College football purists went into catatonic shock last week when it was rumored that the Syracuse Orange and Rutgers Scarlet Knights, left with few options to fill their 2012 schedule, would play one another twice in 2012. Now that West Virginia is officially out of the Big East Conference and both teams still need to fill two slots on their schedule, that seemed like it might actually be crazy enough to work.
Enter Syracuse AD Daryl Gross to crush your dreams (or nightmares, as it were):
It's not even an option. We're playing at the New Meadowlands next year ... we won't be playing home and home with members of the same conference.
Syracuse is already scheduled to play the USC Trojans at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., in September. What's left unsaid by Gross is that a second game in the New York City area might not even be allowed, let alone something they're interested in.
Sorry about getting your hopes up, America.