Clemson upset? The Tigers try to stay undefeated and in the driver’s seat for a College Football Playoff spot against a Syracuse team coming off of back-to-back wins.
Prediction: Clemson 38, Syracuse 13
Clemson has been playing with fire all season. They are 8-0 and still right on track for a College Football Playoff berth, but they have already nearly lost five games this season, with two of those near losses coming at home against major underdogs in Troy and NC State.
A Clemson upset against an underdog opponent at home is again a possibility this week as they play host to 4-4 Syracuse. Syracuse is coming off two-straight wins, including an upset of ranked Virginia Tech, and have given Clemson tough games the past two seasons.
While we do think there is a chance for a Clemson loss which could derail their season, we won’t go as far as to make that prediction in our Clemson prediction. We still think Clemson wins over Syracuse comfortably, but we also don’t want to completely throw out the potential of a Clemson upset by Syracuse.
We think Clemson simply has too much talent and experience to keep nearly losing to over-matched opponents at home and we think this could be the week they put it all back together and get a lopsided win. We expect Clemson to pull away early, put to bed any chance of a Clemson upset, and win by around the 25-margin we gave in our Clemson prediction.
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