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|And, while the ACC has improved its overall health in recent years, making no game any small task, there is reason to believe this season's slate of games won't be as challenging as last year's.
There are seven teams on this year's schedule that played in a bowl game last season (Western Michigan was bowl eligible with six wins but was not invited to a bowl).
To put that in perspective, 10 of the 12 teams Syracuse faced last season went to a bowl.
Here are four more thoughts on the schedule:
1. The opener will tell us something
Syracuse for the past four cheap jerseys seasons has opened against an FCS opponent that was mostly overmatched from the opening kick.
The Orange felt good about itself, but it really didn't know how it would respond against any semblance of resistance.
Syracuse goes on the road in Week 1 at a healthy Mid American conference opponent that has staff familiar with some of SU's veteran personnel.
2. Syracuse will get ACC heavyweights in September
Getting Florida State and Clemson in September should give SU a chance at the conference heavyweights with its roster intact.
FSU will be playing its first road game under new coach Willie Taggart, who defeated Babers when he coached at South Florida two seasons ago.
Clemson will be carrying a loaded roster and will be seeking revenge for last season's loss at the Carrier Dome.
Depth is always a concern for Syracuse, so the health of its roster will be vitally important heading into October, which looks like the month where progress will or will not reveal itself.
3. Louisville a Friday night upset?
Nobody forgot what happened the last time an ACC opponent came to the Carrier Dome on a Friday night, when Syracuse handed Clemson a stunning, 27 24 loss.
For the second time in three years, Louisville is coming to the Dome on a Friday night (this time, without star quarterback Lamar Jackson).
Dino Babers and his team have pulled off stunning victories in each of his first two seasons.
Scalping Florida State at home or Notre Dame at Yankee Stadium would also make for another memorable moment.
4. October will reveal program progress
Syracuse will play three opponents in October that will go a long way toward deciding whether the program is able to take a step forward.
Games at Pittsburgh and at home against North Carolina and North Carolina State are three perfect atlanta falcons replica jerseys examples of the kinds of wins the program needs to snare if it wants to continue to build momentum on the recruiting trail.
One is against a Northeast rival, and the other two are home games against good but not overwhelming rosters.
Take it another step forward, and the Nov. 3 contest at Cheap Authentic Jerseys Wake Forest provides another opportunity for SU to show it can consistently defeat peer programs or programs with slightly better talent than SU.