Syracuse has completed its 2012 nonconference schedule, adding Missouri to an already challenging slate of games.
The Orange will play at Missouri on Nov. 17, giving them four nonconference games against teams from automatic qualifying leagues -- the most of all teams in the Big East. Here is Syracuse's nonconference schedule:
Sept. 1 Northwestern
Sept. 8 vs. USC (MetLife Stadium)
Sept. 15 Stony Brook
Sept. 22 at Minnesota
Nov. 17 at Missouri
The schedule is ambitious to say the least, especially in such a critical season for coach Doug Marrone, whose team is coming off a 5-7 season. It might disappoint Orange fans that only two of those games are in the Carrier Dome, but the challenges of putting together the 2012 slate with all the Big East changes forced Syracuse to hit the road to face the Tigers in this one-year arrangement.
"Across the country conference realignment has dramatically impacted 2012 football schedules,” Marrone said in a statement. “In our effort to fill the voids left by Texas Christian University, which was slated to be a home game, and West Virginia University leaving the Big East conference, we worked exhaustively to schedule a home game, but were limited by the number of schools that had openings on their schedules. Our discussions included Florida State, Arkansas, Boise State and Nevada. We did not pursue a second FCS opponent. Although we could not schedule the game at home, we are fortunate that another BCS team like Missouri was available. "
Pitt and Cincinnati are the remaining Big East schools with one nonconference game to fill. Each Big East team has a hole in its league schedule with the departure of West Virginia. The Big East has been in discussions with Temple about joining for 2012, but nothing official has been announced.