Football is back. The Syracuse Orange will officially begin their third season under coach Dino Babers in the program’s spring game on April 13. Orange football is looking to take the next step in its rebuilding process and get back to a bowl game in 2018.
Find kickoff time, live updates and other information for the game below:
Syracuse spring football game live updates
Syracuse spring football date, kickoff time
Time: 7 p.m. ET
Date: Friday, April 13
Location: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, New York
What TV channel is the Syracuse spring football game on?
The Syracuse spring football game can only be watched online.
How can I watch the Syracuse spring football game online?
The Syracuse spring football game will be streaming on ACCNExtra.
Syracuse spring football game preview
Similar to many of the ACC spring games, the most enticing position battle is at quarterback. Over the last three years when Eric Dungey plays, the Orange are 11-15. That’s not all that impressive, but without him playing at all, Syracuse is 1-9.
With that in mind, it’s a bit surprising to see Dungey entering his senior season not as the sure-fire starter. One explanation as to why that’s the case is because he’s been unable to play all 12 games in any of his three seasons, and each time he suffered an injury, Syracuse’s season went down the tubes.
During his first season in Babers’ high-flying offense as a sophomore, Dungey completed 64.8 percent of his passes for 2,679 yards, 15 touchdowns and 7 interceptions in 9 games. But he took a step backwards in 2017, posting a completion percentage under 60 with 14 touchdowns and 9 interceptions over 9 games.
Furthermore, Dungey’s yards per attempt average dropped from 7.5 in 2016 to 6.6 in 2017. More incomplete passes was a huge factor in that decline, but the lower completion percentage and yards per attempt average in a very quarterback-friendly system is alarming.
The other reason behind the quarterback competition is Babers has to be itching to see what freshman Tommy DeVito can do after he redshirted last season. DeVito came to upstate New York as the No. 13 pro-styled quarterback in the 2017 recruiting class. He played high school football for the nationally recognized Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, New Jersey.
His commitment during the summer of 2016 was the first major recruiting victory for Babers and helped the Orange land several other 3-star offensive recruits that year. DeVito and his classmates perform well is vital for Babers to experience more recruiting success.
While Syracuse doesn’t enter its spring game with shoe-in starters at running back or wide receiver either, the Orange offensive line is an experienced group and set to help whomever is starting behind center. On defense, Syracuse must replace all of its starting linebackers, including team captain Zaire Franklin. Fortunately, the Orange do have a lot of experience on the defensive line and in the secondary.
Babers doesn’t enter this season on the hot seat, but the Syracuse faithful sure would like to see a winner come back to the Carrier Dome in 2018. The Orange haven’t been to a bowl game since 2013, and they haven’t won more than eight games since 2001. Syracuse hasn’t even won more than four games since the 2013 season.
In 2017, the Orange began the year 4-4 and pulled off a shocking, 27-24, upset victory against Clemson on Friday, Oct. 13. But Syracuse didn’t win another game after that.
Syracuse played well versus Miami and Florida State in the two weeks following the Clemson upset win, but they lost by a combined 11 points. Then without Dungey in the final three games, opponents outscored the Orange, 162-67. His absence obviously had nothing to do with giving up 54 points per game in the final three weeks, but the offense sputtered, scoring just three touchdowns in the final 10 quarters.
Five or six wins in 2018 might be necessary for Babers to prove his coaching staff has the Orange trending in the right direction.