Vegas Line - Rutgers at Syracuse- Opening line
Syracuse by 15 (where can I find a bookie)
USA Today/ ESPN Poll - The "Big Least" is the only conference with two teams in the top five
1. Miami (Fla.) (55) 6-0 1,519 1 Big East
2. Oklahoma (6) 7-0 1,465 2 Big 12
3. Virginia Tech 7-0 1,393 3 Big East
4. Ohio State 8-0 1,319 4 Big 10
5. Georgia 7-0 1,301 5 SEC
Looking ahead to Syracuse - Dan Welch's preseason preview
Syracuse is coming off a surprisingly successful 2001 season. After two successive disappointing seasons - including no bowl game in 2000 - the Orangemen faced a murderous schedule that had them staring at their first losing season in 15 years. Head Coach Paul Pasqualoni was under fire and the lynch mob was gathering. But a funny thing happened on the way to the gallows pole. After opening the season disappointing losses to Georgia Tech and Tennessee, the Orangemen won tough games against Central Florida and Auburn, embarking upon an 8-game winning streak that eliminated the murmurs about Pasqualoni's job security.
MikeandtheBigDog.com -- Big East Preview -
The Orangemen's last game
Avon Cobourne and Quincy Wilson put together 200 yards and Rasheed Marshall ran for two touchdowns and threw for another one as West Virginia crushed Syracuse 34-7. Syracuse has dropped its last four games and has yet to defeat a Division I-A team.
SyracuseInsiders.com -- West Virginia Drops Syracuse
Morgantown, W.Va. -There's no stopping the Syracuse University football team. The Orangemen are on a runaway train, helpless to alter their dramatic run to the bottom of the Big East Conference. West Virginia University dealt Syracuse its fourth consecutive loss, taking advantage of four turnovers in the first half to defeat the laboring Orangemen 34-7 in a league game Saturday before a homecoming crowd of 45,088 at gray and raw Mountaineer Field. At 1-6, Syracuse has equaled its worst record since 1982. The Orangemen are 0-3 in the Big East for the first time. They play host to Rutgers on Saturday in an untelevised game that will likely determine who finishes in the league cellar. That prospect should turn the Carrier Dome into a landscape of empty seats.
Talk about it on the Bulletin Boards:
I, like many others I am sure, have said that when Rutgers begins to excel on the court or football field, the whole of Rutgers will benefit.
I read a long time back that for a $100,000 investment in Patrick Ewing's education Georgetown took in over $35,000,000 from increased application, the fees, G'town merchandise, NCAA bids etc. I grew up in Boston, and have been driving past Boston College for years. Look at what has happened in the last 20 or so years since Flutie came to BC. New buildings, better athletics. Despite a gambling scandal in the 70s and another a few years back, look at how BC has survived and prospered.
The cream of New Jersey, perhaps New England and New York will want to come to Rutgers. This is what the RU 10 just don't understand.
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