Posted: 5:00 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, 2013
By Sean Keeley
The offense got the majority of the ink for the Orange in 2013, but without the defense, Syracuse doesn't make Championship Weekend.
With its convincing win over Tulane on Saturday, Syracuse is finished with its September schedule, as well as its non-conference schedule. Even after four games, it’s tough to get a handle on the Orange and its new coaching staff, and we’ll certainly learn a lot more when ACC play starts in a couple weeks, but here are 10 things we learned about Syracuse during the month of September:
With players like Jarrod West, Jeremiah Kobena, Ashton Broyld, Brisly Estime and Christopher Clark all playing ahead of him — not to mention Ben Lewis, Quinta Funderburk and Alvin Cornelius, all players waiting for a chance as well — Kinder is in just as much of a traffic jam as he was at quarterback.
The topics of the week? Well, we've got Syracuse basketball, more on SU football's blue-vs.-orange uniform debate and, of course, the ongoing saga of our local baseball team, the Chiefs.
All told, Shafer's strategy of sharing responsibility among the members of his coaching staff has paid off, and each of the units has made at least modest improvement from last year's awful performance.
One third of the way through the 2013 campaign, the Syracuse football team is right where most expected and got there in the manner almost everyone expected. Following a pair of losses against Penn State and Notre Dame, the Orange bounced back with a couple routs over Wagner and Tulane to reach the .500 mark. However, they have made their journey back to even with some surprises and some things that may seem surprising, but actually are not.
All eyes are on McCullough as he enters his senior season. Hopefully for Orange fans, down the road he’ll be high-flying at the Dome, looking even better than Fair.
Sean Keeley (@NunesMagician): I tried not to include local "beat writers", but Keeley has done such a great job in building a large online community of Syracuse fans. Through a combination of serious and funny tweets, Keeley’s timeline keeps people up to date with all things Syracuse, and allows people to experience all the ups and downs of being a fan of the Orange.
I asked SU fans about old rivals UConn and they said: UConn? Did we ever play UConn...no UConn in the ACC certainly they wouldn't be our rivals. Absolute Power 5 Conference corrupts absolutely I guess. Coaches get their own NCAA '15 game: Saban, Golden, Quinn, Kiffin and more. Assisted...