Clemson Tigers Vs. Syracuse Orange NCAAF Betting Picks
Posted by: Charlie Smith
Naturally, college football fans remember the epic 27-24 Syracuse home upset win over Clemson two years ago. But fresher on the minds of gamblers is last week’s debacle at Maryland. The Orange were annihilated 63-20 by the Terrapins as 1-point away dogs. The college football betting slaughter was no accident. Maryland outgained Syracuse 650-400 in total yards with a 29-18 first down advantage. There is the theory that the Orange may have been looking ahead to this week’s game against the national champions. And that would not be a bad idea. Clemson has powered to a dominant start.
Clemson Tigers Vs. Syracuse Orange
The first-week action saw Clemson take apart Georgia Tech 52-14 as 37-point home chalks. Week two was a workmanlike 24-10 home win over a good Texas A&M team as 16.5-point home overlays. Namely quarterback Trevor Lawrence is a Heisman Trophy candidate. The sophomore is off to a solid though unspectacular start. As a matter of fact, running back Travis Etienne has been the key offensive star for the Tigers. Defensively coordinator Brent Venables unit remains among the best in the country.
Players to Watch: QB Trevor Lawrence (64% COMP, 436 YDS, 7.5 AVG, 2 TD, 3 INT, 128.0 RTG), RB Travis Etienne (28 ATT, 258 YDS, 9.2 YPC 3 TD, 5 REC, 55 YDS, 11.0 YPC, 0 TD), RB Lyn J Dixon (19 ATT, 143 YDS, 7.5 AVG, 2 TD, 3 REC, 30 YDS, 10.0 YPC, 0 TD), WR Tee Higgins (8 REC, 168 YDS, 21.0 YPC, 1 TD), WR Justyn Ross (10 REC, 107 YDS, 10.7 YPC, 1 TD)
Now Syracuse enters this game with a record of 1-1 straight up, with the line, and with totals. The Orange defeated Liberty in week one 24-0 as 19.5-point road chalks. Of great concern is that Syracuse ranks near the bottom of all national metrics. Offensively the Orange rank 97th for scoring. Even worse is a defense that ranks 104th in the country for points allowed. Head coach Dino Babers has done a good job on balance in rejuvenating the program. However, graduation losses could make this season difficult.
Players to Watch: QB Tommy DeVito (61% COMP, 506 YDS, 6.8 AVG, 3 TD, 3 INT, 123.5 RTG), RB Moe Neal (26 ATT, 136 YDS, 5.2 YPC, 1 TD, 9 REC, 94 YDS, 10.4 YPC, 0 TD), RB Abdul Adams (21 ATT, 86 YDS, 4.1 YPC, 1 TD, 2 REC, 29 YDS, 14.5 YPC, 0 TD), WR Trishton Jackson (10 REC, 178 YDS, 17.8 YPC, 2 TD), WR Taj Harris (6 REC, 116 YDS, 19.3 YPC, 0 TD)
Clemson Tigers vs. Syracuse Orange Betting Numbers
7-3 ATS as a road chalk
4-6 ATS as a dog at the Carrier Dome
Clemson Tigers vs. Syracuse Orange Betting Picks
On this occasion, the Orange will have a packed house looking for a repeat of their 2017 Bet on sports triumph. Due to Clemson’s depth that’s not likely in the cards. Specifically, the Orange looks to be in rebuilding mode for 2019.
Score Prediction: Clemson Tigers 42, Syracuse Orange 10