CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) This is the time of year Syracuse coach Dino Babers wants his young team to fully embrace, even if it must start at No. 3 Clemson.
The Orange (4-4, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) have won two straight to head into the regular-season's final month with a bit of momentum.
"To be 4-4 at Syracuse University, where the games you remember are the ones in November," Babers said. "We are going into November where the games matter. There is something riding on it."
There's much more at stake for the Tigers (8-0, 5-0), voted No. 2 in the year's first College Football Playoff rankings this week. Clemson is looking to win its 23rd consecutive regular-season game and remain on track to win the ACC Atlantic, gain a spot in the league title game and compete for the national championship.
Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said his players know they have little margin for error down the stretch.
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