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Opposing sideline: Syracuse confident they will win over No. 3 Clemson


  by - Staff Writer - Wednesday, October 2, 2013 11:30 AM
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To say that the Syracuse football team isn’t intimated by third-ranked Clemson would be a gross understatement.

The Orange will play their inaugural ACC game against Clemson Saturday afternoon in the Carrier Dome, and Syracuse fully expects to come away victorious.

Just ask sophomore quarterback Terel Hunt.

Hunt – a two-time starter for Syracuse – told the media Tuesday that hearing all of the praises for Clemson will make beating the Tigers that much sweeter.

“We have a great, big chip on our shoulder because everybody classes us as an underdog and automatically has us losing,” Hunt said. “Things happen for a reason. We’re going to go in there and Coach told us that we are going to praise them because it will make it that much better when we beat them.”

Hunt has seen the Tigers play on television and said that they look like an elite team, but when he breaks them down on film he said that the Tigers have their faults.

“On TV, when you see them on ESPN, they look like a great team, but when you watch them on film, the film never lies,” Hunt said. “We see their faults that they have on defense. I can’t speak for their offense. On defense you see a lot of faults that they have – misreads. If you keep it quick, you will be able to beat them.”

The un-air-conditioned Carrier Dome will be a first for Clemson and Hunt said that - combined with a raucous crowd - will be enough to derail the Tigers.

“It’s our fans. It’s sad to say that this will be an upset because we don’t ever make ourselves the underdog,” Hunt said. “It gives us a great advantage. I think it’s the whole dome and the atmosphere and our love of the game and drive. Having that 12th man means a lot. They are underestimating us and they are vulnerable. It gives us a great advantage. They aren’t ready for the dome – the heat in the dome. They will get tired. The fans and screaming on third down and the keys jingling - they aren’t used to that.”

First year Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer said over the summer that Syracuse has been known to “beat the hell” out of highly ranked opponents in the Carrier Dome.

"West Virginia came in here a year ago,” Shafer said over the summer. “They were talking. We locked them in the dome and beat the hell out of them. Louisville this year when we played the unstoppable team and (we) didn't have a chance in hell to play against that team and our kids got after it and the crowd was rumbling in that Dome."

Offensive lineman Macky MacPherson

On Clemson stopping Syracuse’s offense

“It’s similar to last year. We have a very condensed game plan. Here are our plays, and if they stop us then good for them, but good luck stopping us.”

On playing the No. 3 team in the country

“Like Coach Hicks and Coach Schaf have been telling us for the whole week now– it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to have the No. 3 team in the country come to your place for your first conference game in a new conference. I think it’s the chance of a lifetime. We’re all excited about it.”

On Vic BeasleyVic Beasley
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and Clemson’s defense

“I have the utmost faith in Sean Hickey [going against Vic Beasley]. I know he will do a good job. Another guy that pops out is No. 50 [Grady JarrettGrady Jarrett
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]. He’s a really good player. He plays with good pads. He’s quick. He’s strong. He’s the kind of guy you don’t like going against. You have to play your “A” game and practice with your “A” when you’re going against a guy like him.”

Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer

On preparing for Clemson

"I haven't changed, and our staff hasn't changed," Shafer said on his teleconference Tuesday. "We've gone to work and gone about our business the same way we would any other week. And we've continued to preach and practice working on those targeted areas that we need to do a good job winning small battles throughout the course of any game."

"I don't think you treat it different than any other game," Shafer said. "I haven't anywhere (I've been), and I haven't here. I think the kids will be fired up and the fans will be fired up. Really focusing in on controlling the controllables in an environment where it would be easy to get overly excited and outside the framework of who you are as a player."

On Clemson quarterback Tajh BoydTajh Boyd
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"I think it would be disrespectful to any of the other great quarterbacks I've coached against (to say who is the best)," Shafer said. "I've coached against a ton of them. I would be hard-pressed to pick one of them. But I will say this: He's a great one. It wouldn't surprise me if he ended up winning the Heisman Trophy.

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TigerNet News®
wow and all the Syracuse fans trying to say that our team
CU_Kobe_24®
Re: wow and all the Syracuse fans trying to say that our team
Dugatiger®
He idiot - YOURE 2 and 2, blown out by NW
PioneerG
Re: He idiot - YOURE 2 and 2, blown out by NW
PetesPonies
Re: He idiot - YOURE 2 and 2, blown out by NW
Dugatiger®
Re: He idiot - YOURE 2 and 2, blown out by NW
Dugatiger®
Clemson team to Syracuse: Message Received
AThomas®
Re: Clemson team to Syracuse: Message Received
ash4trek
OH MY GOD, PLEASE DON'T JINGLE THE KEYS!***
Keyser Soze
VT wants their annoying tradition back***
xtiger
Re: OH MY GOD, PLEASE DON'T JINGLE THE KEYS!***
Tigerman1978
HA I was thinking the same thing...
stealthb08
Re: HA I was thinking the same thing...
stealthb08
I thought artificial noise was illegal...only in the SEC?***
ClemfanWV
They sure are acting cocky!!
AllTimeClemson
Can a 50K-seat venue be a 12th man?
acevans
Re: Can a 50K-seat venue be a 12th man?
tigers23
Re: Can a 50K-seat venue be a 12th man?
allorangeallthetime52®
Re: Can a 50K-seat venue be a 12th man?
tmac9wr
Re: Can a 50K-seat venue be a 12th man?
Mmartin9095
Your comments are an embarrassment to the Clemson coummunity
bnugent142001
Re: Can a 50K-seat venue be a 12th man?
kodibuddy
Re: Can a 50K-seat venue be a 12th man?
allorangeallthetime52®
What's hummity?***
Anonymous08®
Re: Can a 50K-seat venue be a 12th man?
BKendall36
Re: Can a 50K-seat venue be a 12th man?
jerseytiger1980
Re: Front Page Story: Opposing sideline: Syracuse confident they will win over No. 3 Clemson
grover173
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gcs3tigers
Re: Front Page Story: Opposing sideline: Syracuse confident they will win over No. 3 Clemson
allorangeallthetime52®
Yankee bastards.***
tigerdrummer®
Re: Yankee bastards.***
Dugatiger®
Watch it man. You're in mixed company here******
MemphisCat
Ok so they're just yankees.***
tigerdrummer®
The war is over McFly *
72 Fla. Tiger
No, it really isn't... just simmering***
hufferbilly
Re: No, it really isn't... just simmering***
kodibuddy
Might want to keep that on the downlow around Isaiah Battle
MemphisCat
Re: Front Page Story: Opposing sideline: Syracuse confident they will win over No. 3 Clemson
dhtigerchick
Thanks for the bulletin board material for our team
silvavocati
This aggresion will not stand.......
paw prince
This aggresson will not stand.......
paw prince
Re: Front Page Story: Opposing sideline: Syracuse confident they will win over No. 3 Clemson
Colorguy®
They talk mighty big for a team full of nobodies. Hope for
Ridgeland Booster
Re: They talk mighty big for a team full of nobodies. Hope for
allorangeallthetime52®
Re: Front Page Story: Opposing sideline: Syracuse confident they will win over No. 3 Clemson
dhtigerchick
Carrier Dome is a dump from what I hear
ClempsonBoy
Their cockyness shows...
dattiger05
So very true*******
MemphisCat
Really great point...
ClemfanWV
My guess is they plan on snapping the ball
MackDaddy®
I tanslate their comment as quick 5yd pass plays
MemphisCat
Point for the Josey Wales reference.***
SumGuard98®
Re: My guess is they plan on snapping the ball
gibmac
Well, there's really only one flaw in their contention.
ClemsonTiger1988®
Aside from the fact that it's a bunch of delusional rhetoric***
BigCUFan®
DITTO!!!***
hufferbilly
We play in 90 degree heat each year....
Shevlin77
And 80+% humidity.*******
MemphisCat
Who you trying to convince Cuse, us or you?***
Tiger95
My thoughts exactly. He's trying to convince himself.***
BigCUFan®
LOL
CU2013®
Clemson overconfident?
solidorangetigerfan14®
Re: Front Page Story: Opposing sideline: Syracuse confident they will win over No. 3 Clemson
tiger230
As delusional as I expected..
Tigerman1978
Reading this and the following posts really made lunch fun***
hufferbilly
My lunch is'nt ready yet. It's still simmering******
MemphisCat
Re: Front Page Story: Opposing sideline: Syracuse confident they will win over No. 3 Clemson
owensdj
Let me take a break from calling T-Net overconfident to say
Completely Solid Orange®
Re: Let me take a break from calling T-Net overconfident to say
Ridgeland Booster
Little guy with a big mouth
MemphisCat
Re: Let me take a break from calling T-Net overconfident to say
tmac9wr
Re: Front Page Story: Opposing sideline: Syracuse confident they will win over No. 3 Clemson ***
davidhood®
I'm predicting that
kfast600
WV and Louisville were ranked teams/Clemson is an elite team***
Lukerum®
Re: WV and Louisville were ranked teams/Clemson is an elite team***
C Bomb
That was a ranked Clemson team, with Kevin Steel as DC***
Lukerum®
Re: WV and Louisville were ranked teams/Clemson is an elite team***
MemphisCat
Re: WV and Louisville were ranked teams/Clemson is an elite team***
C Bomb
We play outside in the South. I really hope they don't
FootballFan36
50k = 12th man? more like 11.5
TWG
Haha, I love it.
ClemsonPoker489®
Did they have this same confidence when they started 0-2?***
homeslice1479®
It's gotta suck going from artificial turf to natural grass
MemphisCat
Re: It's gotta suck going from artificial turf to natural grass
Clemsonhitter®
Sounds like a bunch of guys that have been playing
ShawnC
Re: Sounds like a bunch of guys that have been playing
cuse44
Tell me more about the Northwestern game***
homeslice1479®
Re: Tell me more about the Northwestern game***
cuse44
We're abt to welcome Cuse to the ACC... With an old fashion
TigerLight
He wants you to tell him how NW's offense destroyed your D.
tiggerz04®
Re: Tell me more about the Northwestern game***
form252ss®
I hope we run up the score now***
jba6ch®
That crowd! Whew, I don't know Tigers...watch out. LOL***
ColaTownTiger
Re: That crowd! Whew, I don't know Tigers...watch out. LOL***
form252ss®
Well, it's not like I expect them to rollover
BentZero
Re: Front Page Story: Opposing sideline: Syracuse confident they will win over No. 3 Clemson
Clemsonhitter®
Wow a hot dome
nothinman72
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ziggy_1118
Re: Front Page Story: Opposing sideline: Syracuse confident they will win over No. 3 Clemson
cuse44
Let me tell you over-confidence = scared to death...
TigerDrewz
**TACKY!
CUtigers2488
I say......
BoSkeetTHS
What would one expect her to say? I just want to stay alive?***
Tickled Orange®
Re: HC bragging about losing to L'ville last year?
CUFOR98
Re: Front Page Story: Opposing sideline: Syracuse confident they will win over No. 3 Clemson
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Re: Front Page Story: Opposing sideline: Syracuse confident they will win over No. 3 Clemson
garrick3270
Forget all the chatter, truth is....
Cedceb
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BKendall36
Re: Front Page Story: Opposing sideline: Syracuse confident they will win over No. 3 Clemson
chud1
I can't speak for their football players, but....
Tim317
If you tell yourself you're the center of the universe
MemphisCat
We'll be ready to introduce you to southern football!
tigerrag100
"He plays with good pads"
clemsondavey
Cute.***
Judge Keller
The one thing I am most impressed with here
jsebe10®
Re: The one thing I am most impressed with here
2StripeTiger®
Re: The one thing I am most impressed with here
form252ss®
@dugatiger
GreenvilleSCtiger
Just my take on the chatter
Hyatt9137
The Cuse is in for a "welcome to the ACC moment"
TigerHawk76®
What a joke!!
tapfer30
This is just fuel!!!
jayflow6
NW burned them with sluggo routes... Sammy
Tim317
Take out the Wagner game, Syracuse has 93rd ranked offense..
Tim317

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