Syracuse football to tangle with No. 2 Clemson

Brunilde Fioravanti
Ottobre 13, 2017

QB Kelly Bryant is "ready to go" in the game.

As his No. 2-ranked Tigers travel to Syracuse for a Friday night matchup of ACC Atlantic Division teams, Swinney has no doubt he will take a few minutes to think about the last nine years and all they have entailed. Clemson has beaten the Orange in each of the past four years.

Among the chief priorities Clemson will have to address is Syracuse's tempo, one that is much faster than what the Tigers have been accustomed to this season.

The gap between programs like Clemson and Syracuse can be appropriately measured in depth.

Bryant gives Clemson a considerably better chance of emerging as the victor - perhaps not by the 22 1/2-point spread - but by any margin that will fan the flames of survival heading into a bye week.

Clemson is ranked No. 2 and is the defending national champion.

The defense for Clemson can help them win this game without the Orange scoring many points. This game's over/under comes in at a combined 56.5. points. Syracuse plays in a odd environment inside that Carrier Dome, but the Tigers aren't going to be caught looking ahead here on a special Friday night contest.

Tigers QB Kelly Bryant is 107-for-159 passing for 1,259 yards, 4 touchdowns and 4 interceptions.

Still, the uptempo offense behind quarterback Eric Dungey has struggled in each of the team's losses. Travis Etienne and Tavien Feaster both have more than 300 rushing yards apiece. Clemson has dominated teams on the ground with 237.3 yards per game to only 98.8 yards per game. Hunter Renfrow, who made the championship-winning catch against Alabama, has 29 receptions for 282 yards. Just keep plowing ahead.

On defense, Dorian O'Daniel has 48 total tackles. Dungey is also the team's leading rusher with 325 yards and 8 touchdowns. Ishmael leads the country in receiving yards, nearly 50 yards ahead of the No. 2 player (Colorado State's Michael Gallup). Most opponents throw lots of nickel coverage against Syracuse to best contain Erv Philips, up to 52 catches on the season, with an additional defensive back. The Orange won the first meeting, 41-0, in 1996.

Clemson has ACC wins over the Louisville Cardinals, the Boston College Eagles, the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. The Orange are coming off their first ACC win of the season over the cross-divisional rival Pittsburgh Panthers. Syracuse topped Penn State in 1987 and MI in 1998 in the season after their national titles.

Altre relazioniGrafFiotech

Discuti questo articolo

Segui i nostri GIORNALE