Cuse fan here. Hey I'm all for a home and home in Hoops too. I only live 7 hours from BR.
Anyways, late September is a very good time to visit. We usually have our first cool weather of the seaason come through about that time. The leaves in the higher elevations are nearing peak too.
For flying: The Good news is Jet Blue serves both New Orleans and Syracuse. That means all airlines between NOLA and Cuse will have pretty competitive airfare. If any of you are avid fishermen I highly recommend staying 30 minutes north of Syracuse in Pulaski. It is the Salmon Capital of the East. Other things to do: Baseball Hall of Fame, Finger Lakes Wine Tasting Tours, Leaf Peeping in the Adirondacks, 1000 Islands and if you have a Passport a run into Canada (Niagara Falls or Kingston). If it is a rainy day Syracuse has one of the biggest Entertainment/Shopping Malls in the country. Syracuse Tailgate and Gameday Info
Finally, if you have the time and money a visit to NYC is awesome. You can take a train from midtown NYC to Syracuse as an option.