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Well, the official 2016 schedule has been released for the Syracuse University football team, and we’ve now got our first look at the slate of games, with dates and, for now, no times, Dino Babers and his staff will face in their first season with the Orange.

The first thing that jumps out is the strange decision to play Colgate on three consecutive days to open the year. Not that Colgate presents much of a challenge, but that’s a lot of wear and tear to start the season, and frankly I’m shocked the NCAA would allow it.

Wait, what? You’re saying it’s actually just one game, and we’re looking at a decision to come at a later date with regard to television consideration? Well, this changes everything.

The Orange open with three home games, including difficult matchups against Louisville and a South Florida program that appears to be on the rise. Then it’s on the road for UConn, at MetLife for Notre Dame, followed by another road game against Wake Forest before coming home to play Virginia Tech. A road game at Boston College is followed by a bye week, which his good since it’ll give the players a chance to really go all out for Halloween (the smart money is on Sam Clausman and Jake Pickard having the best costumes – if I may, perhaps Clausman as Fred Flintstone and Pickard as Barney Rubble in a tandem effort?).

Home games against NC State and Florida State follow, and finally, the Orange close out the regular season with a road game at Pittsburgh.

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