Doug Marrone is working hard to resurrect the Syracuse football program. We all know it's not an easy task, but he clearly seems to be making progress. As such, I really have no problem with the Syracuse schedule this year. For a team with a new starting quarterback and a lot of true freshman seeing playing time, facing 3 soft opponents in the first 4 games isn't the worst way to open up the season. In fact, it makes a lot of sense.
Besides, this program isn't Rutgers, there's no indication Marrone and Daryl Gross will continue scheduling weak opponents year in and year out in order to secure berths in crappy bowl games.
However, the approach is not without problems. From my viewpoint, there are two main issues: 1) We don't know how good the team is; and 2) waiting to find out is a bitch.
If Syracuse is going to make real strides the team has to win conference games. This is especially true this year since the conference is putrid. We're talking last year PAC 10 basketball putrid. So there's clearly an opportunity here. What stinks for impatient morons like myself is having to wait to find out is SU can seize it. What makes matters worse is that after the Colgate game, SU has a bye, making the wait that much longer. Much like the early schedule, the bye is perfectly timed, as it will give SU two weeks to prepare for conference play which begins at South Florida on October 9. It still doesn't make it any easier to sit through.
In the meantime we wait. Sure we can lament Tanard Jackson's wasted career, or watch Sean and Otto's Army prepare for a duel to the death, or even watch Greg Robinson fail at his latest career stop (always fun), but none of those things are as fun as getting pumped for a meaningful game.
So while the idiots will tailgate and attend the Colgate game, it's hard to get pumped for a second consecutive weak opponent. I have no idea how Rutgers fans do this every year. Maybe they can send us a cheat sheet or something. We're not spring chickens and I don't think any of the idiots want to get even one a day older, but October 9th cant' get here soon enough.
In fact - Tom Petty said it best - the waiting is the hardest part. Hit it Tom.