Orange Clash: No. 3 Tigers welcome Syracuse to ACC

No. 3-ranked Clemson will make its first appearance for a football game in the Carrier Dome this weekend as Syracuse welcomes the Tigers into their home dome and Clemson welcomes the Orange into the ACC.

Syracuse enters with some momentum, courtesy of back-to-back victories. Of course, the wins came against Wagner and Tulane, while the Orange opened the season with losses against Penn State and Northwestern.

The Tigers didn’t waste time ironing out questions about their offense, so those should be put aside after last week’s whitewash of Wake Forest.

Quarterback Tajh Boyd did more to enhance his national reputation, pushing his career total to 102 for the number of touchdowns he has accounted for (either by passing or running). Those numbers are the priority for the Tigers, but because of some of Boyd’s totals the team seems to be on the right track.

Clemson has Boyd, a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate and one of the best players in the country. The defense faces by far its biggest challenge of the season. Clemson is coming off a 56-7 victory over Wake Forest, the second time this season the Tigers have broken the 50-point barrier.

Syracuse has a 1-0 lead in the football series against Clemson. The only previous meeting took place in the 1996 Gator Bowl (at end of the 1995 season) and Syracuse came away with a convincing 41-0 win in Jacksonville. It is the worst loss in Clemson history in a bowl game in terms of scoring margin and the largest victory margin in a bowl game in Syracuse history.

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