Teams: Syracuse Orange (4-4, 2-2) vs. No. 3 Clemson Tigers (8-0, 5-0)
Day & Time: Saturday, November 5, 2016, 3:30 p.m.
Field: Memorial Stadium, Clemson, South Carolina
Radio: Syracuse IMG Network, WAER 88.3, Sirius 93/XM 193
Clemson Blog: Shakin The Southland
Rivalry: 3-1, Clemson
Current Streak: 3, Clemson
First Meeting: Donovan McNabb went 13-of-23 for 309 yards and 3 touchdowns as the Orangemen routed the Tigers 41-0 in the 1996 Gator Bowl. Marvin Harrison caught seven passes for 173 yards and two TDs in his final college game.
Last Meeting: The Tigers came to the Dome last year as 26-point favorites and escaped with a ten-point victory. Zack Mahoney kept the Orange in it and the running game racked up 242 yards, but missed opportunities doomed SU in their upset attempt.
Head Coaches: SU: Dino Babers (1st Year, 4-4), Clemson: Dabo Swinney (9th Year, 83–27)
Last Year: All Clemson did last year was finish the regular season undefeated and defeat North Carolina to win the ACC Championship. They entered the College Football Playoff as the No. 1 team in the polls and dispatched with Oklahoma 37-17. The ran into mighty Alabama in the Championship Game but stayed with them the whole night, eventually losing 45-40.
Last Game: Deshaun Watson compiled 430 yards of total offense and the No. 3 Tigers held off No. 12 Florida State 37-34 in Tallahassee.
"Fear Me, I've Killed Hundreds of Timelords": So many Tigers could fit this criteria but the most obvious one is still the best one. Quarterback Deshaun Watson enters the game with 2,328 passing yards, 331 rushing yards, and 23 total touchdowns. He’s passed for over 300 yards in four of his last five games and thrown for multiple touchdowns in all but one game so far in 2016.
If Syracuse Wins: We’ll have to do the math but it will go down as one of the biggest upsets in school history, probably on par with the win over No. 1 Nebraska in 1984.
If Syracuse Loses: What, did you think we were gonna win this one?
Fun Fact: Win or lose, we’ll always have this...