Clemson Football looks to bounce back after a bitter loss at the hands of the Florida State Seminoles. They will have to do it on the road at Syracuse, where the Orange have had Clemson’s number before.
What: Clemson Tigers at Syracuse Orange
When: Saturday 12:00 PM Eastern
Where: JMA Wireless Dome in Syracuse, New York
How to watch: The game will be broadcast on ABC and available in the ESPN app.
How to listen: Clemson Athletic Network
Broadcasters: Dave Pasch, Dusty Dvoracek, and Tom Luginbill will call the game on ABC. As usual, Don Munson will call the game on the Clemson Athletic Network, along with Tim Bouret and Reggie Merriweather.
Forecast: 67 degrees and partly cloudy outside the JMA Dome for fans who have traveled to Syracuse and might want to tailgate. I keep hearing about this Dinosaur BBQ place that even southerners say is pretty good, so check it out.
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History: From Oppo Research – Clemson leads the all-time series 9-2 over the Orange. The Tigers currently hold a five-game win streak over Syracuse, most recently defeating them 27-21 in Death Valley. Quarterback Cade Klubnik came into that game in relief of DJ Uiagalelei to lead the Tigers in a comeback victory.
Preview: Click here to read Casey Cregan’s preview of the Orange for Clemson Sports Media.
Prediction: Florida State at Clemson Football
I like the mindset that this team has kept through the season thus far, especially considering the way some fans have been dumping on this team this week. Fortunately I see a lot more fans who see this team for what it is: very talented with a lot of promise.
One of the dangers of an emotional loss is that it can turn into two losses. I don’t sense that kind of fragility from this team or from Cade Klubnik.
The Orange are a team that has played Clemson closely in the past, and it hasn’t always been because they know what to expect from the offense. Syracuse has gotten the best of the Clemson defense several times over the years, and they have only recovered with some good adjustments at halftime. As we probably recall from a Friday in 2017, even the adjustments weren’t enough that evening.
Dino Babers is a coach that probably doesn’t get enough credit for being a good game planner and in-game coach. My opinion is that if his teams fall short of expectations, it usually has more to do with the talent on the field. I’ve said for years that if Babers was let go by Syracuse, my sincerest hope was that he would end up on Dabo Swinney’s staff.
I like this Clemson squad to bounce back this weekend, but I do expect this game to be competitive. Garrett Schrader will be difficult to contain and I expect him to keep the Orange in the ballgame.
I like Clemson to win, but Syracuse to cover, and I will take the under on points.
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