In order to become bowl eligible, the Orange need to win four of their last six games, a tall order for a team which is battling many injuries and has struggled as of late. However, it is in no way impossible. Here is how Syracuse finishes the season:
10/24 vs. Akron
This looks to be the most winnable game left on Syracuse's schedule. Last year, the Orange lost to the Zips in the Carrier Dome, all but sealing the fate of head coach Greg Robinson. Both teams are much different this season, with Syracuse playing at a much higher level while Akron has struggled. The removal of quarterback Chris Jacquemain from the Zips gives Syracuse a decided advantage in this game. The Orange should win handily.
10/31 vs. Cincinnati
After the easiest game on the schedule, the Orange face the No. 5 Bearcats in what may be their toughest test of the season. Cincinnati is the worst matchup the Orange will face all year. Dark horse Heisman candidate Tony Pike has torn apart every defense he has faced, and the Orange are sitting two spots from the absolute basement in college football, in terms of pass defense. This is going to be hard for Syracuse to pull out, and to do so, they'll need to control the ball and win in a shootout.
11/7 @ Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh has been carried by true freshman superstar back Dion Lewis all season, and this could play into the hands of the Orange. Much maligned quarterback Bill Stull will need to lead Pitt to victory in this game, as the Orange have shown that they will not let a running back win a game for the opposition, whether it is Noel Devine from West Virginia, or Evan Royster from Penn State. If the Orange continue to perform like they have against the run, and can stop Bill Stull from beating them, they can pull this one out.
11/14 @ Louisville
The Orange have had the Cardinals' number for the past few season, with a victory in the Carrier Dome last season and a monumental upset of Brian Brohm-led Louisville squad on the road two seasons ago. Louisville has struggled thus far this season, and may be the worst team in the Big East. Sophomore rusher Victor Anderson is the only proven weapon in the 'Ville's arsenal, and if Syracuse stops him, they will win their third straight against the Cardinals.
11/21 vs. Rutgers
Syracuse's final home game is against a team that has thrived on the recent downturn in the Orange football program, Rutgers. Rutgers came into the season with gaudy expectations, but struggled mightily in the opener against Cincinnati, and after a string of wins against weak opponents, but have major question marks at quarterback with true freshman Tom Savage and the passing game.
11/28 @ Connecticut
Connecticut plays a lot like Pittsburgh, in that their offense is almost completely predicated on the run game, and the Huskies might not have the same threat through the air that the Panthers do. Again, the the Orange stop the run, they can win this matchup.