Syracuse can no longer deny it—Dino Babers must go

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Sep 30, 2023; Syracuse, New York, USA; Clemson quarterback Cade Klubnik (2) talks with Syracuse quarterback Garrett Shrader (6) after defeating Syracuse at JMA Wireless Dome. Mandatory Credit: Ken Ruinard-USA TODAY Sports /

The ACC swiftly sent Syracuse hurdling back to reality (again)

The minute—no, the absolute second—their league play began, the Orange saw their dreams turn to nightmares all over again. First it was losing at home to a struggling Clemson by 17, then it was losing at North Carolina by 33, then it was losing at Florida State by 38. Thanks to all of that, what had started out as a perfect season turned into a pathetic battle to just keep a positive record.

Now I must admit that at this point, I felt much confliction when approaching my analysis of Syracuse. Sure, the Orange were on a hideous loss streak, but each defeat was handed to them by a team we knew was capable of physically outmatching them. Knowing that they would not be as harshly disadvantaged against the opposition that was next on the agenda, I was willing to see how well they could hold up for at least a couple more weeks.

Boy, do I regret my lenience on that one.

The Orange would go on to suffer yet another blowout loss, but this time it was at Virginia Tech (the Hokies have a negative record today). With that, they were no longer a winning squad. The very next week, they fell once more, this time at home to a far-from-great Boston College team. With that, they are now officially a losing squad.

Oh, and I feel that this is as good of a time as any to mention that all three of the FBS teams the Orange beat have losing records today as well, with Purdue being an ungodly 2-7. In other words, their wins don’t even mean much anymore. But anyway, back to the matter at hand.

The five-game collapse ties the length of their loss streak from 2022—poetically confirming the zero progress they’ve made since then—but with this one unfolding even earlier on their calendar, they’re in serious danger of missing out on a bowl unless they turn things around ASAP. With that in mind, we have two heavy questions to ask: Who all else do the Orange face, and how well/poorly should we expect them to do against them?