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Welcome to the ACC: Syracuse has a tough entry into new league, as No. 3 Clemson hits town

  • Clemson running back C.J. Davidson (32) celebrates his touchdown with teammate Kalon Davis (67) during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Wake Forest, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in Clemson, S.C. Clemson won 56-7. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

    Clemson running back C.J. Davidson (32) celebrates his touchdown with teammate Kalon Davis (67) during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Wake Forest, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in Clemson, S.C. Clemson won 56-7. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)  (The Associated Press)

  • Clemson wide receiver Germone Hopper (5) is hit by Wake Forest cornerback Kevin Johnson (9) during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in Clemson, S.C. Clemson won 56-7. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

    Clemson wide receiver Germone Hopper (5) is hit by Wake Forest cornerback Kevin Johnson (9) during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in Clemson, S.C. Clemson won 56-7. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)  (The Associated Press)

  • 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)

Third-ranked Clemson (4-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) visits Syracuse on Saturday.

Syracuse (2-2) will be making its ACC debut under rookie coach Scott Shafer, and the Orange expect to excel.

The home team is coming off a bye week, and is 2-0 at home this season, — winning the last two games convincingly: 54-0 over FCS foe Wagner, and 52-17 two weeks ago over Tulane.

Syracuse is almost a two-touchdown underdog, even in the friendly confines of the Carrier Dome. The Orange have won six straight at home since a 42-41 loss to Northwestern in the 2012 season opener, with their average margin of victory at 25 points.