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Regardless of the outcome of Friday’s season opener against Bryant, the fact Syracuse will be playing at all should be considered a victory.

As of this writing, over 35 programs across the NCAA have been put on pause and/or have cancelled competition due to COVID-19 complications. This does not include the 10 programs that have already cancelled their seasons entirely (Bethune-Cookman, Maryland Eastern-Shore, and the Ivy League).


Syracuse women’s basketball finally has a schedule for this year.  And even though it’s an abbreviated slate due to the pandemic, one player will be extremely glad to be back on the court. 

As an All-ACC First Team point guard, Tiana 

Freshman quarterback JaCobian Morgan (15) made his first career collegiate start on Saturday

The Syracuse football team lost 16-13 to Boston College yesterday, however, one storyline prevailed over the result. True freshman quarterback JaCobian Morgan made his first career start, and he was a single score away from earning his first victory.


The Syracuse Football team’s Halloween is off to a spooky start. SU was trampled 38-14 in the Dome by Wake Forest. What’s perhaps even scarier is that the Orange are now 1-6 on the season and haven’t won a game in over a month. 

Syracuse Hosts Liberty and Talented QB

Oct 16, 2020
Syracuse defensive end Kingsley Jonathan (57) strips the ball from former Liberty quarterback Stephen "Buckshot" Calvert (12) in last year's matchup.

All Malik Willis ever wanted was an opportunity to play. This Saturday, the dual threat quarterback gets his first start against a power five school when he and the 4-0 Liberty Flames march into the Dome to play 1-3 Syracuse.

Years ago, the signal caller could have never imagined he would wait this long to start against a big conference school. Willis committed to Auburn in the winter of 2017, but he never found solid footing in the starting rotation – stuck behind current New England Patriots backup Jarrett Stidham.

Syracuse Hands Duke First Win of Season

Oct 10, 2020

Syracuse was unable to stop four-star quarterback by the name of Chase Brice. Does that name sound familiar? Well Brice used to play for the Clemson Tigers. In 2018, Brice led a win against Syracuse when starter Trevor Lawrence left the game with an injury.

Brice came to the Dome to seek a second win against the Orange, and he did just that. Duke defeated Syracuse 38-24 following a strong start from Brice. Brice would throw for 270 yards and two touchdowns.


Last time we saw the Syracuse Football team take the field, the Orange notched their first victory of the season in the newly-renovated Dome against Georgia Tech 37-20. In that matchup, star free safety Andre Cisco did not take the field. The junior was banged up pregame. Earlier this week, Head Coach Dino Babers confirmed that Cisco had suffered a “lower-body extremity injury” in warmups. Despite giving some insight, Babers did not give a timetable for Cisco’s return. 

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In the first game under the newly renovated Dome roof, the Syracuse defense intercepted Georgia Tech four times en route to their first win of the 2020 season by a score of 37-20. 


After a 30-minute delay due to confirmation on COVID-19 testing results and an Andre Cisco pregame injury that prevented him from playing, the Orange offense delivered their best punch early in the game. Freshman running back, Sean Tucker, carried the offense early rushing for 73 yards and two touchdowns 

  in the first quarter. 

SU Offense Sputters in 21-10 Defeat to #25 Pitt

Sep 19, 2020

For one reason or another, Syracuse and Pittsburgh seem to play close football games nearly every year. The previous three matchups between the Orange and Panthers were all decided by a single score, a streak that came to an end earlier today.

Given the lopsided spread (-21 in favor of Pitt via ESPN), one might believe that the eleven-point loss was a decent result for SU. However, concerns about the ineffectiveness of the offense superseded any positives that could be taken away from this game.

Syracuse Travels to Take on #25 Pittsburgh

Sep 17, 2020

  After a disappointing season opener in Chapel Hill, Syracuse Football (0-1, 0-1) will face another ranked opponent this weekend when they travel to Pennsylvania to take on 25th ranked Pittsburgh (1-0, 0-0).

The Panthers are ranked for the first time since 2018 after a 55-0 thrashing of FCS Austin Peay. They will stay home as Syracuse comes to town, fresh off a 31-6 loss at UNC Chapel-Hill last Saturday.