Syracuse at Clemson - 10/24/20 College Football Picks and Prediction
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Clemson Tigers (5-0) vs Syracuse Orange (1-4)
Game Info: Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 12:00 pm (Memorial Stadium)
Betting Odds: Clemson Tigers -38.5 -- Over/Under: 59.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Syracuse Orange will travel to Memorial Stadium (Clemson, SC) to take on the top ranked Clemson Tigers this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The Syracuse Orange lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 1-4 (1-3 ACC) on the season after being defeated by the Liberty Flames, 38-21, this past Saturday. Syracuse had no answers on the defensive end agianst the Flames offense and could not fight back after a 16-yard TD run by Peytton Pickett gave Liberty a 35-14 lead with 2:58 left in the 3rd quarter. Syracuse was outgained by Liberty by a 520-308 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Orange was QB Rex Culpepper who completed 19 of 40 passes for 211 yads, 3 TD, & 1 INT.
On the season, Syracuse is averaging 19.6 ppg on 264.8 total yards per game (183.4 passing yds/g; 81.4 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Syracuse has been led by WR Taj Harris who has 434 receiving yards & 4 TD’s on 26 receptions. Syracuse lost QB Tommy DeVito (50.0 Comp%, 593 yards, 4 TD, 2 INT) for the season due to a leg injury and will go with QB Rex Culpepper who has completed 45.8% of his passes for 324 yards, 4 TD’s, & 2 INT. The other top receivers beside Taj Harris have been Anthony Queeley (15 rec, 162 yards, TD), Nykeim Johnson (12 rec, 135 yards, TD), and Luke Benson (2 rec, 54 yards, TD). Leading the way for the Orange backfield has been Sean Tucker who had 299 rushing yards & 2 TD’s on 61 carries.
Defensively, Syracuse is allowing their opponents to average 29.6 ppg on 484.6 total yards per game (232.0 passing yds/g; 252.6 rushing yds/g).
The top ranked Clemson Tigers won their 5th straight game and improved to 5-0 (4-0 ACC) on the season after defeating the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, 73-7, this past Saturday. Clemson followed up their impressive win agianst Miami with another incredible performance and had no trouble securing the victory after going into halftime with a 52-7 lead. Clemson dominated Georgia Tech on both sides of the ball, outgaining the Yellow Jackets by a 671-204 margin while also forcing George Tech into committing three turnovers. Leading the way for the Tigers was QB Trevor Lawrence who completed 24 of 32 passes for 404 yards, 5 TD’s, and an INT.
On the season, Clemson is averaging 48.4 ppg on 530.6 total yards per game (348.0 passing yds/g; 182.6 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Clemson has been led by Trevor Lawrence who has completed 73.0% of his passes for 1,544 yards, 15 TD’s & 1 INT while also adding 4 rushing TD’s. The top receiving threats for Lawrence and the Tigers have been Amari Rodgers (25 rec, 429 yards, 5 TD), Frank Ladson Jr. (15 rec, 243 yards, 3 TD), and Braden Galloway (11 rec, 151 yards, 2 TD). Leading the way for the Clemson backfield has been Travis Etienne who has 436 rushing yards & 5 TD’s on 67 carries. Etienne is also a major threat in the passing game as he has 274 receiving yards & 1 TD on 19 receptions.
Defensively, Clemson is holding their opponents to an average of 12.0 ppg on 264.6 total yards per game (168.2 passing yds/g; 96.4 rushing yds/g).
The Orange are 2-3 ATS on the season and 2-3 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Tigers are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games on grass and 21-9 ATS in their last 30 games overall.
Syracuse has given Clemson trouble at times over the past few years, including upsetting Clemson at home in 2017, however, I just don’t see any way Syracuse keeps this one even somewhat competitive as the Orange are inexperienced on both sides of the ball. Clemson is the top team in the country with numerous offensive and defensive weapons and after seeing the Tigers completely dismantle Georgia Tech on the road, I think Clemson wins this one by 45-50 points and covers this spread. Good Luck!