Dino Babers: "It's Just A Matter Of Time"

By beating Dabo Swinney and Clemson last October, Dino Babers and Syracuse showed what they're capable of

The DA Show
August 06, 2018 - 3:01 pm

USA Today Images


Last October, Syracuse authored one of the most stunning upsets of the college football season, beating then-No. 2 Clemson 27-24 in the Carrier Dome to improve to 4-3. But then an odd thing happened: the Orange lost their final five games of the season to finish 4-8.

Still, that win over Dabo Swinney and the Tigers shows what Dino Babers and Syracuse are capable of.

“I think it just kind of lets everyone know we’re not that far off,” Babers told Damon Amendolara, who was filling in as host of The Jim Rome Show. “We’re a couple of athletes from where we want to be. Once we get the young men that we need, this thing is going to work. It’s just a matter of time. It’s not that it isn’t or is not going to work; it’s just a matter of time. It’s definitely going to work.”

Babers went 4-8 in each of his first two seasons but has high hopes for 2018, especially after landing what he feels was a top-notch recruiting class.

“We’ve got a fantastic group of young men in this year,” he said. “We have a fantastic group of young men that’s already committed that we’re not allowed to talk about because of NCAA rules, and I think they really are understanding the advantage of the Loud House.”

Indeed, the Carrier Dome offers a unique advantage among Power Five programs.

“The thing I can promise them if they come here (is) we’re going to have six or seven home games, which turns into 24 to 28 games over their career where there’s no wind, no rain, no snow,” Babers said. “To play in perfect conditions and to be able to show the next level exactly what you can or can’t do, I think, is very important to the young men nowadays.”

With games against Florida State (Sept. 15), Clemson (Sept. 29) and Notre Dame (Nov. 17), Syracuse has a tough schedule. Still, one of Babers’ goals this season is to play in a bowl game – something the program hasn’t done since 2013.

“I would be disappointed if we didn’t,” he said. “I don’t think it’s a bust, but I think we’re at the stage of our development where that should be something that we should be seriously considering.”

Syracuse opens at Western Michigan on Aug. 31. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. ET.