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No. 3 Clemson a tough test for Syracuse in Orange's long-awaited ACC debut

  • Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney leaves the field after defeating Wake Forest 56-7 in an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in Clemson, S.C. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

    Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney leaves the field after defeating Wake Forest 56-7 in an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in Clemson, S.C. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)  (The Associated Press)

  • Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd (10) throws during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Wake Forest, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in Clemson, S.C. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

    Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd (10) throws during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Wake Forest, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in Clemson, S.C. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)  (The Associated Press)

  • Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd (10) throws as he warms up before an NCAA college football game against Wake Forest, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in Clemson, S.C. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

    Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd (10) throws as he warms up before an NCAA college football game against Wake Forest, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in Clemson, S.C. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)  (The Associated Press)

Syracuse plays its first game in the Atlantic Coast Conference on Saturday, and the opposition doesn't get much tougher — No. 3 Clemson.

The Tigers (4-0, 2-0 ACC) are tied for fifth nationally in turnover margin with a plus-1.8 mark on the strength of five interceptions and four fumble recoveries by its stalwart defense and only two turnovers — two lost fumbles and zero interceptions — by the offense.

The Syracuse defense likes to blitz and has matched Clemson with five picks and four fumble recoveries, but the Orange offense has committed seven turnovers (six interceptions and one lost fumble).

On the plus side for Syracuse (2-2), though, is no turnovers in its last two games — convincing victories over Wagner (54-0) and Tulane (52-17) that have righted a season that started badly.