Syracuse Orange Football: Duke’s Mayo Bowl O’Meter Final Verdict

Amid a chaotic week that marked the end of the Dino Babers era and the beginning of the search for a new coach, the Syracuse Orange rose above adversity and secured a spot in the 2023 bowl season.

Syracuse’s victory over Wake Forest with a score of 35-31 on Saturday propelled their win tally to six for the year, ending the season on a high note for the team and our Duke’s Mayo Bowl O’Meter. It has been quite a journey, but it was worth it: the Orange are bowling, and the Bowl O’Meter is reaching its peak excitement. Life is great.

The Orange’s consecutive bowl appearance is a feat not achieved since 2012 and 2013. This time, Syracuse aims to redeem last year’s loss in the Pinstripe Bowl. The big question now: which bowl game will they head to?

Here are the current bowl projections as the regular season nears its end:

ESPN – Mark Schlabach and Kyle Bonagura

Servpro First Responder Bowl vs University of Central Florida Knights

This might not be as glamorous as the days Syracuse was projected to make the Tony the Tiger Bowl, but it does offer the next head coach an opportunity to kickstart recruitment in the Texas region.

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl vs Kansas Jayhawks

Bringing back memories of 2003! Although not a men’s basketball rematch or a trip to New Orleans, perhaps we can get Jim Boeheim to extend his media tour for the game.

Brett McMurphy – The Action Network

Armed Forces Bowl vs West Virginia Mountaineers

Everyone will rally behind Syracuse against West Virginia. Let’s put the Schwartzwalder Trophy on the line this time!

College Football News Boca Raton Bowl vs Coastal Carolina Chanticleers

Two of the past three game MVPs for this bowl include Zach Wilson and Bailey Zappe, so that’s gonna mean something, right? Also, outside of the hypothetical West Virginia game, Coastal Carolina is arguably the second-best fun matchup on the board right now.

The Athletic

Wasabi Fenway Bowl vs Minnesota Golden Gophers

We may have lost to Minnesota last year, but Syracuse now has unlocked the powers of the almighty Thunder Dan. It’s time for a rematch.

CBS Sports

Gasparilla Bowl vs South Alabama Jaguars

On the bright side, the Orange should be the favorites, right? Plus, who wouldn’t love a trip to Florida in the middle of winter? The only downside: the last sponsor before Gasparilla was Bad Boy Mowers, and we all know how that turned out last year.

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