ACC Will Be Tough On Syracuse Orange To Start

By Andy Schmidt
Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

The 2013 college football season is going to see a whole new world begin for the Syracuse Orange as the team moves to the ACC. I hate to say it, but Syracuse could be in real bad shape for their first season in the new conference. The talent in the ACC is far superior to the Big East, and until the Orange get a year under their belts in the new conference, it will be tough sledding.

The team has lost their coach from last season in Doug Marrone along with starting quarterback Ryan Nassib. The losses of those two especially will cripple the Orange at least for this season. There are a couple of winnable games right off the bat on the schedule for the Orange before they enter conference play. They are going to need to start at least 3-1 to have any hopes to making a bowl game again.

The team did sign a quality quarterback prospect in Mitch Kimble from Jerseyville, IL, and you have to think that Kimble could find himself being thrown right into the fray to start the season if no better options are out there. It is a new situation for the Orange, and maybe starting fresh and having a freshman quarterback is the way to go. I wouldn’t suggest it, but it may be worth thinking about. I will be watching with great interest to see how the first dominoes of conference realignment fall here with Syracuse’s first season in the ACC. It’s going to be a very bumpy ride.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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