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No. 14 Syracuse vs. No. 5 Clemson picks and best bets for Week 8 ACC matchup

The No. 14 Orange and the No. 5 Tigers meet in a battle of ACC unbeatens on Friday.

Syracuse Orange quarterback Garrett Shrader prepares to throw a pass in the third quarter against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at JMA Wireless Dome.  Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

We have a battle of unbeatens in the ACC on Saturday as the No. 14 Syracuse Orange head south to face the No. 5 Clemson Tigers at noon ET. The game will take place at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, SC, and will air on ABC.

Syracuse (6-0, 3-0 ACC) stayed undefeated and got bowl eligible last Saturday in a 24-9 victory over NC State. The Orange took advantage of Wolfpack quarterback Devin Leary being out with a season-ending injury and limited their offense to just 255 total yards. Wide receiver Oronde Gadsden II had another big day, catching eight passes for 141 yards and two touchdowns.

Clemson (7-0, 5-0 ACC) went down to Tallahassee, FL, last Saturday night and took out Florida State in a 34-28 victory. The game was more lopsided than the final score indicated with the Seminoles putting two touchdowns on the board in the fourth quarter. Defensive end Myles Murphy stepped up big on defense, recording 3.5 TFLs and two sacks.

Here’s all the data you’ll want, and a pick for the game!

SP+ Rankings

Syracuse: 38th overall, 56th offense, 30th defense
Clemson: 15th overall, 25th offense, 19th defense

Injury update


DB Neil Nunn - Questionable (Undisclosed)


No new injuries to report.


Against The Spread

Syracuse: 5-1 ATS
Clemson: 4-3 ATS


Syracuse: Over 2-4
Clemson: Over 4-3

Current lines at DraftKings Sportsbook

Spread: Clemson -14
Total: 50
Moneyline: Clemson -540, Syracuse +420

Opening line: Clemson -17
Opening total: 51.5


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The Pick

Clemson -14

Syracuse’s turnaround has been a great story in college football this season but give me Clemson to cover here. The Tigers are a well balanced team on both sides of the ball and the talent differential will be too much for the Orange to handle. The only question will be if Clemson plays with its food like it did against FSU last week. Having the home advantage here should keep the team focused enough to drop the hammer.