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SYRACUSE (4 - 0) at CLEMSON (4 - 0)
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Week 5 Saturday, 9/29/2018 12:00 PM
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SYRACUSE - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games4-0+2.63-12-249.529.0523.2(6.2)0.720.07.0386.0(5.8)2.2
Road Games1-0+11-01-055.034.0560.0(6.2)
Last 3 Games3-0+1.62-11-247.727.3511.0(6.2)0.712.77.0307.7(4.6)2.3
Conference Games1-0+1.61-00-130.06.0441.0(5)
SYRACUSE - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)49.529.025.730:3652-278(5.3)19-3258.6%245(7.7)84-523(6.2)(10.6)
Opponents Defensive Avg.42.827.423.228:3739-206(5.3)21-3363.2%260(7.9)72-466(6.5)(10.9)
Offense Road Games55.034.026.033:5362-334(5.4)11-2839.3%226(8.1)90-560(6.2)(10.2)
Defense (All Games)
Opponents Offensive Avg.
Defense Road Games42.07.024.026:0728-242(8.6)19-3652.8%379(10.5)64-621(9.7)(14.8)

CLEMSON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games4-0+21-32-140.722.5504.7(7.4)
Home Games2-000-20-143.024.0563.0(7.6)
Last 3 Games3-0+21-22-138.321.0496.0(7.4)1.718.03.3281.3(4.5)1.3
Grass Games4-0+21-32-140.722.5504.7(7.4)
Conference Games1-0+11-01-049.028.0480.0(7.3)
CLEMSON - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)40.722.522.225:5637-231(6.2)20-3164.2%273(8.9)68-505(7.4)(12.4)
Opponents Defensive Avg.3017.119.526:3833-173(5.2)18-3062.5%230(7.8)63-403(6.4)(13.4)
Offense Home Games43.024.025.026:5141-281(6.9)21-3365.2%281(8.5)74-563(7.6)(13.1)
Defense (All Games)15.22.515.034:0346-103(2.2)8-1650.0%148(9)62-252(4)(16.5)
Opponents Offensive Avg.25.410.220.434:2250-235(4.6)9-1754.6%132(7.7)68-367(5.4)(14.4)
Defense Home Games7.00.010.033:0848-98(2.1)3-938.9%53(5.9)57-151(2.7)(21.6)
Average power rating of opponents played: SYRACUSE 20.8,  CLEMSON 26.8
SYRACUSE - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
8/31/2018@ W MICHIGAN55-42W-4.5W65O62-33411-28-226128-24219-36-3792
9/15/2018FLORIDA ST30-7W3.5W69U57-22218-31-219023-6218-37-1781
9/29/2018@ CLEMSON            
10/6/2018@ PITTSBURGH            
10/20/2018N CAROLINA            
10/27/2018NC STATE            

CLEMSON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/1/2018FURMAN48-7W-51L -36-25422-35-277053-1174-9-462
9/8/2018@ TEXAS A&M28-26W-11.5L50.5O32-11517-27-298032-7123-40-4302
9/15/2018GA SOUTHERN38-7W-32L49.5U46-30921-31-286343-803-9-601
9/22/2018@ GEORGIA TECH49-21W-15.5W55.5O36-24819-30-232256-1463-8-571
10/6/2018@ WAKE FOREST            
10/20/2018NC STATE            
10/27/2018@ FLORIDA ST            
SYRACUSE: The highlight of the 2017 season for Syracuse was a stunning home upset over Clemson, a game the Orange entered as 23-point underdogs. The lowlight was, well, every single game after that: 'Cuse lost all five of them, and each of the last three by at least three touchdowns. Eric Dungey is still around as starting quarterback, but his durability issues have contributed to late-season collapses like last year's. This defense tends to struggle against the pass, and an inexperienced secondary this year doesn't offer much promise for remedying that issue.
CLEMSON: If last year's 12-win season was a reloading year for Dabo Swinney, try and imagine the level of dominance the Tigers could reach in 2018. A defensive line that returns Christian Wilkins, Dexter Lawrence, Clelin Ferrell and Austin Bryant could eventually be remembered as one of the best in college football history. Incumbent QB Kelly Bryant will face pressure from five-star freshman Trevor Lawrence, but the dynamic RB duo of Tavien Feaster and Travis Etienne will provide a solid cushion for either. Clemson has suffered shocking midseason upsets each of the last two seasons (Pittsburgh in 2016, at Syracuse last year), and Swinney's hardest job this season will be keeping his loaded roster focused each and every week.
No. 3 Clemson wary of Syracuse, QB Dungey

Clemson will put its unblemished record and No. 3 ranking on the line Saturday when the Tigers play host to perhaps the Atlantic Coast Conference's most surprising unbeaten team: Syracuse.

"They beat us last year, so they know they can beat us - and we know they can beat us," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said.

Indeed, Syracuse is one of just two Atlantic Coast Conference teams (Pitt being the other in 2016) to defeat Clemson since November of 2014. The-then No. 2-ranked Tigers fell at Syracuse last season 27-24 as quarterback Eric Dungey threw three touchdown passes and the Orange defense held the Tigers to only 113 yards rushing.

"This quarterback is a baller, man," Swinney said. "We did not contain him very well at all last year. It all starts with this quarterback. He'll have a chance to play after Syracuse, for sure."

Dungey ranks among the ACC leaders in both rushing and passing, totaling 279.3 yards per game, and keying a Syracuse offense that is averaging 49.5 points per game, which ranks 10th in the FBS.

Both teams enter Saturday's nationally televised noon game with identical 4-0 overall records and 1-0 ACC starts.

"If you can think of a way to run a screen, they've got it," Swinney said. "We're going to need our depth in this game for sure."

Despite Syracuse's stunning upset of the Tigers at the Carrier Dome last season, the momentum didn't carry over as the teams went in opposite directions. Clemson won six straight games before losing to Alabama in the Sugar Bowl while the Orange closed the season with five consecutive defeats en route to a 4-8 finish.

Swinney insists that revenge isn't a factor this time around.

"A bad memory and a bad taste in my mouth is a motivating factor," Swinney said. "Hey, they won the football game, they outplayed us. When you look back on that last year, bad things happened. How do you respond? We want to win this game not to get revenge, but because it's a division game and we want to be the best version of ourselves that we can be."

Syracuse coach Dino Babers will be taking a team into Clemson's Death Valley for a second time, and he'd rather not recall the first trip to Clemson in his first season at the helm in 2016. The Tigers won going away, 54-0, on their way to the national title.

"We had a lot of difficulties," Babers said. "We couldn't hear. It's going to be extremely loud, but that's how it's supposed to be in a big game when you're going into somebody else's place.

"Clemson's going to be ready to go, and we're not going to have our home crowd with us. They're going to have their home crowd with them. That's a big advantage."

Syracuse also will face one of the nation's top defenses. Led by a defensive front line of All-America candidates Christian Wilkins, Dexter Lawrence, Clelin Ferrell and Austin Bryant, the Tigers rank among the national leaders in total defense, tackles for loss, sacks and rushing defense.

"They're an extremely talented team," Babers said. "Their entire front four is going to get drafted. I've never seen a front four like that before. It's going to take an almost spotless game on our part, but we're looking forward to the chance to go down there and play them."

As if that weren't tall task enough for the Orange, Clemson will give freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence the first start of his career. Lawrence, a 6-foot-6 gunslinger who ranked among the top high school quarterbacks in the country last year, split time with incumbent Kelly Bryant through the first four games, but was named the team's starter for the Syracuse game on Monday.

"He has the elite ability to push the ball down the field," Swinney said. "He's got a bunch of touchdown drives and has just been very, very productive. He deserves this."

Lawrence was named ACC Rookie of the Week for his performance in a victory at Georgia Tech last Saturday that included four touchdown passes to four different receivers.

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