Through 2 Quarters
The Clemson Tigers were expected to win this one, and so far that’s exactly how it’s playing out. the Tigers have a bit of a cushion as they currently lead the Syracuse Orange 27-14 at halftime
Clemson has enjoyed the tag-team combination of QB Trevor Lawrence and RB Travis Etienne. The former has passed for two TDs and 203 yards on 32 attempts, while the latter has rushed for one TD and 59 yards on 11 carries. RB Sean Tucker has led the way so far for the Orange, as he has rushed for one TD and 63 yards on ten carries.
‘Cuse hasn’t been much of a second-half team this year, losing 100% of the time when they were down at the break.
Syracuse @ No. 1 Clemson
Current Records: Syracuse 1-3; Clemson 4-0
What to Know
The Clemson Tigers are 4-1 against the Syracuse Orange since November of 2015, and they’ll have a chance to extend that success Saturday. The Tigers and ‘Cuse will face off in an ACC battle at noon ET at Memorial Stadium. The Orange will need to watch out since Clemson has now posted big point totals in their last four contests.
When you finish with 467 more yards than your opponent like Clemson did last week, a favorable outcome is almost sure to follow. They took their contest on the road with ease, bagging a 73-7 victory over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. The matchup was all but wrapped up at the end of the third, by which point Clemson had established a 59-7 advantage. Their QB Trevor Lawrence was on fire, passing for five TDs and 404 yards on 33 attempts. Lawrence’s 83-yard touchdown toss to WR Amari Rodgers in the first quarter made for one of the most memorable moments of the day.
Meanwhile, ‘Cuse lost to the Liberty Flames at home by a decisive 38-21 margin. The Orange were down 35-14 at the end of the third quarter, which was just too much to recover from. No one had a standout game offensively for ‘Cuse, but they got scores from TE Aaron Hackett, WR Taj Harris, and WR Anthony Queeley.
The Tigers are the favorite in this one, with an expected 46.5-point (!) margin of victory. But bettors beware: they are only 1-3 against the spread when favored.
Clemson’s win brought them up to 4-0 while ‘Cuse’s loss pulled them down to 1-3. A pair of stats to keep an eye on: Clemson comes into the game boasting the ninth fewest thrown interceptions in the nation at one. But the Orange enter the contest having picked the ball off seven times, good for first in the nation. We’ll see which of these strengths — offense or defense — will win out.
How To Watch
When: Saturday at 12 p.m. ETWhere: Memorial Stadium — Clemson, South CarolinaTV: ACC NetworkOnline streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)Follow: CBS Sports AppTicket Cost: $70.00
The Tigers are a big 46.5-point favorite against the Orange, according to the latest college football odds.
The line has drifted a bit towards the Tigers, as the game opened with the Tigers as a 44.5-point favorite.
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Clemson have won four out of their last five games against Syracuse.
Sep 14, 2019 – Clemson 41 vs. Syracuse 6Sep 29, 2018 – Clemson 27 vs. Syracuse 23Oct 13, 2017 – Syracuse 27 vs. Clemson 24Nov 05, 2016 – Clemson 54 vs. Syracuse 0Nov 14, 2015 – Clemson 37 vs. Syracuse 27