The Syracuse Orange look to snap a two-game losing streak when they play host to the Clemson Tigers in an ACC game on Friday night. The Tigers are coming off a 19-13 victory over Boston College two weeks ago, but they’re 0-2 away from home this season. Syracuse dropped an overtime affair to nationally ranked Wake Forest, falling 40-37 in overtime in their last outing. Both teams are trying to take another step toward bowl eligibility with a big win. To get you ready to bet online on some Friday football, we’ll take a closer look at the college football odds for this contest to help you determine your winning wagers.
|Game: Clemson Tigers (3-2, 2-1) at Syracuse Orange (3-3, 0-2)
Location: Carrier Dome
Time: 7 p.m. ET
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Clemson has dominated this rivalry, winning seven of the nine all-time matchups. The Tigers have won the last three meetings, including last season’s 47-21 game in South Carolina.
Syracuse’s only win at the Carrier Dome against the Tigers was a 27-24 thriller in 2017. The Orange’s only other victory against Clemson came in a neutral-site game in the 1996 Gator Bowl.
Next game: at Pittsburgh
In a homecoming game on Oct. 2, the Tigers used a solid running game and kicker B.T. Potter’s accuracy to edge Boston College 19-13. Potter hit four field goals and an extra point to account for most of the Clemson scoring in its 31st straight home win.
Running back Kobe Pace had 125 yards on 19 carries to power the running game, which ended up with 231 yards on the day. Quarterback DJ Uiagalelei threw for a season-high 207 yards while also gaining 50 yards on the ground.
The Tigers forced three key turnovers while also recording nine tackles for loss and four sacks. Pace scored Clemson’s only touchdown with a 59-yard run in the first quarter.
Despite the win, Clemson dropped to 0-5 against the spread, failing to cover the 14½ points it was favored by at home. The Tigers have been favored in every game but have yet to cover.
Next game: at Virginia Tech
The Orange came from behind to force overtime with under a minute to play against unbeaten Wake Forest but were unable to close the deal, falling in overtime 40-37. A Garrett Shrader-to-Sean Tucker 28-yard touchdown pass with 21 seconds to play knotted the game at 34 and forced the extra period.
Shrader finished with 160 yards and two touchdowns through the air as well as 178 yards and one score on the ground. Running back Sean Tucker added 153 yards and two touchdowns running the ball.
The Orange outgained the Demon Deacons 514-426, but couldn’t come up with the big defensive play in overtime to secure the win. An Andre Szmyt 38-yard field goal put Syracuse up 37-34, but Sam Hartman connected with A.T. Perry for a 22-yard touchdown to give Wake Forest the victory.
Syracuse improved to 5-1 against the spread this season, including wins in its last four contests. The Orange were underdogs for the second straight week but were able to stay within the spread.
Betting on the Game
A 14-point spread seems pretty big on the road for Clemson. As stated earlier, the Tigers are winless against the spread and they’re taking on a team that just took an undefeated team to overtime. Throw in the fact that Syracuse will milk the clock with its running game, making for fewer possessions, and it’s hard to see the Tigers putting up a lot of points to be able to cover this number.
Syracuse is going to be looking for a little revenge — as most of Clemson’s opponents are — for all of the ugly losses they’ve taken against the Tigers in the past. The Orange may not win straight up, but they’ll keep this one close.
As usual, a large point spread means a moneyline most want to stay away from. If you’re making your college football picks with Syracuse winning straight up on your mind, then by all means, bet the Orange on the moneyline and reap the rewards if they do win. But most would rather take the points.
Clemson has been unable to cover, so maybe you prefer to take the Tigers without giving any points, but the reward isn’t giving you a lot of bang for your buck.
The oddsmakers don’t foresee a lot of scoring in this one and neither do we. Neither team has been particularly potent offensively and that should continue in this one. Having a bye week may have helped the Tigers get a little healthier, but the Orange will give them a run for their money.