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Clemson Quick Predictions

Hey, remember Syracuse?
Syracuse hosted #2 Clemson last season in the Carrier Dome. You may be aware, but the Orange upset the #2 team in the nation last year. Now Syracuse heads to Clemson to take on the now ranked #3 Clemson. Revenge has to be on their mind, but can the Orange shock the college football world again?
As we know, Syracuse is not a Top 3 team. But they are undefeated. So is Clemson. Much like the FSU game, Syracuse is mostly a team of 3 star players going up against a team of 5 star players. Syracuse is outmatched and out gunned. Clemson just changed their starting QB from Kelly Bryant to 5 start freshman phenom Trevor Lawrence. That prompted Bryant to transfer on Tuesday. While Clemson will not fold and suck on Saturday, there may be locker room issues due to this change. And Kelly probably had some friends on the team. However, all that being said, you also can't underestimate the revenge factor. Clemson got embarrassed last year. To lose to Syracuse at home this year would be worse. The fact of the matter is, Syracuse's offense should be ready to go. The question is, can the defense hang with Clemson again. Syracuse was able to beat Florida State mostly by dominating the line of scrimmage on Defense. Syracuse was able to dominate the FSU O Line, especially the Tackles. If Syracuse is able to get to Lawrence, and get him to panic in the pocket like a Freshman, Syracuse has a good chance at another upset. While I think Syracuse will play a lot better than Vegas thinks (25.5 points seems steep), I think Clemson is just too much at home. Syracuse will have a chance to earn their best win in the last 30 years. But it just seems like it won't happen down in South Carolina. The upset isn't impossible, and Syracuse definitely has a very real chance. But I'm taking Clemson 45 to 34.
This game is available nation wide (still nice to say) on ABC at Noon. John will be watching. I'll be busy with games of my own. But I'm sure if Syracuse wins, I'll have a billion messages on my phone after the fact. Here's hoping for another upset, but even if they don't, as long as they keep winning the other games on the slate, things will be great. GO ORANGE!

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