Syracuse Orange (4-0) vs Clemson Tigers (4-0)Date : 09/29/2018
Time : 12:00 pm EST
Location : Clemson Memorial Stadium, Clemson, South Carolina
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Syracuse Orange vs Clemson Tigers
The undefeated Syracuse Orange will travel to Clemson Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina, to take on the 2nd ranked Clemson Tigers on Saturday for a noon start time. In their last outing, the Tigers would pick up the 49-21 road ACC win over the Georgia Tech Yellowjackets as they would cover the spread as 16-point road favorites while the over would be the play as the total was set at 55 points for the game. The Orange would destroy the UConn Huskies last Saturday by a 51-21 score at home as they would fall short of covering the 30.5 point spread as home favorites while the under would be the play as the total was set at 74.5 points for the game. Syracuse would get the 27-24 road win over the Tigers on October 13, 2017, as Eric Dungy would throw three TD passes en route to the huge home victory. Syracuse would also cover the spread as 24-point home underdogs while the under was the result with the total being set at 58 points for the game. The under is 4-1 in the last five meetings between these two teams.
Syracuse Orange's Latest Performance :
The Huskies never had a chance versus the Orange last Saturday as the home team would go up 31-14 at the half on the strength of Eric Dungy who passed for two touchdowns while running for two touchdowns as well. The Orange would outscore the Huskies 20-7 in the second half as Sean Riley scored on a 69-yard punt return while Dungy would find Riley for a 49-yard touchdown pass for his second pass TD of the day. Dungy passed for 286 yards total along with rushing for 77 yards in the win while Moe Neal led the rushing attack with 116 yards on 13 carries. Riley led the receiving corps with 120 yards on six catches in the victory. While the Orange would have an all-around victory, the defense would allow 178 yards on the ground to UConn, yet, they would force three fumbles (recovered two) along with an interception in the game.
Clemson Tigers 's Latest Performance :
Clemson would get the scoring started versus the Yellowjackets on defense as Clelin Ferrell would recover a fumble in the end zone for the Tigers first score of the night while Trevor Lawrence had three touchdown passes in the first half. Lawrence threw another touchdown pass in the fourth quarter while Clemson would get two rushing touchdowns from Travis Etienne along with Tavien Feaster to seal the conference victory. The Tigers would rack up 480 yards total with 248 yards on the ground as Etienne would lead the charge with 122 yards for the game. Lawrence would have 176 yards along with four TD’s along with an interception in the win as he would find Etienne, Hunter Renfroe, Justyn Ross, along with Tee Higgins for touchdowns in the victory. The Yellowjackets had only 146 yards for the game, the Tigers would hold them to a total of 203 yards for the game along with eight fumbles (one recovered) while holding them to four of 15 in third down conversions. Finally, the Clemson defense allowed Ta’Quon Marshall only 29 yards in the air along with 47 yards and a TD rushing.
How Syracuse Orange & Clemson Tigers Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Clemson is 1-3 ATS while the O/U is 2-2
Syracuse is 3-0-1 ATS while the O/U is 2-2
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This game will center around how/if the Clemson defense will be able to contain Dungy and the Orange offense that is averaging 50 points per game on 532 total yards per game. The Tigers will need to ensure that their defense, that allows 15 points per game on 273 total yards per game to their opponents, do not look ahead for this matchup. On the other hand, the Tiger offense is potent as well in averaging 41 points per game while the Orange are only allowing 20 points per outing, good for 37th in the nation. In all, this will be an interesting and tough matchup for both teams, however, Clemson has the edge as this game is played in their backyard.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Syracuse Orange +24
My reason for the pick :
I will back the Orange in this matchup as I believe that as long as Dungy stays healthy, they will have a shot at keeping this game close while even having the chance to pull out the win in the contest. Of course, Clemson will be focused for this matchup, however, the Orange will be looking to crack the top 25 with a decent showing, so, there is much to be gained by both teams in this contest. Nonetheless, the strongest play here will be with Syracuse and the plus points as I think that they are much better than the country thinks at this point.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under 66
My reason for the prediction :
While each team has scored almost at will during the first few weeks of the season, I will back the under in this contest as it will be a very important game for each team, as stated. Furthermore, it will be one to where both will bring their A games in which to make a huge statement to the college football world. Clemson is very prideful on defense while the Orange will be looking to defend their top 40 ranking as it relates to points scored per game by their opponents. In all, the total will fall well below what is expected as I see both offenses struggling for every inch that they may obtain in this all important ACC matchup.
Betting trends for Syracuse Orange:
- Orange are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 games in September
- Orange are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall
- Orange are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games on grass.
Betting trends for Clemson Tigers :
- Over is 4-0-1 in Tigers last 5 games after accumulating more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game
- Under is 4-0 in Tigers last 4 home games
- Under is 5-1 in Tigers last 6 games following an ATS win.