Live from Syracuse: C.J. Spiller on hand to catch Clemson in person

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Sooooo much orange.

There is definitely a buzz in the air around Syracuse tailgates, but plenty of Clemson fans can be found outside the doors of the Carrier Dome.

Clemson and Syracuse players are each on the turf stretching and getting warm for today’s tilt at 3:30 p.m., televised by ABC throughout the state of South Carolina as well as the southeast and northeast (and ESPN2 in most other markets.)

Kind of a unique factoid about the Carrier Dome: the roof is quite literally a giant white tarp, with no hard surface hovering over the playing field and metal bleachers.

When we entered the arena, attendants actually only allowed a few people walking inside at a time, which helps keep the air pressure at an appropriate amount to keep the bubble higher than the concrete walls.

Because it’s been rainy and temperature the last couple of days in upstate New York, it’s not particularly warm inside the Carrier Dome at the moment. But we’ll see what happens when 40,000-plus fill the fold closer to kickoff.

It was confirmed that C.J. Spiller, who scored a touchdown in the Buffalo Bills’ loss Thursday night in Cleveland, is on the sidelines to watch his college team take on the Orange.

Stick with the rest of the day for full coverage from the Dome, including a quick halftime chat and full postgame reaction from the Tigers.

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