Orange Shock! Bookies React as Syracuse Stuns Clemson as +1450 Dogs

Syracuse

Zack Jones

Saturday, October 14, 2017 3:30 AM GMT

Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 3:30 AM GMT

The Syracuse Orange shock the Clemson Tigers as massive dogs. How did the odds makers react, and what does this mean for the Tiger's title hopes?

And the Syracuse Orange topple the No. 2 Clemson Tigers as a +1450 dog Friday night under the lights. Clemson had entered the week with the second-best National Championship favorite at odds of +300, but this loss is sure to send them reeling.

Not only is this a massive hit to the Tigers’ Playoff hopes, but it also might have also cost them their quarterback. 

Tigers’ QB Kelly Bryant exited the game late in the first half with a concussion after a massive hit by Syracuse’s DT Chris Slayton left him on the turf. While he is expected to make a full recovery, this injury was just the start of many things that would go wrong for the hopeful Tigers in this prime-time slot. A failed fake punt, followed by a pair of missed field goals, not only cost Clemson points but offered the Syracuse offense a short field to work with.

The offensive attack was not all that sputtered, as defensive penalties allowed the Orange to escape from a failed third and long situation deep in their own territory, and then allowed Dungey to escape once again with back to back 20 yard and 15 yard passes. 

Where did the Money Fall?

Syracuse closed as a +1450 dog at 5Dimes sportsbook, but not even the sharpest of bettor could have projected that the Orange’s Eric Dungey would slay the Tigers’ defense for 278 yards and three touchdowns. 

ESPN’s David Purdue reported that there were a handful of bets placed on the Orange to win straight up, but fortunately for the bookies at William Hill, none were of a significant value.
[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "

.@WilliamHillUS took 16 moneyline bets on Syracuse at +1,300, the largest a $98 wager that paid $1,372.

— David Payne Purdum (@DavidPurdum) October 14, 2017
\n"}[/]
And how did the bookies fare? BetOnline’s Dave Mason reported that action on the game’s spread came in about even. 
[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "

Action on Clemson -24 @ Cuse 50/50. HOWEVER, 80% of cash on Washington St (-16.5) at Cal. Odds> https://t.co/kqGfvGqvg0

— Dave Mason (@DaveMasonBOL) October 13, 2017
\n"}[/]
While Clemson managed to see the game tied in the fourth, a late field goal gave Syracuse the three points it needed to close this one out.

Sports Insights filled us in on just how big this upset was:
[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "

Syracuse's upset was the biggest in the ACC that we've tracked dating back to 2005. Teams closing +1100 or higher had been 0-48 SU.

— Sports Insights (@SportsInsights) October 14, 2017
\n"}[/]
Title Hopes in the Gutter?

The Tigers still have a shot at the playoffs this year, but they will need to solve their QB situation in case Bryant has to sit again. Aside from tonight’s concussion, he was also slowed by a sprained ankle last week in the win over Wake Forest.

Also, Clemson’s kicking game needs some serious work. Alex Spence missed a 35 and 38-yard field goal on the night, and he is now 2 of 6 ever since he filled in for the injured Greg Hegel.

The Tigers are headed into a much-needed bye week, but have a date with the impressive looking NC State Wolfpack in three weeks, followed by a date with the Seminoles of Florida State. 

With an injury prone QB, and a kicking game that is inconsistent at best, this Tigers team could close the door on the playoffs sooner than later. 

Syracuse can't let this get to their heads, as they now head into a date with the 10th ranked Miami Hurricanes. Now let's just wait and see if Dabo can make this bye week count and regroup his squad, as they have a rough road ahead of them.

And no major upset is complete without the twitter treatment...
[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "

#Clemson.  Wow @Weav808 @TheDream_SBTV @DrDanEvilGenius pic.twitter.com/Ob67RMxPq5

— SBTV Nation (@SBTVNation) October 14, 2017
\n"}[/]

comment here