You could almost hear a collective cheer a little more than two hours down the thruway from Albany last week when Syracuse announced the contract extension of football head coach Dino Babers. At the same time, there was a great sense of relief from Orange fans. Their head coach, who has led a dramatic turnaround, would now be on the sidelines for years to come.

After back to back 4-8 seasons to start his career at Syracuse, Babers has the Orange at 9-3 this season headed to the Camping World Bowl in Orlando. The 'Cuse will face West Virginia on Friday, December 28. There is life at the Carrier Dome again in the fall and Babers' passion is shown through his players' desire to compete each. Their only losses this season were to two College Football Playoff teams: Clemson (just barely) and Notre Dame as well as ACC Championship runner-up Pitt.

Syracuse reached its highest ranking in nearly twenty years and a win in the bowl game at the end of the month would give the Orange the seventh 10-win season in program history.

Coach Babers joined Big Board Sports to look back at the season and ahead for what's next: