Syracuse Football enjoying resurgence in 2018 due to much-improved roster, depth
2018 has been a season of milestones for the Syracuse football program.
As the wins pile up, the rankings continue to soar higher, smashing 20-year-old records that remind us of the golden days of Orange football with Donovan McNabb, among others.
The biggest reason for this season's turnaround, according to Dino Babers, is the difference he sees in his players.
"I think that the young men, the senior class especially, are really taking care of their bodies," Babers announced during Monday's press conference. "I see them at practice and they're different."
It certainly seems that way.
The depth has been one of the bright spots with this team. When a starter goes down whether it's due to an injury or simply poor play, the back-up has entered admirably.
"These guys are different -- you can just tell they're different," Babers added. "They understand what the word moderation means. Because of those things and what they want to achieve, I think that they've really taken care of themselves which has given them only a chance -- only an opportunity to do something special. We'll see. It doesn't mean it's going to happen. It just means they have a chance."
That chance is a big one -- an opportunity to face two nationally-ranked opponents in their last three games.
Hypothetically speaking, wins over No. 4 Notre Dame and No. 22 Boston College, along with defeating a lowly Louisville squad this Friday night, would catapult the Orange to 10-2 overall and perhaps a spot in a New Year's Six bowl game.
When Babers announces there's a lot on the line, he's not kidding.
No. 13 Syracuse and Louisville will meet Friday at 7 p.m., and will be televised on ESPN2.