Syracuse Orange: 5 Reasons They Will Compete for BCS Title

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Syracuse Orange: 5 Reasons They Will Compete for BCS Title
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The Syracuse Orange football team started the 2011 season 5-2, upsetting top-25 West Virginia in the process before losing five straight games to finish the season at 5-7.

The Orange will also be heading into 2012 losing crucial players on defense: defensive linemen Chandler Jones to the New England Patriots in the 2012 NFL draft, Mikhail Marinovich to graduation, the suspension of safety Philip Thomas, who will also enter the 2012 NFL Draft.

Even worse for the Orange is that on offense they will be losing their 1,000-yard running back Antwan Bailey, offensive linemen Andrew Tiller, tight end Nick Provo and wide receiver Van Chew, all to graduation.

Things can't get worse, right?


The Orange will also have one of the toughest schedules in the nation in 2012, facing the likes of USC, who will be No. 1 in preseason college football rankings, playing at Northwestern, at Missouri, at Minnesota, and playing four out of their last five games of the season on the road.

However dark the future looks for this team in 2012, here are five reasons why Syracuse will overcome the odds and compete for a BCS title in the near future.

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