USA TODAY Sports-Rich Barnes

A statistical look at Syracuse vs Clemson

Syracuse vs Clemson, a stastitical preview

Losers of six straight, the Syracuse Orange will host the No. 1 ranked team in the nation on Saturday when the Clemson Tigers come to town. Led by Deshaun Watson and their star-studded defensive front, the Tigers have played undefeated football and are fresh off a win against a tough Florida State squad. Lets take a look at some key numbers between the two teams.


Syracuse has recorded 14 offensive scoring drives that went less than two minutes.


Syracuse has played three games against Clemson, down in the series 2-1.


The last time Syracuse beat Clemson was in 1996.


Syracuse is second in the ACC in terms of red zone offensive proficiency. 

Here are a few other quick facts:

   Syracuse is second in the ACC in fewest penalties.

   The Orange rank seventh in the ACC in tackles for loss.

   Freshman Eric Dungey holds Syracuses record for passing yards in a freshman season.

   Dungey currently ranks fifth in the nation in points responsible for.

   Brisly Estime ranks sixth in the ACC in all-purpose yards. He also is second on the team in receptions. 

With Clemson coming to town, theres going to be a ton of Orange at this game. Syracuse fans will come out to support the team and look for an upset, but when I look at both of these teams, I truly cant find one thing the Orange are better at doing. I have Watson and the Tigers roaring in this one and leaving the confines of the Carrier Dome with a clean 10-0 record.

Prediction: Clemson 48-21 

Statistical Comparison

Category SU CLEM
Overall Record 3-6 9-0
ACC Record 1-4 6-0
Home Record 3-2 6-0
Road Record 0-4 3-0
Rushing Offense 157.9 217.8
Passing Offense 173.7 270.3
Total Offense 331.6 488.1
Points Per Game 27.9 38.7
Rushing Defense 163.8 118.9
Passing Defense 274.2 168.4
Total Defense 438.0 287.3
Points Allowed 30.7 17.1
Interceptions Thrown 8 8
Interceptions Caught 7 11
Fumbles-Lost 12-6 15-6
Fumbles Recovered 9 6
Turnover Margin +2 +3
Penalty Yards Per Game 40.2 46.3
Time of Possession 29:25 31:15
3rd Down % 36.2% 45.6%
Opp. 3rd Down % 39.5% 20.8%
Sacks By 19 26
Sacks Allowed 15 14
Tackles for Loss 61 76
Red Zone Offense 90.3% 90.0%
Red Zone TDs 58.1% 56.7%
Opp. Red Zone Offense 92.1% 76.2%
Opp. Red Zone TDs 57.9% 47.6%

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