The number one team in the nation travels to New York to take on Syracuse this Saturday. Clemson has retained its glorified number one status in the College Football Playoff rankings.
The Tigers have to be aware of any let down against the over matched Orange on Nov. 14. The college football week 11 odds favor Clemson by a gargantuan 26.5-points to beat Syracuse. Will Clemson continue to impress? Or, will the Tigers fall victim to a hungry Syracuse team?
What: No. 1 Clemson Tigers (9-0) at Syracuse Orange (3-6)
When: Saturday, November 14, 2015
Kickoff: 3:30 PM ET
Where: Syracuse, NY
Stadium: Carrier Dome
Spread: Clemson -26.5
Moneyline: Clemson -5000 vs Syracuse +2500
Game Total: 57.5
Watch: ABC/ ESPN2
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Why Bet On No. 1 Clemson (-27.5) to Beat Syracuse
The Tigers have the best conference title chances, playoff chances and national title chances
Clemson’s defense has been spectacular, but it’s the offense that has been the most impressive unit this season. When Clemson’s offense is effective, the Tigers can easily score over 40 points in a game. Losethis game and it’s likely bye-bye national title hopes.
“Right now, it is what it is,” Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson said. “We just have to go back to work and keep doing what we’re doing.”
The “O” should have no problem producing against the Syracuse defense on Nov. 14. The Tigers are ranked 15th in points scored per game at 38.7 and 20th in yards average per game at 488.1. This is in contrast to Syracuse’s defense which is allowing 438 total yards, 101st in college football, and 30.7 points per game, 92nd in college football.
Why Bet On Syracuse to Beat No. 1 Clemson (-27.5)
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Clemson’s defensive averages have been stellar this season. The Tigers are allowing only 288 total yards per game ranking it 5th. The Tigers allow only 17.1 points per game, ranked 9th. Opponents pass for only 168.4 yards per game, ranked 7th in college football.
But, Clemson’s D goes into this battle against Syracuse after a very tough, emotional, win over Florida State. The Clemson defense gave up only 361 total yards. It held rival Florida State to 13 total points in the 23 to 13 Clemson win.
“Obviously, we’ve got to win more games to improve and do the things that we want to do and reach our goals, but it’s the way you approach the difficult times that makes you a good character young man,” Orange coach Scott Shafer said. “That’s our focus right now.”
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
Syracuse’s lone hope is to rush the football. The Orange average 157.9 yards per game. Clemson did allow FSU to rush for a 6.6 per carry average and 197 yards on the ground. Syracuse has no hopes of winning this game. Keeping it closer than the point spread is possible if the Orange can run the football. My final score prediction is Clemson 38, Syracuse 17.