Does the tri-state/New York City area care about college football? Well, sports fans will soon find out, as a nationally televised non-conference contest between the Syracuse Orange and USC Trojans will be showcased on Sept. 8 (3:30 p.m. ET on ABC) at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.
The New York College Classic, the new branding name for a game that has been on the books for years now, will feature two different programs at the opposite ends of the college football spectrum.
The Orange will be coming off a disappointing 5-7 season, which ended on a five-game losing streak; while the Trojans will finally be bowl eligible for the first time in two seasons and probably ranked in the top five with aspirations of a National Championship.
For Syracuse fans, the nationally televised game will be welcomed, however, many will be praying their team doesn't get embarrassed on the national stage -- last year, the Orange played the host Trojans to a respectable 38-17 loss.
The Orange will play four other nationally televised games during the 2012-13 seasons. Here's the complete rundown via SUAthletics.com:
|Southern California||3:30 p.m.||MetLife Stadium|
|Stony Brook||TBA||Carrier Dome|
|*||Pittsburgh||7:00 p.m.||Carrier Dome|
|*||Connecticut||8:00 p.m.||Carrier Dome|
|*||South Florida||TBA||Tampa, Fla.|
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