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Top Secret Fyles: Is Dallas in Syracuse University football’s plans?


From the drawers of the Top Secret Fyles:

Where will Syracuse University football go bowling? That mystery should be cleared up by Sunday evening, but until then, let’s explore the possibilities:

The Tampa Bay Times and’s Mark Schlabach each have the Orange slated to play in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on New Year’s Day in Dallas against North Texas, which is the Conference USA’s No. 3 team.

Syracuse (6-6) became bowl eligible following Saturday’s 34-31 Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season finale victory in the final six seconds over Boston College at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.

The ACC has eight guaranteed bowl berths, but 11 schools in the conference have at least six victories to be bowl eligible, so the Orange should go in as an at-large participant.

The Big Ten and the Pac-12 Conference each came up short in the number of required schools reaching six victories against FBS schools.

Syracuse — in line for consecutive bowl seasons since 1998-99 — could replace the Big Ten’s No. 7 team in the bowl picture.

The Pinstripe Bowl (Dec. 28 at Yankee Stadium), where SU has gone two of the past three seasons, is another possibility. SU has a strong fan presence in the New York City area.

Other bowl scenarios for the Orange include: Beef O’Brady’s (Dec. 23 at St. Petersburg, Fla.); Little Caesars (Dec. 26 at Detroit); Poinsettia (Dec. 26 at San Diego); Military (Dec. 27 in Washington, D.C.); Music City (Dec. 30 in Nashville, Tenn); and Independence (Dec. 31 in Shreveport, La.).

nRex Ryan’s coaching future with the Jets may be in doubt in a few weeks following the team’s current three-game slide.

New York (5-7) was once 5-4 and in position for the AFC’s final playoff team as the sixth seed, but losses to Buffalo, Baltimore and Miami have practically doomed any type of playoff hopes.

Do you think Ryan regrets taking his team to Dave and Buster’s in suburban Buffalo the night before the Jets’ big game against the Bills? Buffalo won easily, 37-14.

Ryan is defensive specialist with little knowledge about offense. Quarterbacks are not Ryan’s forte, especially considering the recent efforts of Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith, who was benched Sunday after his NFL-worst 19th interception.

Richie Rich’s Top 10 in College Football: 1. Florida State; 2. Ohio State; 3. Auburn; 4. Alabama; 5. Missouri; 6. Oklahoma State; 7. South Carolina; 8. Stanford; 9. Baylor; 10. Michigan State.

Richie Rich’s Top 10 in NFL: 1. Seahawks (played Monday night); 2. Broncos; 3. Saints (played Monday night); 4. Panthers; 5. Patriots; 6. 49ers; 7. Bengals; 8. Eagles; 9. Colts; 10. Chiefs.

Times sports copy editor Richard Fyle can be reached at

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