After what seems like one emotional win after another, here we are with one more UC Big East victory away from the Big East Championship, and it's lowly Syracuse standing in the way.
Syracuse is 3-8 overall, 1-5 in the Big East. Their three wins are home wins against Northeastern (2-10) and Louisville (5-6) and their road win yesterday at Notre Dame (6-5). The Orange have lost to Northwestern, Akron, Penn State, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, South Florida, Rutgers, and Connecticut.
For UC, one of the best things that could have happened that they had no control over was Syracuse going out and beating Notre Dame on the road. It will be a wakeup call that the 'cats simply shouldn't walk out on the field and expect an easy W, and based off Kelly's comments last night, he knows not to take Syracuse lightly.
Interestingly, last year's UC/Syracuse game was also a somewhat important game, though obviously not nearly as important as this year's game. UC went up to Syracuse last year with a 3-3 Big East record, and a 21 point win Syracuse was the deciding factor that gave the 'cats a winning Big East record last season.
The only teams that still have shots at the Big East title are West Virginia (4-1 in the Big East) and Connecticut (3-2 in the Big East). West Virginia finishes up with games at Pittsburgh before hosting South Florida. Connecticut is currently playing at South Florida and they finish up by hosting Pittsburgh in two weeks.