The Clemson Tigers are looking more and more like a national title-type team. Ranked third in the nation, the Tigers are being led by a talented senior quarterback that has taken this team to four straight wins to begin the season, including one over the Georgia Bulldogs to begin the season.
On the other side of the field, the Syracuse Orange are just 2-2 after starting the season winless against two Big Ten opponents. The Orange bounced back with two blowout wins against lesser opponents and look to be in yet another rebuilding year.
Like I said earlier, the Tigers are led by senior quarterback Tajh Boyd who has built quite the Heisman campaign through four games. He has passed for 994 yards and nine touchdowns while completing 64 percent of his passes. He will need to step his game up even more to prepare for the big-time matchup with Florida State in three weeks. Not allowing the team to overlook the two games before that will be a challenge for the veteran quarterback. Sammy Watkins is back and playing great football much to the dismay of the rest of the ACC. He has 25 catches for 355 yards and two scores this season.
Syracuse has had a bit of a quarterback controversy through five weeks. The 2-2 Orange had started the season with senior quarterback Drew Allen leading the way, but after a mediocre completion percentage with two touchdowns and six interceptions, he has seen his time cut drastically. Sophomore Terrel Hunt seems to be the quarterback of the future with 468 yards and seven touchdowns through the air in two full games and limited time in another. He has yet to throw an interception and has completed over 76 percent of his passes. Oh yeah, and he can run — 91 yards and two scores on the ground.
Defensively, Syracuse has been spotty, allowing 48 points once this year and only being truly tested twice. Clemson has allowed just 346 yards per game, ranking in the top-40 nationally, and just 17.3 points per game.
Clemson will travel to Syracuse to take on the Orange at 3:30 p.m. EST on Saturday, Oct. 5. The game will be broadcasted on ABC and ESPN 2.
PREDICTION: Clemson 41, Syracuse 17