Teams: Syracuse Orange (3-4) vs. No. 21 Clemson Tigers (5-2)
Day & Time: Saturday, October 25, 7:00 p.m. ET
Field: Memorial Stadium, Clemson, SC
Line: -14.5 Clemson (originally -16.5)
Announcers: Anish Shroff, Kelly Stouffer
Radio: Syracuse IMG Network, WAER 88.3, Sirius 93/XM 193
Clemson Blog: Shakin The Southland
Current Streak: 1, Clemson
First Meeting: The first time these two teams met, the Orange obliterated their Tigers 41-0 in the 1996 Gator Bowl. Donovan McNabb did good things.
Last Meeting: It went about as well as expected. Clemson 49 - Syracuse 14.
Head Coaches: SU: Scott Shafer (2nd Year, 10-10), Clemson: Dabo Swinney (7th Year, 56-25)
Curious Connections: Orange LB coach Clark Lea and Clemson OL coach Robbie Caldwell were both members of the same 2005 Vanderbilt staff. Caldwell also worked with SU Assistant AD for Athletic Performance Will Hicks for 14 years (1986- 99) at NC State. You may remember that Clemson DE Ebenezer Ogundeko was highly-recruited by Syracuse. Alas...
Last Year: Clemson came into the year with a No. 8 ranking and high expectations. They got up to No. 3 before losing to Florida State and ended the regular season with a 10-2 record, earning an Orange Bowl berth. They beat Ohio State and finished with a No. 12 ranking.
Last Game: The Tigers got more than they bargained for from Boston College. Their defense held strong and Clemson got out of Boston with a 17-13 win, their fourth in a row.
"Fear Me, I've Killed Hundreds of Timelords": Artavis Scott (38) and Mike Williams (30) have combined to catch 68 passes, 40.5 percent of the Tigers’ total receptions. Williams is second in the ACC in receiving yards per game (95.9). Oh and then there's Vic Beasley. Let's not talk about Vic Beasley.
If Syracuse Wins: Can we storm an away field? Cause we'll want to do that.
If Syracuse Loses: Depends on the kind of loss, really. This could be moral victory time once again.
Fun Fact: The Tigers are sixth nationally in red-zone defense (.667). Crap.