Syracuse football extends series with Western Michigan

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KALAMAZOO, MI – AUGUST 31: Tommy DeVito #13 of the Syracuse Orange runs the ball against the Western Michigan Broncos in the third quarter of a game at Waldo Stadium on August 31, 2018 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)


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

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SU Football Schedule

  • Saturday, August 31, 6 p.m.: SU at Liberty
  • Saturday, September 7, 12 p.m.: SU at Maryland
  • Saturday, September 14, 7:30 p.m.: Clemson at SU (on NewsChannel 9)
  • Saturday, September 21, 12 p.m.: Western Michigan vs. SU
  • Saturday, September 28, 12 p.m.: Holy Cross vs. SU
  • Thursday, October 10, 8 p.m.: SU at NC State
  • Friday, October 18, 7 p.m.: Pittsburgh vs. SU
  • Saturday, October 26, TBD: SU at Florida State
  • Saturday, November 2, TBD: Boston College vs. SU
  • Saturday, November 16, TBD: SU at Duke
  • Saturday, November 23, TBD: SU vs. Louisville
  • Saturday, November 30, TBD: Wake Forest vs. SU

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