Scouting Syracuse: how the Orange wins

Take the ball away, pressure Tajh Boyd and disrupt the offense

Syracuse's Dyshawn Davis, right, celebrates with Jeremi Wilkes after Davis intercepted a Louisville pass late in the fourth quarter last season. Davis is Syracuse's leading returning tackler (69). (AP Photo/Kevin Rivoli)

Syracuse's Dyshawn Davis, right, celebrates with Jeremi Wilkes after Davis intercepted a Louisville pass late in the fourth quarter last season. Davis is Syracuse's leading returning tackler (69). (AP Photo/Kevin Rivoli)

Scouting Syracuse: How The Orange Win

1. Take it away: Clemson enters the game with a significant statistical edge in turnover margin - a product of the Tigers taking care of the football and forcing miscues. Clemson is tied for the national lead in fewest turnovers, with three. To pull off the upset, Syracuse needs to buck the trend by forcing Clemson to cough it up. If the Tigers win the turnover battle, they'll be hard to beat, even on Syracuse's home court.

2. Pressure Tajh Boyd: With two full weeks to prepare, head coach (and former defensive coordinator) Scott Shafer will undoubtedly have some new wrinkles to throw at Tajh Boyd and the Clemson offense. The most sure way to get the Tiger offense out of sync is to put Boyd on the run. Clemson came out of the N.C. State with some protection question marks, and while a patchwork offensive line got the job done against Wake Forest, offensive coordinator Chad Morris still wasn't pleased. The Orange will need to exploit whatever breakdowns afforded them by the Tigers.

3. Keep the football: Syracuse, like Clemson, has been one of the ACC's best so far at converting third-down chances and piling up first downs. The longer Syracuse can keep its offense on the field, the fewer at-bats for Boyd and his crew of explosive playmakers.

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