SYRACUSE, N.Y. (SYRACUSE ATHLETICS) –
Syracuse and Western Michigan have agreed to continue their football series with additional games scheduled for 2020 and 2023, the schools announced in a joint release on Wednesday, April 17. The Orange will visit Western Michigan on Sept. 26, 2020. The Broncos will return the game on Sept. 9, 2023.
Syracuse hosts Western Michigan this fall in the second game of a two-game, home-and-home series announced in 2017. The Orange won the first-ever matchup between the teams, defeating the Broncos 55-42 at Waldo Stadium in last year’s season opener.
“We work diligently each season to balance our schedule with non-conference games that prepare our team for the rigors of the ACC,” Syracuse Director of Athletics John Wildhack said. “Western Michigan is a quality program, who gave us a very competitive game last season. We are excited to continue the series.”
Western Michigan is coached by former Syracuse assistant Tim Lester. In two seasons under Lester, the Broncos are 13-12. They went 7-6 in 2018 and made an appearance in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl opposite BYU.
With the addition of Western Michigan to the schedule, Syracuse’s four non-conference opponents for 2020 are now set. The Orange have one non-conference slot to fill in 2023. Game dates and opponents for those seasons are below:
Sept. 12 at Rutgers
Sept. 18-19 vs. Colgate *
Sept. 26 at Western Michigan
Oct. 17 vs. Liberty
ACC home games: Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, NC State
ACC away games: Boston College, Clemson, Pittsburgh, Wake Forest
* – Dependent on progress of stadium construction
Sept. 9 vs. Western Michigan
Sept. 16 at Purdue
Sept. 23 vs. Army West Point
ACC home games: Boston College, Clemson, Pittsburgh, Wake Forest
ACC away games: Florida State, Louisville, North Carolina, NC State