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2018 Syracuse Orange football team

The 2018 Syracuse Orange football team represented Syracuse University during the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Orange were led by third-year head coach Dino Babers and played their home games at the Carrier Dome. They competed as members of the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference. After being picked to finish last in the preseason media poll, Syracuse went 10–3, 6–2 in ACC play to finish in 2nd place in the Atlantic Division. They were invited to the Camping World Bowl, where they defeated West Virginia.

2018 Syracuse Orange football
Syracuse Orange logo.svg
Camping World Bowl champion
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
DivisionAtlantic Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 15
APNo. 15
2018 record10–3 (6–2 ACC)
Head coachDino Babers (3rd season)
Offensive coordinatorMike Lynch (1st season as coordinator, 3rd overall season)
Offensive schemeVeer and Shoot
Defensive coordinatorBrian Ward (3rd season)
Home stadiumCarrier Dome
(Capacity: 49,262)
Seasons
← 2017
2019 →
2018 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic Division
No. 1 Clemson x$#^   8 0         15 0  
No. 15 Syracuse   6 2         10 3  
NC State   5 3         9 4  
Boston College   4 4         7 5  
Wake Forest   3 5         7 6  
Florida State   3 5         5 7  
Louisville   0 8         2 10  
Coastal Division
Pittsburgh x   6 2         7 7  
Georgia Tech   5 3         7 6  
Miami   4 4         7 6  
Virginia   4 4         8 5  
Virginia Tech   4 4         6 7  
Duke   3 5         8 5  
North Carolina   1 7         2 9  
Championship: Clemson 42, Pittsburgh 10
  • # – College Football Playoff champion
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

Contents

Previous seasonEdit

The Orange finished the 2017 season 4–8, 2–6 in ACC play to finish in last place in the Atlantic Division.

RecruitingEdit

Position keyEdit

Back B Center C Cornerback CB Defensive back DB
Defensive end DE Defensive lineman DL Defensive tackle DT End E
Fullback FB Guard G Halfback HB Kicker K
Kickoff returner KR Offensive tackle OT Offensive lineman OL Linebacker LB
Long snapper LS Punter P Punt returner PR Quarterback QB
Running back RB Safety S Tight end TE Wide receiver WR

RecruitsEdit

The Orange signed a total of 18 recruits.

PreseasonEdit

Award watch listsEdit

Listed in the order that they were released

Award Player Position Year
Maxwell Award[1] Eric Dungey QB SR
John Mackey Award[2] Ravian Pierce TE SR
Ray Guy Award[3] Sterling Hofrichter P JR
Paul Hornung Award[4] Sean Riley WR/KR JR
Wuerffel Trophy[5] Kielan Whitner LB SR
Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award[6] Eric Dungey QB SR
Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award[7] Koda Martin OL SR

ACC media pollEdit

The ACC media poll was released on July 24, 2018.

Media poll (Atlantic)
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Clemson 1,031 (145)
2 Florida State 789 (1)
3 NC State 712 (2)
4 Boston College 545
5 Louisville 422
6 Wake Forest 413
7 Syracuse 232

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 316:00 p.m.at Western Michigan*CBSSNW 55–4220,628
September 83:30 p.m.Wagner*ACCN ExtraW 62–1029,395
September 1512:00 p.m.Florida State
  • Carrier Dome
  • Syracuse, NY
ESPNW 30–737,457
September 224:00 p.m.UConn*
  • Carrier Dome
  • Syracuse, NY
ESPNewsW 51–2136,632
September 2912:00 p.m.at No. 3 ClemsonABCL 23–2780,122
October 612:20 p.m.at PittsburghACCNL 37–44 OT37,100
October 2012:20 p.m.North Carolina 
  • Carrier Dome
  • Syracuse, NY
ACCNW 40–37 2OT35,210
October 277:00 p.m.No. 22 NC State
  • Carrier Dome
  • Syracuse, NY
ESPN2W 51–4140,769
November 312:00 p.m.at Wake ForestNo. 22ACCRSNW 41–2426,136
November 97:00 p.m.LouisvilleNo. 13
  • Carrier Dome
  • Syracuse, NY
ESPN2W 54–2342,797
November 172:30 p.m.vs. No. 3 Notre Dame*No. 12NBCL 3–3648,104
November 2412:00 p.m.at Boston CollegeNo. 19ESPNW 42–2134,959
December 285:15 p.m.vs. No. 15 West Virginia*No. 17ESPNW 34–1841,125
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

Schedule Source:[8]

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP NR NR NR RV RV RV NR NR NR 22 13 12 19 18 17 15 
Coaches NR NR NR RV RV RV RV NR RV 24 13 12 19 18 17 15 
CFP Not released 19 13 12 20 20 20 Not released

Game summariesEdit

at Western MichiganEdit

Syracuse at Western Michigan
1 234Total
Orange 24 10147 55
Broncos 7 0287 42
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

WagnerEdit

Wagner at Syracuse
1 234Total
Seahawks 7 003 10
Orange 21 24143 62
  • Date: September 8
  • Location:
    Carrier Dome
    Syracuse, NY
  • Game start: 3:35 p.m. EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:22
  • Game attendance: 29,395
  • Referee: Todd Boyd
  • TV announcers:
    Play-by-Play: Doug Sherman
    Analyst: Al Groh
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 2013 W, 54–0

Florida StateEdit

Florida State at Syracuse
1 234Total
Seminoles 0 007 7
Orange 3 31410 30
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–10 2017 L, 24–27

UConnEdit

UConn at Syracuse
1 234Total
Huskies 7 707 21
Orange 24 71010 51
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–6 2016 W, 31–24

at ClemsonEdit

Syracuse at Clemson
1 234Total
Orange 6 1007 23
No. 3 Tigers 7 0614 27
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–4 2017 W, 27–24

at PittsburghEdit

Syracuse at Pittsburgh
1 234OTTotal
Orange 14 31460 37
Panthers 14 67107 44
  • Date: October 6
  • Location:
    Heinz Field
    Pittsburgh, PA
  • Game start: 12:21 p.m. EDT
  • Elapsed time: 4:31
  • Game attendance: 37,100
  • Game weather: 82°F • SW 8 • Mostly Sunny
  • Referee: David Epperley
  • TV announcers (Raycom):
    Play-by-Play: Tom Werme
    Analyst: Dave Archer
    Sideline: Lericia Harris
Overall record Last meeting Result
38–31–3 2017 W, 24–27

North CarolinaEdit

North Carolina at Syracuse
1 234OT2OTTotal
Tar Heels 7 017373 37
Orange 0 137776 40
  • Date: October 6
  • Location:
    Carrier Dome
    Syracuse, NY
  • Game start: 12:20 p.m. EDT
  • Elapsed time: 4:07
  • Game attendance: 35,210
  • Television network: Raycom
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–2 2003 W, 49–47

NC StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 22 Wolfpack 7 13 7 14 41
Orange 24 3 14 10 51
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–10 2017 L, 25–33

at Wake ForestEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 22 Orange 14 7 14 6 41
Demon Deacons 10 0 14 0 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–3 2017 L, 43–64

LouisvilleEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 0 7 7 9 23
No. 13 Orange 7 30 7 10 54
Overall record Last meeting Result
6–10 2017 L, 10–56

vs. Notre DameEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 3 Fighting Irish 13 7 9 7 36
No. 12 Orange 0 0 0 3 3
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–5 2016 L, 33–50

at Boston CollegeEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 19 Orange 14 14 7 7 42
Eagles 7 7 7 0 21
Overall record Last meeting Result
30–20 2017 L, 14–42

vs. West Virginia (Camping World Bowl)Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 15 Mountaineers 3 9 6 0 18
No. 17 Orange 7 7 3 17 34
Overall record Last meeting Result
33–27 2012 W, 38–14

2019 NFL DraftEdit

Round Pick Player Position NFL Club
7 245 Chris Slayton DT New York Giants

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2018 Maxwell Award Watch List". July 16, 2018. Retrieved July 17, 2018.
  2. ^ "2018 John Mackey Award Preseason Watch List Released" (PDF). July 20, 2018. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  3. ^ "Ray Guy Award preseason watch list unveiled". July 25, 2018. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  4. ^ "43 PLAYERS NAMED TO 2018 PAUL HORNUNG AWARD WATCH LIST". July 26, 2018. Archived from the original on July 26, 2018. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  5. ^ "Wuerffel Trophy Unveils 2018 Watch List". July 26, 2018. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  6. ^ "Watch List for 2018 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award ® Presented by A. O. Smith Announced". August 14, 2018. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  7. ^ "2018 Nominations The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award" (PDF). August 16, 2018. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  8. ^ "2018 Syracuse Orange Football Schedule". fbschedules.com. Retrieved January 19, 2018.