
Have a good one, guys.