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'Cuse Football Ready 'To Go To Work'

 
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The Syracuse football team is more than ready to get started under first-year head coach Dino Babers. The Orange reported for preseason camp on Friday and met with the media inside Manley Field House before hitting the practice field tomorrow to begin preparations for the season opener against Colgate on Sept. 2.
 
"It's time to go to work," said Babers. "Sometime tonight after everyone gets done [meeting] with our football team, I get an opportunity to talk to them, tuck them into bed and get started tomorrow. That's what I'm excited about."
 
Babers, linebacker Zaire Franklin and offensive lineman Jason Emerich all said that the team has made great strides during the summer conditioning program and everyone is now ready to put that product on the field.
 
"I'm excited because I think the team looks different and I can't wait to see what they're going to do on the football field," Babers said.
 
For the players, preseason camp is time to prepare for the season and focus on the first game of the year.
 
"We have full faith in the coaches and that they are driving us in the right direction and we're following their leadership," Emerich. "We're excited to get going starting tomorrow with practice all the way to Sept. 2."
 
"Now, I think it's about locking in and getting ready for Colgate and the long season," Franklin said. "We're trying to put ourselves in the best position moving forward."

As part of Friday's orientation, the Orange attended meetings and heard presentations from various support staff units after meeting with the media.
 
Syracuse will hold its first practice session at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow morning at Hookway Fields. The team will conduct 19 practices on campus from Aug. 6 to Aug. 20 before traveling to Fort Drum for the fifth year in a row. The Orange will spend Sunday, Aug. 21 at the military post, which is home of the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division. Syracuse will put on a youth football clinic for children of military personnel and engage in a paintball match.
 
The Orange returns home on Monday, Aug. 22 for its last week of camp before turning its attention toward the opener against Colgate.

 

 

(As in previous seasons, feel free to append additional Syracuse articles/links of interest)

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CBS Sports ranks Syracuse football No. 92 in the country, behind Utah State and Wake Forest

 

By Chris Carlson | ccarlson@syracuse.com
on August 10, 2016 at 5:42 PM, updated August 10, 2016 at 6:51 PM

 

While cautious optimism about the short and long-term success of the Syracuse football program abounds among many local fans, the national experts continue to predict that routine winning is at least one more year away.

CBS Sports' Chip Patterson rolled out a ranking of all 128 FBS teams on Tuesday, placing the Orange at No. 92 in the country and becoming the latest national expert to register low expectations. He ranked Syracuse directly behind Utah State and Wake Forest and, perhaps most concerning of all, behind all 11 FBS opponents that the Orange face this season.

By Patterson's account, then, Syracuse will likely play one team it holds an advantage on over the course of the year, an opening game against Colgate. The Orange also play four teams ranked among CBS Sports' Top 20.

Preseason rankings, of course, are perfect fodder for quibbling, and Syracuse fans would rightfully have plenty of bones to pick.

Among the most likely candidates to offend the sensibilities were the rankings of Wake Forest (No. 91), Boston College (87), Connecticut (76) and South Florida (30), all of whom the Orange play this season. Others include Georgia State, Texas-El Paso, Central Michigan and Troy.

 

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Among the most likely candidates to offend the sensibilities were the rankings of Wake Forest (No. 91), Boston College (87), Connecticut (76) and South Florida (30), all of whom the Orange play this season.

"Offend the sensibilities?" Poor delicate Syracuse football. Hopefully her fiancée doesn't challenge us to a duel to defend her honor.

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IS the truth really that offensive to one's sensibilities? Perhaps our most lopsided match-up of all time.

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