The defending champs will be on the road for the first time this season and it will be against a team that almost handed them their only loss last season. Clemson will visit Syracuse for a Saturday night showdown. Last season when Syracuse visited Clemsonthe Orange had a lead at the half. Trevor Lawrence was with 93 yards and was forced to leave the game due to injury.
The Tigers are loaded with firepower and talent at the skill positions, feature one of the top quarterbacks in the nation and return four starters on a standout offensive line.
Lawrence also got extra help at receiver last week. Etienne has rushed for yards and three scores over 28 attempts this season and has also worked to become a better receiver out of the backfield.
So how can Syracuse defend Clemson and get stops on Saturday night? Any success by the Orange must start up front. Ends Alton Robinson and Kendall Coleman combined for 20 sacks last fall and were part of a pass rush that recorded four against the Tigers last season.
The Orange rank fourth in the ACC in pass efficiency defense and did not allow a completion longer than 28 yards to Clemson last fall. In addition to generating a pass rush, Syracuse has to be willing to trade yards for stops on third down and inside of the red zone.
Also, limiting the big plays and missed tackles are a must. The departure of Dungey and a couple of starters up front has created a transition period on this side of the ball.
Syracuse averaged New quarterback Tommy DeVito was a big-time pickup on the recruiting trail for Syracuse and has shown promise in limited action.
However, much like the entire offense, DeVito's play has been a little uneven to start The sophomore has completed 45 of 74 throws for yards and three scores to three picks. After completing only Will the offensive line step up and play well enough to beat Clemson? Through two games, the Orange have already allowed six sacks.
Additionally, rushers are averaging only 3. Concerns in the trenches are never ideal with Clemson up next on the schedule. Clemson has already recorded six sacks and is holding opposing offenses to 2.
Additionally, linebacker Isaiah Simmons is one of the most versatile defenders in college football, and cornerback A.
Terrell is likely to be a candidate for All-America honors at the end of However, none of that matters if the Orange struggle up front. Or will the Tigers simply win the battle all night and not allow a clean pocket for DeVito? Final Analysis Throughout the offseason, this matchup was predicted to be one of the toughest and potentially an upset possibility for Clemson.
Two weeks into the season, the storylines for this game have changed a bit. Syracuse had a sluggish debut against Liberty and was dominated by Maryland in Week 2.
While the Tigers have had trouble with Syracuse in each of the last two years, this season is likely to be different. Clemson has too much firepower on offense, and a shaky offensive line for the Orange will be difficult to overcome.
Prediction: Clemson 41, Syracuse 24 Event Sport:.