The No. 2 Clemson Tigers travel north to take on the Syracuse Orange in a rare Friday night (7 o’clock, ESPN) primetime showdown.
The Tigers will try to extend their school-record 12-game winning streak on opponent’s fields, while the Orange will try to notch their second victory over a reigning national champion (their first since 1987 in which they defeated Penn State 48-21).
Friday night’s game will mark only the sixth meeting between the Tigers and the Orange, with Clemson holding a 4-1 record over Syracuse — winning by double digits in all four of the meetings since the Orange joined the league in 2013.
Who to watch when Clemson has the ball
Kelly Bryant (QB): Kelly Bryant is the first Clemson quarterback to start 6-0 since the 2011 season, when Tajh Boyd started the season 8-0.
Bryant has been the leader of the offense this season, averaging 277 yards of total offense and ranking 18th in completion percentage, 19th in rushing touchdowns and 34th in total offense. However, this week will be a new test as he will attempt to play a week after suffering an ankle injury against Wake Forest.
Offensive line: The Tigers’ offensive line will face arguably its biggest test of the season this week.
The Tigers’ line will be tasked with keeping Syracuse defenders from getting to quarterback Kelly Bryant, who will be limited in his ability to use his legs to escape pressure. In order to keep Bryant’s jersey clean, they will have to open up running lanes for the running backs and give Bryant time to throw the ball down the field.
Evan Foster (S, Syracuse): The sophomore safety returned a 24-yard interception for a touchdown against Central Michigan, the Orange’s first defensive touchdown of the 2017 season.
In the past 41 games, the Orange have tallied 10 defensive touchdowns and for the fourth year in a row have recorded a Pick…