It’s taken a long time for Clemson, but DJ Uiagalelei is finally living up to expectations. He has led the Tigers to an undefeated 7-0 start and has thrown for over 200 yards in every game. Clemson is coming off a win at Florida State and carries their No. 5 ranking into this matchup with the 14th ranked Syracuse Orange.
Syracuse might have emerged as the next contender to Clemson’s ACC supremacy. So, let’s see what the sportsbooks have to say about this Week 8 ACC battle.
Syracuse vs. Clemson Odds, Spread and Total
Clemson and Syracuse Betting Trends
- Clemson is 4-3 ATS
- Syracuse is 5-1 ATS
- Syracuse’s games are 4-2 to the under
- Clemson is 7-1 ATS in last eight ACC games
- Syracuse is 4-1 ATS in last five vs. Clemson
Syracuse vs. Clemson Prediction and Pick
The Clemson offense looks much better than it did a year ago when Uiagalelei threw 9 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. This year he has 17 TD to just two picks, and is running for 4.2 yards per carry and has four touchdowns on the ground. Last week in their 34-28 win over a good Florida State team he went 15-for-23 for 203 yards and three touchdowns.
The concern for the Tigers is that their defense is only 26th in total defense this year and they have the 61st total offense. That doesn’t really sound like a top five team in the country. Last year when their offense was a disaster, they at least had the second ranked defense behind Georgia.
It’s actually Syracuse that has the dominant defense. They are sixth in the country in total defense and just outside the top 10 in run defense. They are even better against the pass and should keep this game pretty low scoring.
Garrett Shrader will have to do enough because Clemson can stop the run. Shrader threw for 216 yards and two touchdowns against NC State last week. A performance like that will be enough for the Orange to cover the spread, but they aren’t ready to win in Death Valley.
Pick: Syracuse +13.5 (-107)
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