Last year’s Syracuse team would have been knocked out of contention Saturday, considering SU had four first-half turnovers on the road against a top-10 team. But this year’s team is different because the Orange is no longer solely reliant on its offense. A near-upset at No. 8 Miami this weekend proved the win against Clemson last week was no fluke.
With one of the toughest schedules in the country, the Orange has yet to lose by more than nine points this season. In 2016, Syracuse fell by at least 15 points in each of its eight losses. That, more than anything, provides reason to believe Syracuse (4-4, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) can become bowl eligible for the first time in four years.
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