The final two unbeaten teams in the ACC square off on Saturday, and we are digging into the numbers on BMR’s odds board to come up with a winning play as Syracuse travels south to meet Clemson.
Syracuse Orange vs. Clemson Tigers
Saturday, October 22, 2022 – 12:00 PM EDT at Memorial Stadium
Syracuse vs. Clemson Analysis
While the calendar might be telling us there are about seven more weeks to go before the ACC Championship Game kicks off in Charlotte, there are many who feel the game will essentially take place this Saturday in Clemson where the Tigers host the Syracuse Orange.
One of the early boots on the Week 8 schedule, the Orange and Tigers represent the last of the undefeated teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference, Syracuse checking in 6-0 and ranked No. 14 in both polls while Clemson is 7-0 and ranked fifth in the AP and coaches polls.
Will Spread Go Up to an Even 2 Touchdowns?
If the numbers we’re seeing at top-rated sportsbooks are any indication, the Tigers will take a huge step towards locking up the Atlantic Division of the ACC with shops carrying Clemson just short of being a 2-TD favorite for the crucial contest.
Syracuse and Clemson bring disparate marks in the totals column into the game with the Orange 2-4 O/U and the Tigers 4-3 O/U, and Saturday’s scoreboard mark is set at 51.
‘Cuse 6-0 for 1st Time Since 1987
Syracuse wasted very little time in establishing control of its game against North Carolina State this past weekend, scoring on the first possession and forcing the Wolfpack to punt on four of their five possessions in the first half in a 24-9 final to cover a field goal spread.
It was still a one-score margin when NC State kicked a field goal in the fourth quarter, but the Wolfpack burned a lot of the clock on that 3-point drive and the Orange answered with a touchdown that put the icing on the cake as Syracuse survived two turnovers.
Head coach Dino Babers noted teamwork after the game, but it was really a 2-man show for the Orange on offense where Garrett Shrader completed 16-of-25 passes for 210 yards and combined with tailback Sean Tucker for all of Syracuse’s 179 yards rushing.
Tigers 13-Straight Wins, Longest in Nation
Clemson returns home after being on the ACC highway the past two Saturdays, initially picking up an easy 31-7 triumph in Boston College and then have a tougher time last weekend in Tallahassee where the Tigers scored a 34-28 win over Florida State as small chalk at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review).
Dabo Swinney’s squad trailed the Seminoles 14-7 early in the second quarter, but then reeled off 27 unanswered points behind junior quarterback DJ Uiagalelei before Florida State tightened things up in the fourth quarter.
Will Shipley was all over the field at Doak Campbell Stadium with 121 yards rushing, 6 pass receptions and a long kickoff return to give the sophomore 230 all-purpose yards, putting him third in the ACC behind Pitt’s Israel Abanikanda and Syracuse’s Tucker.
Orange Have Hung with Tigers in Recent Meetings
Even with an 8-2 series record and a couple of blowout wins for the Tigers in 2019-20, Syracuse has been something of a thorn in Clemson’s paws in recent years by covering the NCAA football odds in four of the last five meetings and even handing out their only regular season loss in 2017.
Last year’s contest up in the old Carrier Dome, or whatever they’re calling it these days, was one of the ‘close, but no cigar’ contests for the Orange as Clemson hung on for a 17-14 decision that wasn’t nearly enough to cover a 2-TD spread on the Tigers.
- Clemson’s 17-14 win a year ago marked the fifth time in the last six matchups for the total to fall short.
- Syracuse has covered three of its four trips to South Carolina.
- Besides the 2017 victory, the Orange’s only other win over the Tigers came in the 1996 Gator Bowl.
A Lovely Afternoon in Death Valley
Bettors are always encouraged to get an update on the weather before making their wagers, everything looks perfect for the matchup at this time with temps in the upper-60s at gametime, plenty of sunshine and no wind to hamper kickers and passers.
Clemson’s Home Streak Safe
It has been a little less than six years since the Tigers lost a home game, and the Orange have never won at Memorial Stadium in Clemson.
Both of those streaks continue this Saturday, but Syracuse will stay inside the number with the right college football pick on the Orange plus the points.
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