College Football is back in action with another exciting matchup between two ranked and undefeated ACC schools. The Clemson Tigers host the Syracuse Orange in Death Valley. After an important victory over North Carolina State at home, Syracuse is 6-0 to start the season. Meanwhile, Clemson took down Florida State 34-28 in their last matchup and moved to 7-0 Tigers ranking them among the top five teams in the nation. This game has huge implications when it comes to the college football playoff and the AP Poll rankings. That being said, a lot is on the line, so let’s dive into this matchup.
Syracuse Orange Betting Preview: Orange Fave Biggest Test on the Road
The Syracuse Orange have been a Cinderella story up to this point as they are improbably undefeated after taking down ranked foes NC State and Purdue. As a result, they come in as high as No. 15 in the AP poll. Be that as it may, the Orange have a lot to prove as they face arguably their biggest test yet when they go to Death Valley on the road.
In terms of offense, the Orange rank 41st with an average of 440.6 yards per game. Garrett Shrader leads the team with 1224 passing yards, 12 touchdown passes, and only three interceptions. Shrader threw two touchdown passes last week to Oronde Gadsden II, making him the first receiver in the ACC this season to have three games with 100 or more receiving yards.
The Orange have average 36 points, and the offense gains 432.8 yards per game thanks to a strong offensive line. Running back Sean Tucke has six touchdowns on the year for the Orange and will be relied upon heavily.
In terms of defense, the Orange won their second game in a row without giving up an offensive touchdown. With just 13 points allowed per game, they rank ninth in the nation. They held NC State to just nine points last week, and they need an identical performance to take down Clemson.
Clemson Tigers Betting Preview: Clemson Welcomes Another Ranked Opponent at Home
On the other hand, Clemson triumphed over a formidable Florida State 34-28 while amassing 370 total yards. DJ Uiagalelei, the offense’s veteran quarterback, has a wealth of offensive experience and has played masterfully, leading this team to a No. Five ranking and seven straight wins. Will Shipley, a running back for the Tigers, has the best game of his career last week with 238 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns. The offense enters this game with a ranking of 55th in the country, averaging 426.7 yards, and 20th in scoring, with an average of 37 points per game.
Because of its excellent running defense, which allows the second fewest yards per game in the country, Clemson’s defense has been among the top 25, conceding just 64.2 yards per game. The Clemson defense of old seems to be back, as they are surrendering 319 yards and 18.3 points per game, ranking them among the top 25 in the nation in both categories.
Betting Lines & Odds
Clemson is the betting favorite in this game, with the spread set at 13.5 points (-110). On the moneyline, Syracuse is the road underdog to win at +400, while Clemson is given odds of -565 as home favorites. The Over/Under for the contest is currently 49.5 points (-110).
Free Betting Pick
This is an exciting ACC matchup that has huge implications, and the Orange look to upset Clemson to keep their Cinderella story going. The Orange have recently been playing the Tigers hard, with four of their last seven games being kept within ten points, including a three-point game last season.
Unquestionably, Clemson is the more talented and well-coached team, and playing at home will give them a significant advantage. Despite this, the Orange have been impressive this season and have kept games close, going 5-1 against the spread. Be prepared for the Orange attack, which scores more than 38 points per game and averages over 440 yards per game. People underestimate how tight this one will be.
Although they are playing on the road, Syracuse should bring a tough approach to Clemson. Clemson has struggled under the national spotlight despite being a talented team. 13.5 points is way too much to cover here against an Orange team that capitalizes off of their opponents’ mistakes. They may not win outright, but they should be able to keep this within two possessions. Back Syracuse in this one.
- Mybookie Prediction: Syracuse +13.5 (-110)