The Syracuse Orange football team dropped to 4-3 in the Big East and 7-4 overall after being soundly defeated by the Connecticut Huskies yesterday at the Carrier Dome.
The loss knocks Syracuse out of second place in the Big East, meaning it will likely finish fourth in the conference. But despite the loss, the Orange are still going bowling for the first time since 2004.
It's been a rejuvenating season for Doug Marrone's squad, which has already achieved more victories in two seasons than the team did in four seasons under former head coach Greg Robinson. Their 7-4 start is the best since 2001, when Syracuse finished 10-3 and earned a trip to the Insight Bowl.
But is their success actually a sign of change or just further evidence of how putrid the Big East conference is?
Let's take a look back at Syracuse's season and see if this actually a team on the way back to national recognition or just an average team in a crappy conference.