CBS Sports experts make picks in Clemson-Syracuse matchup
Clemson will host Syracuse in a pivotal ACC Atlantic showdown on Saturday afternoon.
The Tigers are favored by double digits in this game as they look to improve to 7-0 on the season. They’ve won 4 straight meetings against Syracuse and are 8-2 all-time against the Orange.
Meanwhile, Syracuse enters this game with a perfect 6-0 record. This will be Syracuse’s first bowl-eligible season since 2018 when Dino Babers led the Orange to 10 wins.
Here are the picks against the spread (Clemson -14) from CBS Sports’ panel of experts:
- Dennis Dodd: Clemson
- Tom Fornelli: Syracuse
- Chip Patterson: Syracuse
- Barrett Sallee: Clemson
- Shehan Jeyarajah: Syracuse
- David Cobb: Clemson
- Jerry Palm: Clemson
While the analysts are split against the spread, all 7 did pick Clemson to win the game straight up.
Clemson has a big talent advantage in this matchup as the Tigers have routinely brought in top-10 recruiting classes in recent years. If Clemson wins the Atlantic, this will be its 7th appearance in the ACC Championship Game over the past 8 seasons.
Syracuse has taken a big step forward this season thanks to plenty of internal development from players like Garrett Shrader, Sean Tucker, Matthew Bergeron and Garrett Williams. Offensive coordinator Robert Anae has also been a major reason for the turnaround.
Kickoff is at 12:00 p.m. ET on Saturday. The game will be broadcast on ABC.