Clemson Tigers vs. Syracuse Orange - 11/5/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Syracuse Orange (4-4) at Clemson Tigers (8-0)
College Football: Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 3:30 pm (Memorial Stadium)
The Line: Clemson Tigers -28.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ABC, ESPN2
Headed our way from Memorial Stadium on Saturday, November 5, we’ve got ACC Week 10 college football action between the Syracuse Orange and the Clemson Tigers.
Syracuse comes into this game with a 4-4 record thus far, and just finished off Boston College 28-20 in their last appearance. In that game, Syracuse QB Eric Dungey played very well on 32-of-38 passing for 434 yards and three touchdowns. Dungey also led the Orange in rushing with 17 carries for 54 yards, while WR Amba Etta-Tawo bagged 10 receptions for 144 yards and a score.
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So far this year, Dungey sits on 224-of-346 passing with 2631 yards and a 15:6 TD:INT mark, while Dontae Strickland leads Syracuse on 114 carries for 444 yards and two scores. Etta-Tawo is far and away the Orange’s lead receiver with 66 grabs for 1074 yards and seven TDs.
Over on the Clemson side, they’re entering play here with a perfect 8-0 mark so far, thanks to a 37-34 victory over Florida State this past Saturday. In that one, the Tigers had to rally and hang on to get the win, their first in 10 years at Doak Campbell Stadium. Clemson QB Deshaun Watson had an up-and-down day on 27-of-43 passing with 378 yards, two TDs and two picks, while RB Wayne Gallman held down the fort on the ground with 20 carries for 82 yards and two scores. Jordan Leggett was the Tigers’ lead receiver with five catches for 122 yards and a TD.
On the season thus far for Clemson, Watson is 191-of-301 for 2328 yards, 22 TDs and 10 interceptions, and Gallman has put up 110 carries for 571 yards and seven scores. Mike Williams is the Tigers’ top receiving man with 46 catches for 648 yards and four touchdowns.
Syracuse is 5-1 ATS in their last six games after allowing more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game, and 5-2 ATS in their last seven conference games. Syracuse is also 5-2 ATS in their last seven road games versus a team with a winning home record, and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games after allowing less than 170 passing yards in their previous game.
Meanwhile, Clemson is 5-2 ATS in their last seven home games, and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight-up win. Clemson is also 2-5 in their last seven games following an ATS loss, and 0-4 ATS in their last four games in November.
Syracuse has bounced back pretty well after their 9-point bomb at Wake Forest, scoring 59 points in their last two games combined. On the other side, Clemson has been playing with fire on the scoreboard, winning three of their last four games by seven points or fewer. That said, Clemson is still pretty close to being able to score at will, and shouldn’t have a whole lot of problems putting up points here. I like the Tigers in this matchup, despite what looks like a very thick line.