Best Case/Worst Case: Syracuse
It's Best Case/Worst Case time again, and Syracuse is ready for its close-up. (And remember, the truth lies somewhere in the middle).
It's the fourth year under coach Greg Robinson, his recruits are becoming upperclassmen and everything finally starts to click. Quarterback Andrew Robinson plays more to the form he showed at Louisville last year (423 yards, four touchdowns) than the rest of the season while freed from the disastrous attempt to run a West Coast offense. The defense, which boasts plenty of seniors and juniors, vastly improves with Robinson back calling the shots. The Orange start 2-0 by knocking off a very beatable Northwestern on the road and Akron at home, and they trounce Northeastern. After a rough middle patch, they come back to protect the Carrier Dome turf by topping Louisville (again) and Connecticut. Brimming with new-found confidence, the Orange shock Cincinnati on the road to end the season 6-6, and Syracuse fans travel en masse to Toronto for the International Bowl.