Clemson at Syracuse - 10/13/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Clemson Tigers (6-0) at Syracuse Orange (3-3)
College Football: Friday, October 13, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Carrier Dome)
The Line: Syracuse Orange +22.5 -- Over/Under: 56.5 See the Latest Odds
The Clemson Tigers and Syracuse Orange meet Friday in college football action at the Carrier Dome on ESPN.
The Clemson Tigers look to build on their 6-0 record and stay in the CFB playoff conversation. The Clemson Tigers haven’t lost a road game since November of 2014. Kelly Bryant is completing 67.3 percent of his passes for 1,259 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions. Bryant has one or less touchdown passes in every game this season. Ray-Ray McCloud and Hunter Renfrow have combined for 573 receiving yards and one touchdown while Deon Cain has 17 receptions. The Clemson Tigers ground game is averaging 237.3 yards per contest, and Bryant leads the way with 401 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, Clemson is allowing 11.3 points and 264.3 yards per game. Kendall Joseph leads the Clemson Tigers with 45 tackles, Austin Bryant has five sacks and Dorian O'Daniel has two interceptions.
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The Syracuse Orange look for a big home upset to get a game above a .500 record. The Syracuse Orange have split their last eight home games. Eric Dungey is completing 64.4 percent of his passes for 1,802 yards, nine touchdowns and four interceptions. Dungey has two or more touchdown passes in four of his last eight games. Steve Ishmael and Ervin Philips have combined for 1,204 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Devin C. Butler has 16 receptions. The Syracuse Orange ground game is averaging 141.8 yards per contest, and Dungey leads the way with 325 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, Syracuse is allowing 24.3 points and 357.7 yards per game. Parris Bennett leads the Syracuse Orange with 56 tackles, Ryan Guthrie has one sack and Jonathan Thomas has one interception.
The Tigers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 conference games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Orange are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 home games, 4-0 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The under is 13-3 in Orange last 16 games overall and the under is 4-1 in Tigers last 5 games overall.
We all know Clemson is the better team here and is led by one of the top defenses in the country. However, the Clemson Tigers are still inconsistent offensively and haven't exactly been blowing teams out this season, which has led to failed covers in five of their last seven conference games. Syracuse is an improved football team and Dungey is a playmaker who can put up points with his arm or legs. Keep in mind the Orange went on the road and hung with both LSU and NC State. Syracuse is a decent football team that won't backdown from the challenege even if its outmanned. I like the value of the points here due to Syracuse's QB play and the fact Clemson hasn't been covering numbers the way you'd like from a title contender.