The ACC is tougher than the Big East and SU's schedule in particular is sprinkled with losable games throughout. But with a fair amount of talent returning on both sides of the ball and Scott Shafer in his second year at the helm, many people think anything less than 7 wins and a respectable bowl berth will be a disappointment.
Shafer, though, is still an unproven commodity and despite a slight uptick in recruiting the Orange still lag far behind the top 50 or so in overall talent.
Ultimately I think Athlon hits the nail on the head in their final analysis, specifically the idea that "every other game (besides Florida State and Clemson) will be a crapshoot." If enough of those toss-up games turn out in favor of the Cuse, 7 or 8 wins is certainly possible...but the thing about toss-ups is that they can also just as easily go the other way, and a 4 or 5 win season seems just as likely.