With the Syracuse Orange football season set to kick off at high noon on Saturday, the excitement towards the season is building. The epic failures of the last 3 years have tempered our enthusiasm somewhat, but you still can't help but get excited. With a new season comes new hope - no matter how muted that hope may be.
With that said, I was reading this post over at TNIAAM, attempting to learn a little more about the Northwestern Wildcats. I'm not going to lie, I don't know too much about Northwestern football, other than they were terrible for decades and then Gary Barnett revived the program in the mid 1990s. Since then they've been a little up and down and a few years ago tragically had their coach pass away less than 2 months before the start of the season.
That's all my knowledge - that and they had a star running back who played briefly for the Philadelphia Eagles who was more interested in acting than playing football. His name escapes me and I'm too lazy to Google it right now, but as a pro, he wasn't all that good.
Anyway, with that little digression over, I was soaking up all the knowledge that the The Lake Posts (an excellent blog covering Northwestern football) were providing in regards to their prospects for the year, when I came to this question and answer:
TNIAAM: C.J. Bacher, where does he rank on the all-time Northwestern QB list?
LTP: Not on it. Yet. He'll need to cut his TDs in half and get a bowl win to be considered. Yes, he racked up a ton of yards last year, and had some impressive moments at the end of his sophomore year, but he isn't in the team photo of Steve Schnur, Brett Basanez, or even Zak Kustok yet.
No offense to Northwestern football or the fine people over at the Lake Posts, but Syracuse is a 12 point underdog to a team whose 3 greatest quarterbacks are Steve Schnur, Brett Basanez and Zak Kustok? Seriously? We've fallen that far. I mean they all had nice college careers, but that's not exactly Donovan McNabb, Don McPherson and Marvin Graves. Heck, I'd take Todd Philcox over any of the Northwestern guys, he pulled down a paycheck in the NFL for 9 years.
Here's hoping that the current staff, or most likely the next staff, can get this program headed back in the right direction because before you know it, there will he a whole generation of fans that only know Syracuse football as Troy Nunes, Perry Patterson and R.J. Anderson. Northwestern is poised and ready for a strong season, there's no reason Syracuse shouldn't be as well.