Dino Babers after taking Syracuse job in 2015: ‘Close your eyes and visualize this’

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Entering Week 7, Syracuse was 68-108 (38.6 winning percentage) since the 2003 season. The Orange were 44-48 at home and a whopping 26-89 as an underdog during that time.

They’ve finished with a winning record three times over the last 15-plus years. Needless to say, the football program isn’t known for doing much outside of competing for a minor bowl game from time to time.

Erase the past from your memory. Because now they’re known for beating college football’s defending national champions, knocking off No. 2 Clemson by a final score of 27-24 in the Carrier Dome on Friday night.

How was this possible? Easy: Coach Dino Babers laid out the blueprint after he was hired from Bowling Green back in 2015.

“Close your eyes and visualize this,” Babers said during his introductory press conference, per the Watertown Daily Times. “You’re in the Carrier Dome and the feeling is electric… You have a defense that is relentless (and) you have an offense that will not huddle. And you have a game that is faster than you have ever seen on turf.

“Open your eyes,” he finished. “That is going to be a reality. That is going to be Syracuse football.”

Over 42,000 fans packed “The Loud House” to witness the biggest win in school history — one that will send ripples throughout college football for weeks to come, surely having some sort of impact in the playoff race come a month from now.

While the nation may still have yet to pick up its collective jaw, the Orangemen saw it coming all week.

“Can I get a quick show of hands who thought we were going to win today?” senior quarterback Eric Dungey said after his 278-yard, three-touchdown performance against the Tigers. “It’s just us. Nobody believes in us except for us. And that’s fine. I put my pads on to play for these guys, these seniors.”

While Syracuse has more work to do if it wants to make its first postseason appearance since 2013, it’s clear that Babers has quickly changed the team culture and instilled a sense of belief that his players can go out and compete with any opponent on any given day.

And that can make a world’s difference, as indicated by last night’s momentous result.

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