Syracuse Football Preview: SB Nation New York's Countdown To The Regular Season

SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 11: Quarterback Ryan Nassib #12 of the Syracuse Orange rolls out to pass against the Washington Huskies on September 11 2010 at Husky Stadium in Seattle Washington. The Huskies defeated the Orange 41-20. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

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More than 1,000 fans showed up Friday afternoon for the Syracuse football program's annual Fan Fest. The event, which was held behind SU's Manley Field House, is the unofficial "are you ready for some football!?!?" tradition that gets fans geared up for the start of the regular season, which begins Thursday, Sept. 1, against visiting Wake Forest (8 p.m. on ESPN3).

Finally, SU fans are excited about their football team, which was one of the worst teams in all of college football just a few years ago. The Orange, who finished last season with a 8-5 record and a postseason victory, a 36-34 defeat of Kansas State in the Pinstripe Bowl, are now a solid pick to win the league and its automatic BCS-bowl bid.

A lot of the recent success as been credited to third-year head coach and former SU football player Doug Marrone. Marrone has sparked new life into a program that has reached back to its historic-football roots to bring back a winning philosophy. Now, the big question is: Does Marrone and the SU football program have enough talent to keep the winning momentum going?

As of Monday , Aug. 15, SB Nation New York will try to find the answer to that big question as we countdown to the start of the season, which is at 17 days, with a storystream packed with preseason information. If you're a SU fan who's worried that his/her busy summer kept you out out of the Orange football loop. No worries. This story stream will get you up to speed with daily previews/updates of the 2011-'12 Orange. By the time you're doing reading all the posts you will be ready for the start of the season!

So, without further delay lets take a look at the position of quarterback. Tuesday, SB Nation New York will focus on the linebackers.

Here's rundown of our preview schedule:

  • Monday, Aug. 15: Quarterbacks
  • Tuesday, Aug. 16: Linebackers
  • Wednesday, Aug. 17: Running Backs
  • Thursday, Aug. 18: Defensive Line
  • Friday, Aug. 19: Wide Receivers
  • Saturday, Aug. 20: Secondary
  • Sunday, Aug. 21: Offensive Line
  • Monday, Aug. 22: Head Coach
  • Tuesday, Aug. 23: Players To Watch
  • Wednesday, Aug. 24: Expectations
  • Thursday, Aug. 25: Tulane
  • Friday, Aug. 26: Toledo
  • Saturday, Aug. 27: USC
  • Sunday, Aug. 28: Rhode Island
  • Monday, Aug. 29: Big East Schedule

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