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It’s Week 8 of the college football season, and we’re receiving word that … Syracuse is good? That’s the rumor anyway, and it’s hard to argue given the team’s 6-0 record and No. 14 ranking.
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Syracuse at Clemson betting preview
- Date: Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022
- Start Time: 12 p.m. ET
- TV Channel: ABC
- Location: Memorial Stadium, Clemson, South Carolina
- Participants: Syracuse Orange vs. Clemson Tigers
- FanDuel Sportsbook Odds: Clemson -13.5 (-110), O/U 49.5
Is Syracuse for real?
Syracuse has been a fascinating program under head coach Dino Babers. The Orange are in their seventh season with Babers, and five of the first six were losing seasons. The lone outlier was a 10-win campaign in 2018.
This year, Syracuse is 6-0 and ranked 14th in the latest AP Top 25 poll. When Syracuse plays well under Babers, it plays exceptionally well.
Fun fact from Clemson's game notes for this week: It's the first time ever two undefeated teams 6-0 or better will meet in Death Valley in its 81-year history.
— emily leiker (@emleiker) October 18, 2022
The Orange look competent on offense and defense this fall. They have Power Five wins over Louisville, Purdue, Virginia, and N.C. State. They’re bowl eligible, and they’re only a 13.5-point underdog on the road against a top-5 Clemson squad. Syracuse is 5-1 against the spread this fall, one of the best marks in college football.
New offensive coordinator Robert Anae has the offense clicking (36 points per game) with quarterback Garrett Shrader and stud running back Sean Tucker. Defensive coordinator Tony White has his group playing well as a unit, allowing an ACC-best 13.2 points per game.
At the same time, upcoming games against Clemson, Notre Dame, Pitt, Florida State, and Wake Forest will likely spoil the undefeated season. The back half of the team’s schedule is loaded when compared to the front half.
Clemson in title contention (again)
The Tigers look the part of a possible College Football Playoff team, as they’re 7-0 overall and 5-0 in the ACC. They’re fresh off a road win at Florida State, and the remaining schedule includes Syracuse, Notre Dame, Louisville, Miami, and South Carolina. Clemson could very well be favored by double digits in each of those games.
Clemson has been tremendous against ACC foes in recent years, going 27-14 against the spread in league play the last five seasons according to ESPN Stats and Information. The Tigers present a massive test to Syracuse.
Dabo Swinney’s team always seems to have an athletic, talented defense, and this year is no different. Five of Clemson’s seven opponents have scored 20 points or fewer, and the Tigers rank third in the ACC in scoring defense.
On the offensive side, quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei has 17 touchdown passes compared to just two interceptions. Running back Will Shipley is a dynamic runner, receiver, and returner, making the quarterback-running back duo in Clemson’s backfield a matchup nightmare for most defensive coordinators.
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