The Syracuse Orange desperately need to obtain bowl eligibility in order to maintain some semblance of program optimism. That starts with winning six games. Orange fans are thanking the football gods that the number has not been moved up to seven this season.
The Orange finished their non-conference schedule yesterday by adding a November 17th road game against the Missouri Tigers, according to SU Athletics. The rest of Syracuse's non-conference schedule includes Northwestern (September 1), USC (NYC September 8), Stony Brook (September 15) and Minnesota (September 22).
For those at home counting, that's two B1G, a Pac-12 favorite, and SEC. The only other team with that kind of schedule is Notre Dame.
It could have been worse, though.
The Orange were left in a difficult position due to West Virginia's exit from the Big East and uncertainty from Boise State joining for the 2012. As the Columbia Tribune reports, the Orange were also looking at scheduling Arkansas, Florida State, Boise State and Nevada.
Another interesting mentioned in an SB Nation post is that the Orange's "completed" schedule has a Big East road game that is marked TBA. With recent rumors swirling around Temple, this could be the tip that the Owls are joining the Big East in 2012.
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