I live about a 1 1/2 hour drive away from the Carrier Dome. The game is on a Saturday, and before SU's students will be returning from break. That means that: (a) it'll be much easier for me to get to the game than if it were played on a weeknight; and (b) there will be far more tickets available (and perhaps at a cheaper price) than is usually the case. Also, I have to think that playing an away game at Syracuse before its students return from break has to be beneficial to our team.
I do agree with you and the poster below that we have a tough conference schedule coming out of the gate.