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College Football Handicapping Analysis: Week 7
(3-2) Clemson Tigers vs. Syracuse Orange (3-3)
Date: Saturday, October 15th, 2021
Time: 7:00 pm EST
Venue: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY
NCAA Football ATS Spread Odds: Tigers -13.5 | Orange +13.5 (Bet Now!)
NCAA Football Moneyline Odds: OFF
NCAA Betting Total Odds: O/U 47.5
The Syracuse Orange welcome the no. 21 Clemson Tigers this Friday for Carrier Dome ACC action. Clinging to a top-25 spot, Clemson handed Boston College its first 2021 loss last weekend, 19-13. Meanwhile, the Orange fell just shy of upsetting no. 19 Wake Forest in a 40-37 overtime thriller.
The major trend here is Clemson’s 0-5 record against the spread. Poor Tigers offense has allowed every opponent to cash this year. Conversely, Syracuse stands 5-1 ATS, while just .500 straight up.
The -13.5 Tigers road spread looks like prime opporunity for another Syracuse win ATS. Let’s evaluate why.
Syracuse football is on an upward swing following last year’s 1-10 swoon. Dino Babers has rallied his troops around stout rushing to remain competitive in losses and impressive in victory. The Orange hold a noted win vs. Liberty while pushing Florida State, Rutgers and Wake Forest into tight battles.
Shawn Tucker and Garrett Shrader pace the Tigers rushing attack which adds 244 yards per game. Tucker’s 791 ground yards, 12 receptions and 11 touchdowns put the freshman on track for all conference honors. Shrader is right behind with 412 yards and eight touchdowns.
Shrader also slots as a serviceable passer offering four touchdowns, two picks and 57 percent completion. That stated, the Orange rely heavily on the run and add just 167 aerial yards per contest.
A few more completions might’ve helped Syracuse in overtime vs. no. 19 Wake Forest. Shrader ran wild for 178 yards, and threw two touchdowns, as the Orange tallied 345 ground yds against undefeated Wake. However, leaky defense spelled defeat for Syracuse; the Orange allowed 330 passing yards to the mid-season ACC leader.
Overall, Syracuse cedes 24 ppg, 194 passing and 114 rushing yards.
Clemson offense might be incapable of exploiting Syracuse defensive flaws, though. The Tigers add just 21 ppg, which ranks among college football’s least offerings. Every major opponent has stalled Clemson scoring efforts as D.J. Uiagalelei simply hasn’t panned out. The once-touted Trevor Lawrence replacement adds three touchdowns and three picks on a mere 5.7 yards per completion.
Along with Will Shipley being injured, Uiagalelei’s lack of poise has overshadowed an excellent defense ranked no. 3 nationally. The only reason Clemson stands just above .500 is a pedigreed point-stopping group allowing 12 ppg. The Tigers also hold opposing rushers to 107 yards per outing, a facet that certainly adds intrigue to this matchup.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Clemson is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Clemson’s last 5 games
- Clemson is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Syracuse
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Clemson’s last 5 games when playing Syracuse
- Syracuse is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games
Free Week 7 NCAA Football Pick
Following massive preseason hype, the Tigers defined what they are: an offensively-challenged group that leans heavily on elite defense. DJ Uiagalelei probably won’t survive much longer under Dabo Swinnney’s leadership. It’s hard to imagine the Tigers suffering mediocrity past this winter.
Even so, a nasty Clemson defense will take the best traits from Syracuse this Friday. But the Syracuse Orange have enough reserve to cover -13.5 without worrying about much return fire.
4* Free Week 7 NCAA Betting Pick: Syracuse Orange +13.5
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