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Tuesday, I shared some fascinating tidbits that have been passed around the athletic department at Syracuse University. With positivity starting to surface among fans, it’s time for JB’s 2016 SU Football Season Outlook. Note: I’m a positive person in general, but I truly believe SU is going to be a lot better than people think this year.

Game 1: Syracuse Beats Colegate 44-17

Syracuse rolls form start to finish. Colgate is good, but they’re not FBS good. This is like the seniors taking on the freshman in a dodge-ball competition. Only these seniors have Eric Dungey and Dontae Strickland throwing the balls.

Game 2: SU UPSETS LOUISVILLE 38-31

After a very vanilla gameplan, SU comes out firing and Louisville is dealing with a high octane offense and a PACKED Carrier Dome. The key to remember: when you’re a team like Louisville, and your seeing something you’ve never seen, against a team you feel you should beat, in an environment that will be electric, and you’re down in the fourth quarter, you start to press a little bit. SU does enough to pull of the upset and officially put the ACC on notice.

Game 3: SU beats South Florida 28-20

Many people seem to forget that SU was climbing back into this game last year until a personal foul by Kielan Whitner took away the momentum. Flash forward one year later, and guess who will redeem himself? You guessed right: Keilan Whitner gets the interception late to seal the game for SU and officially turn this season into what seems like a season of Friday Night Lights.

Game 4: Syracuse beats Connecticut 31-14

The offense has looked very good against Colgate, USF, and and UConn, leaving many people to believe that Syracuse is on its way to national relevance again. UConn just doesn’t have the personnel to keep up with Syracuse, and Brisly Estime has his way against a secondary that can’t keep up with him. Syracuse starts out 4-0, heading to NYC to play nationally ranked Notre Dame.

Game 5: ND beats Syracuse 31-24

In a game that has been optioned for a primetime slot, Syracuse competes but can’t corral the Fighting Irish. In a game that could get Syracuse back into the top 25 if they win, the Irish offense is too tough to stop and Eric Dungey comes back down to life after throwing a kaboodle of interceptions. Back to the drawing board for HCDB and staff.

Game 6: SU beats Wake Forest 42-21

HCDB finally reinforces to national media that Wake Forest football is, well, Wake Forest football. SU has had their number but for some reason, people always think Wake is better than Syracuse. Dino Babers, in true Lee Corso form, says, “Not so fast my friend.” Eric Dungey throws for 400 yards and 4 TDs in a key bounceback win to put SU one game away from bowl eligibility.

Game 7: VT beats Syracuse 31-30

In a battle of new head coaches, Justin Fuente squeaks out a close one, due to a key special teams play. SU will have chances to win it, but multiple key mistakes at inopportune times have SU fans frustrated for the first time this season

Game 8: Syracuse beats BC 24-7

The BC defense actually makes the Syracuse offense work, but BC’s offense is bad. Like, Fuller House on Netflix bad. Syracuse wins a sloppy game that BC never really had a chance. Dino Babers celebrates bowl eligibility by reading the script of footloose at the post game press conference.

Game 9: Clemson beats Syracuse 38-17

For the first time this season, Syracuse is outplayed and outmatched from start to finish. Depth finally creeps up and the Orange can’t keep up with the Tigers in Death Valley.

Game 10: Syracuse beats NC State 30-13

NC State has dangerous speed at the slot position, but the offense is too much for Dave Doeren’s defense to stop. The lack of a QB bites NC State as they can’t get anything going after SU races out to an early 20-0 lead. Marshall Street is dancing with fans dreaming of an upset over Florida State in the upcoming game.

Game 11: FSU beats Syracuse 31-24

What a final home game for the Syracuse seniors. Brisly Estime balls out against his home state’s team and the offense has a chance to tie it at the end of the game. Unfortunately, FSU comes through at the end to win one of the Jimbo.

Game 12: SU beats Pitt 28-27

In a close game, SU finally comes out on top against the Panthers. Dontae Strickland takes a screen pass in the middle of the fourth quarter to the house to give SU the lead for good. SU ends the season on a very high note and the Syracuse community finally comes to realization that SU Football is back and here to stay. It is announced shortly after the game that HCDB has been given a contract extension until the year 2044.

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There you have it, folks. Syracuse goes 8-4 and ends the year with a top 30 recruiting class, giving them the depth needed to continue their run. Welcome back to football relevance, and here’s to never reading again in the ESPN ACC blog that Wake and BC are better than Syracuse.

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Justin is a 2011 graduate from SUNY Buffalo State. Since that time, he spent several years coaching high school football in North Carolina while also working at NC State, and has also served as a head and assistant tennis coach at the Division III and Division I levels. During this tenure coaching high school football, he sent players to continue their football career at Alabama, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Purdue, North Carolina State, East Carolina, and other Division II and III schools.