Syracuse Football in near must-win mode for road date with Louisville
Syracuse Football was 4-4 entering November, with a chance to split its last two games to make a bowl.
After two straight losses, they now need to beat both Louisville and Boston College to ensure a postseason bid.
While the media and fans alike will analyze that until we're blue in the face, Coach Dino Babers is taking a different approach.
“You know so much of sports is treating each week as an individual week" Babers said.
"The Clemson week was a high week and the weeks after that have not been so high. I think even when everyone was talking about which bowl game we were going to go to, when I tried to say you need to take them one at a time, now here we are in November, and we better take them one at a time. So, I think the momentum is created every single week and we need to create our own momentum for the week.”
Indeed, Syracuse saw massive momentum shifts in its 64-43 loss to Wake Forest.
The Orange trailed 21-14 before racing to a 38-21 lead. From that point late in the first half onward, the Orange was outscored 43-5.
If there was a bright spot this week, staring a daunting task in the face, Steve Ishmael was named among the top-ten finalists for the Biletnikoff Award given each season to the best receiver in college football.
“I think they’ve been doing okay, you always look for them to be more consistent you know obviously with Ish and Erv are having the type of years that their having you’re going to try to target those guys with footballs , if you’re not pulling in those targets then you need to be able to get your balls in other ways and I think those guys have been doing a nice job especially Devin I think he’s been doing a nice job getting balls" Babers said of his receiving corps.
Meanwhile, Eric Dungey is still questionable for the game at Louisville. Babers saying Monday he "hopes" he can have his star quarterback under center again.
Kickoff with the Orange and Louisville is set for 3:30 p.m. Saturday on ESPNU.