With all of the realignment and rescheduling nonsense going on around the country, we wanted to give a breakdown of each of the ACC‘s schedules — how the teams stack up, and some thoughts on overall difficulty. If these change at all, we’ll also be sure to update them on a rolling basis. All information is up-to-date as of publishing, based on the latest from FBSchedules.com.
Today’s breakdown: Syracuse Orange
Syracuse managed to fill the gaping hole in their 2012 schedule late last Thursday, securing a road date with the Missouri Tigers. So long as Temple‘s on board for the Big East next year, their last opening will be taken up by a trip to Philadelphia. As for the rest of their non-conference slate, however, it’s no picnic. On top of the difficult trip to Missouri, SU also travels to Minnesota (‘Cuse fans may recall the Greg Paulus game a few years back) and faces off with USC on neutral ground in New Jersey. At home, the Orange get a tough test with Northwestern, along with the customary FCS tune-up game with Stony Brook. Putting it mildly, this is a challenging group of games for any team — but especially so for a team hoping to rebound a bit from a disappointing 2011. If this team expected to take it easy en route to bowl eligibility in 2012, no such luck. Continue reading