The Syracuse Orange play their 1st football game as a member of the Athletic Coast Conference this Saturday (10/5).  Uncle Smitty, who has been giving us weekly game preview, seemed to have a tear in his eye talking about the move from Big East Conference to the ACC.  Click to get his Dome Dog Rating on the Game.

'Cuse gets the benefit of playing their ACC opener at the Dome, but as Uncle Smitty gloomily points out, their opponent will nationally ranked Clemson.  The Tigers, 3rd in the polls are making their first trip to The Carrier Dome.  The two teams have just one previous meeting.  Smitty gets a gleam in his eye remembering the 1996 Gator Bowl, where Donovan McNabb led The Orange to 41-0 route of Clemson.

While Syracuse rides a 2 game winning streak into the game, scoring 50+ plus points in both, Uncle Smitty still remembers the turnovers against Penn State and Northwestern.

they can't mistakes like in the first two games, this is not Wagner and Tulane, boys..


Clemson has a Heisman Trophy candidate in quarterback, Tajh Boyd.  While most eyes will be on him, Renaldo Wynn of the ACC's Digital Network says don't lose sight of Terrell Hunt who makes his 2nd straight start at QB for SU.  Watch their take on the matchup below.


Smitty always ranks the toughness of the game on the number of Dome Dogs he nervously eats at the game.  This one comes in at a staggering 5 Dome Dogger.