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Maryland Provides Syracuse With Reality Check

Sep 9, 2019
Cuse.com

The buzz around the Syracuse football team was palpable. Expectations were high and excitement levels were even higher. In 2018, the Orange won ten games for the first time in seventeen years. They had come into the 2019 college football season at No. 22 in the Associated Press Top-25, and had shutout the Liberty Flames 24-0 in Week One. Syracuse's week two date with Maryland did not lack signifcance, but many Orange faithful had their sights set on week three, Syracuse's home opener against top-ranked Clemson, and a rematch of Syracuse's dome-storming upset victory two years ago. 

Prior to this year Syracuse University Football hadn't made it's way into the Top 25 Rankings since 2001. This year though SU has earned wins against schools like Florida State and North Carolina State resulting in its highets ranking since 1998. As fans enjoy the success this season, WAER's Tim Leonard reminds us of the long journey the program has taken to get back.

Also, Syracuse University will look to earn it's 8th win of the season in their next game against Louisville. Syracuse has struggled against the Cardinals recently, but WAER's Cooper Boardman explains why this time could be different.


Over the last five years or so you can probably think of  a few memorable  men's college basketball games between Syracuse and North Carolina. What about college football? If you're having a hard time thinking of a recent one you're not alone. 

WAER's Connor Federico tells us that this past weekend was the first time Syracuse and North Carolina went head-to-head in football in over five years. But that doesn't mean their meetings havent't been remarkable in their own right.


It's rare for college football to have a true freshman break onto the scene and take the country by storm. That kind of fan fare is typically reserved for college basketball. Apparently, no one told that to Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who was recently named the team's starter. 

WAER's James Colgan chronicles the takeover of Trevor Lawrence this week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast


If you need a tool for a specific project, you'll want to make sure it's a brand you trust. That's the same way that NFL teams approach the draft each spring. They want to make sure they're drafting players who can do the job.

This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast, JD Raucci looks at how Boston College has taken back the reputation of being a hotbed for offensive lineman.

You'll most likely never pick up the latest version of the Madden video game and see a kicker on the cover. But they are still a vital part of a successful football team, college or professional. 

This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast, Sean Salisbury looks at the positive and negative of kicking for a major college football team. Plus, an inside look at Syracuse University's Senior Kick Cole Murphy.

Syracuse University Football averages a robust 32 points per game. That ranks 32nd in all of Division One College Football.  While Quarterback Eric Dungy  receives a healthy share of the credit, it would be foolish to pretend that he has done it all alone.

This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast, Jack Patel spotlights the two senior Wide Receivers who make the offense go. 

Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson, and Florida State. Those are some of the major contenders year in and year out in college football. Those squads are filled with 5 star recruits. But, for those athletes who don't immediately land at a major program, there is another way.

This week WAER's Jake Marsh explores the path from junior college to division one college football.

During week one of the NFL season fans were treated to a landmark event. Two minority head coaches made their debut in the same game as the Broncos and Chargers went head to head.

In college football, Dino Babers is one of 15 minority head coaches in 128 division one football programs. And, he is the only minority head coach in the ACC.

This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast, Drew Carter examines the state of minority coaches in football. 

This week we welcome back the Best of WAER Sports Podcast.  Technology is improving at such a rapid pace it's hard not to notice it in our every day lives. Self driving cars, wireless headphones, and college football? Yes, even the Saturday sports darling of college football is seeing the game changed by the advancements in technology.

WAER's Noah Eagles fills us in on how virtual reality is changing college football and specifically the Syracuse Orange.

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