Syracuse University football fans will help the Orange kick off the 2011 campaign in the Carrier Dome for the first two weeks of the season. Syracuse will host Wake Forest on September 3 and Rhode Island on September 10. The home schedule also includes games against Toledo (Sept. 24), Rutgers (Oct. 1), West Virginia (Oct. 22), South Florida (Nov. 11) and Cincinnati (Nov. 26). The Friday night contest against USF will be nationally televised on ESPN2 at 8:00 p.m.
The Orange, under the direction of third-year head coach Doug Marrone, will play at Southern California on September 17 in the only away game during the first five weeks of the season. Syracuse?s other non-conference road game is at Tulane on October 8. SU?s BIG EAST away games are at Louisville (Oct. 29), at Connecticut (Nov. 5) and at Pittsburgh (Dec. 3). The regular-season finale at Pittsburgh will be nationally televised on either ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.