Meeting the national champions with a hot game under the Orange belt

The Carrier Dome will pulse with the color Orange this evening.

Syracuse will host defending college football national champions Clemson.

The Orange vs. the Tigers, who also call that color their primary jersey go-to.

Orange fans.

As you can see from last Saturday’s game against Pittsburgh:

The Dome was not nearly full, still. The crowds for this season have been in the low 30,000s in a stadium that can go nearly 50,000. Clemson, though, brings many fans with it on the road. So a third of the place will be rocking with Tigers fans.

Syracuse was leading the Panthers when I snapped the shot above on my iPhone 6s. The home team held on to win 27-24, evening its record at 3-3. There are still bowl hopes for this season, if not great expectations to beat the undefeated defending national champs tonight.

Hot one.

I had to turn the phone camera a tad higher, too, to note that the outside temperature was 80 degrees F in the middle of an October afternoon. The Dome holds in the heat. If it’s a hot one tonight, too …

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