It doesn’t matter which sport you choose, every team across every major sport has a team that they always seem to struggle against. It is absolutely possible to be the best team in the country yet still find a way to struggle against a team that should be there for the taking. The reality is that some teams and the systems that they employ match up well against others every single time. It reaches a point where the difficult nature of a match-up makes it one that both teams circle on the schedule every single season.
The underdog sees it as their chance to once again make trouble for the favorite, essentially getting in the heads of the opposition before the game even begins. That is what the Syracuse Orange will be looking to do this weekend, as they always seem to give Clemson a rough go of it. Given the start that Syracuse has made to the season, they are going to need something special to trouble the Tigers. Clemson are favored by 28, with the point total for this one set at 62 ½.
Clemson vs Syracuse 2019 College Football Week 3 Odds, Game Info & Pick
- When: Saturday, September 14, 7:30 PM EST
- Where: Carrier Dome, Syracuse
- TV: ABC
- Radio: SiriusXM
- Live Stream: ABC Go
- College Football Week 3 Odds: Clemson -28 (Total 65)
- Partly Cloudy: 13°C/56°F
- Humidity: 85%
- Precipitation: 20%
- Cloud Cover: 30%
- Wind: 8 mph WSW
- Stadium Type: Indoor
Why bet on the Clemson Tigers?
We are 2 weeks into the season and the beat goes on for the defending National Champions. While the Tigers have won both of their games thus far without really breaking too much of a sweat, we have yet to see the best of QB Trevor Lawrence. He has not really struggled per se, but he has looked a little less sharp than we are used to seeing.
Given that the Clemson Tigers have put up a combined 76 points through the opening 2 weeks of the season, we can only wonder how this offense will look once he gets into a groove. He may need to be at his best, as the Tigers lost the last time they were in Syracuse. The Tigers are 6-1 SU in road games where they are favored by 20 points or more, with that lone loss coming to Syracuse.
- Points per Game: 52.00
- Passing Yards: 221.00
- Rushing Yards: 411.00
- Yards per Play: 8.00
- Points per Game: 14.00
- Passing Yards: 137.00
- Rushing Yards: 157.00
- Yards per Play: 4.67
Why bet on the Syracuse Orange?
The season started well enough for the Syracuse Orange, covering the spread in a 24-0 win over Liberty. The real test, though, was always going to come in Week 2, when they had to go on the road to face a dangerous Maryland team. That game ended up being over before it really began, with the Terrapins getting ahead early and never looking back on their way to a dominating 63-20 win.
You now have to wonder how the Orange bounce back with the National Champions coming to town. As bad as that defeat was, let’s not forget that Syracuse are 7-2 SU in their last 9 and winners of their last 6 home games. They are also a healthy 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
- Points per Game: 24.00
- Passing Yards: 176.00
- Rushing Yards: 192.00
- Yards per Play: 4.66
- Points per Game: 0.00
- Passing Yards: 238.00
- Rushing Yards: -4.00
- Yards per Play: 3.08
Clemson vs Syracuse 2019 College Football Week 3 Betting Trends
- Tigers are 14-0 SU in their last 14 games against an opponent in the Atlantic Coast conference
- Tigers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games played in September
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Clemson’s last 8 games played in week 3
- Orange are 6-0 SU in their last 6 games at home
- Orange are 10-5 ATS in their last 15 games when playing as the underdog
- The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Syracuse’s last 12 games played in September
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction for Clemson vs Syracuse
While I do like Clemson to win here, I think the point spread has been a little inflated due to the nature of the Syracuse loss last week. This is the home opener for the Orange, as well as a game against a team they always seem to do well against. I am on Syracuse to cover the spread.
Score: Clemson Tigers 43 – Syracuse Orange 23