Clemson at Syracuse: 10/15/21 College Football Picks and Predictions

Clemson at Syracuse: 10/15/21 College Football Picks and Predictions Photo by Ken Ruinard / staff / USA TODAY NETWORK

Syracuse Orange (3-3) vs Clemson Tigers (3-2)

Game Info: Friday, October 15, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Carrier Dome)

Betting Odds: Syracuse Orange +13.5 -- Over/Under: 45 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Clemson Tigers and Syracuse Orange face off on Friday in an ACC college football showdown at the Carrier Dome. The last time these two teams faced off in 2020, Clemson won 47-21. 

Coming into the season the dreams for the Clemson Tigers were about another National Championship, but those dreams are now dead. Clemson comes into this game with a 3-2 record and even the wins haven’t been all that impressive. This is a Clemson team that has beaten Georgia Tech and Clemson by only six points. They are only averaging 21.2 points while the defense is giving up 12.2 points. Under center for Clemson is  D.J. Uiagalelei and it seems the coaching staff really doesn’t trust him. On the season he has thrown for 793 yards, three touchdowns, and three interceptions. In this game, if Clemson wants to win, the offense needs to be better. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Syracuse Orange who sits with a 3-3 record overall. Syracuse started the season 3-1, but they have lost two games in a row, but both games have both been competitive. They lost to Florida State 33-30 and Wake Forest 40-37. Under center for Syracuse is Garrett Shrader and he has thrown for 627 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions. Running back Sean Tucker leads the team in rushing and receiving yards. Tucker has rushed for 791 yards and nine touchdowns, and he has also caught 12 passes for 204 yards and two touchdowns. When these two teams faced off last year the defense wasn’t good enough, and that is going to need to be better. 

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Clemson is 0-6 against the spread in the last six games overall. Syracuse is 4-0 against the spread in their last four games. Clemson is 2-5 against the spread in the last seven meetings. The under is 4-1 in the last five meetings. 

Syracuse getting 14 points is a gift. Clemson isn’t blowing out teams. If Clemson couldn’t blow out Georgia Tech, they can’t blow out Syracuse. Clemson is 2-5 against the spread in their last seven meetings, and it’s not going to change in this game. Back Syracuse to cover the spread, and don’t be afraid to sprinkle a few dollars on Syracuse on the money line. 

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Shane’s Pick Syracuse +13.5

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