A look at Syracuse Universityâ??s matchups in its first ACC season

As Syracuse University embarks on its first season in the ACC, fans anticipate with excitement the new matchups that will take place in the Carrier Dome and in other venues along the East Coast.

In this story, we take a look at the 2013 SU Football season and the 2013-2014 basketball season. While we know the dates for all of SUâ??s 2013 football games, we only know opponents for basketball.

Each week the ACC Game of the Week can be found on the networks of CNY Central!

2013 Syracuse Orange Football Schedule:

August 31- vs. Penn State at the Meadowlands (3:30, New Yorkâ??s College Classic)

September 7 - at Northwestern (6:00)

September 14 - vs. Wagner (4:00)

September 21- vs. Tulane

September 28 - Off

October 5 - vs. Clemson (ACC opener, Carrier Dome)

October 12 - at NC State

October 19- at Georgia Tech

October 26 - Off

November 2 - vs. Wake Forest

November 9 - at Maryland

November 16 - at Florida State

November 23 - vs. Pittsburgh

November 30 - vs. Boston College

Certainly the ACC schedule is quite a bit tougher than the Big East schedule in years past. But just like the Big East schedule, SU can expect a very, very tough test every single week.

After starting out the Football season away from the Carrier Dome in a couple of tough contests against Big 10 teams, SUâ??s Dome debut in 2013 will be against FCS foe Wagner. After stepping out of conference one last time before ACC play against Tulane, SU gets a bye week before that ACC opener against Clemson on October 5th. Syracuse has proven several times in recent years that it can win big games on the heels of bye weeks. (Clemson can ask West Virginia and Louisville how playing SU after bye weeks treated them).

The scheduleâ??s bye weeks are in pretty good spots this year. Undoubtedly SUâ??s toughest stretch will be in October when it takes on Clemson, and then travels to battle NC State and Georgia Tech. Those three games are bookended by off weeks.

There may be five games in November, but theyâ??re against some "lower-tier" ACC teams like Maryland and Wake Forest and some familiar teams like Boston College and Pittsburgh, with Florida State the juggernaut in the middle.

Many experts slate SU to win five to seven games and potentially land a bowl bid, I concur with the higher end of that scale. But, since itâ??s only June, thereâ??s really no way of telling just good the Orange or any team will be.

Look for my more in depth preview later in the summer after weâ??ve had a chance to see SU and other squads practice.

For basketball, again, we donâ??t have actual dates set for contests just yet but we do know who the Orange will play and where.

SU will play home-and-home dates with two ACC "partners" every year with Pittsburgh and Boston College. In 2013-2014 the team will also play a home-and-home series with Miami and Duke.

Bottom line, the team will face North Carolina, Duke, Boston College, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Pittsburgh, Miami, and North Carolina State in home games at the Carrier Dome.

SU will face Florida State, Wake Forest, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Maryland on the road only.

Weâ??ll post the menâ??s basketball schedule here when it becomes available.

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