By Nick Kuzma Syracuse, N.Y. (NCC News)- Saturday October 27, 2018 will be forever remembered as a historic day for Syracuse Football.
On that night, SU defeated the North Carolina State Wolfpack 51-41, sealing the Orange’s sixth win of the season.
With this victory, Syracuse will play in an end-of-the-year bowl game for the first time since 2013.
More good news game for the ‘Cuse on Sunday. The football team was named #22 in the AP Top 25 Poll; the team had not been ranked since 2001.
These accolades, in turn, are doing a wonder for Syracuse businesses.
The Varsity is a restaurant and campus hotspot that has been at 802 S. Crouse since 1926.
Assistant Manager Eric Ockert expects the campus to be crazy when the potentially still-ranked Syracuse Orange come home to the Carrier Dome next weekend.
“The fact that we’re ranked and going to a bowl this year will probably make it one of the largest crowds at least since Doug Marrone was here,” said Ockert.
Doug Marrone was the Head Coach of Syracuse Football from 2009-2012. Under his control, Syracuse went to two bowl games and won a conference title.
Since the New York native left Syracuse for a head coaching job in the NFL, SU has lost over half of its games and been in only one bowl game.
This naturally has been taxing on Syracuse fans who have been dying to see a quality product on the field.
This year, the fans finally have that success they have been craving.
“It kind of like indescribable, said SU Freshman Daniel Le Porin. “It’s so cool to be able to just flip on a channel and know that we were like broadcasted last week…to know that my school is being shown worldwide.”
The Orange plays Wake Forest this weekend in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
With a win, Syracuse should move up in the AP Top 25 poll and garner even more fan support when the football team returns to the Dome to play Louisville on October 10.