SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse coach Scott Shafer gritted his teeth one more time. That big victory he and the Orange are desperate for will have to wait another week.
DeShaun Watson made sure Clemson stayed on track for a shot at the national championship, accumulating 461 total yards and accounting for three touchdowns to help the top-ranked Tigers hold off Syracuse 37-27 on Saturday.
The Orange forced two first-quarter fumbles and intercepted Watson once, but the sophomore made sure the Tigers (10-0, 7-0 Atlantic Coast Conference; No. 1 CFP) prevailed to keep their unblemished record intact.
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CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - Clemson faces perhaps its most difficult challenge now that the top-ranked Tigers have successfully navigated the toughest games out of the way, avoiding missteps on the way to the College Football Playoffs.
The top-ranked Tigers (9-0, 6-0 Atlantic Coast Conference; No. 1 CFP) made a strong statement with their 23-13 victory over Florida State in their much anticipated showdown last Saturday. The victory clinched a berth in the ACC championship game, but between now and the title contest, Clemson faces three opponents where the only statements the Tigers can make to the playoff selection committee are bad.
Clemson plays struggling Syracuse (3-6, 1-4) on Saturday, but even a video game-type blowout victory and the Tigers would have only done what's expected. Lose, and it's likely bye-bye national title hopes.