SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough smiled a nervous smile. Just the thought of preparing to face Tajh Boyd can have that effect.
At least Bullough has had a bye week to help prepare for Clemson’s star quarterback and the No. 3 Tigers (4-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who visit the Carrier Dome today.
“He challenges everybody,” Bullough said. “He can scramble when it breaks down, but he also can throw the ball real well. It’s just going to be one of those games where we just have to play within the scheme of the defense and make plays.
“Obviously, he’s going to make some plays. The receivers are going to make some plays. We’ve just got to keep going to the next play.”
Syracuse (2-2) will be making its ACC debut under rookie coach Scott Shafer, and the Orange expect to excel.
“We’re just going to keep doing what we’re doing,” said Syracuse quarterback Terrel Hunt, who will make just his second career start. “We’re not going to change up and try to do any trickery. We’re confident. We think we’re able to win.”
Syracuse is 2-0 at the Carrier Dome this season, winning its past two games convincingly, 54-0 over Wagner, and 52-17 two weeks ago over Tulane.
“Coming off two big wins, blowout-type wins, they’ve had an open day, so there’s no doubt they’re going to be very confident,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. “The biggest thing is they play very, very tough at home. We’re going to have to play very well, there’s no question about it. But we look forward to the challenge.”