The unranked Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will look to pull off the huge upset when they host the top-ranked Clemson Tigers in a Week 7 ACC clash on Saturday. Now, with Clemson looking to remain unbeaten and Georgia Tech looking to build on its Week 6 win, let’s find out where the best college football betting value lies in this affair, along with their NCAAF odds.
NCAA College Football Predictions – No. 1 Clemson at Georgia Tech
Why Bet On No. 1 Clemson
There are a bunch of good reasons to back the Tigers in this matchup college football bettors. Not only have the Tigers have yet to be beaten this season, but Clemson is coming off an emphatic 42-17 smackdown win over previously No. 7 Miami on Saturday while covering the chalk for the first time this season as a 14-point home favorite. Trevor Lawrence passed for 292 yards with three touchdowns and no picks while running back Travis Etienne rushed 17 times for 149 yards and two scores.
Clemson has won a mind-boggling 25 straight games against their conference rivals and 33 consecutive regular season games overall, which is the longest streak in ACC history.
“Their roster is filled with great players,” Georgia Tech coach Geoff Collins said. “You look at their personnel on both sides of the ball and they’ve got great players all across the roster. We know we’ve got a big challenge.”
Clemson ranks an impressive ninth in scoring (42.3 ppg) while also ranking an identical ninth in points allowed (13.3 ppg). Lawrence has 10 TD passes and no interceptions while completing 72.4 percent of his passes. Etienne, the reigning two-time ACC Player of the Year, has 637 combined yards from scrimmage and five scores.
Why Bet On Georgia Tech
The Yellow Jackets recorded their second win of the season by pounding previously nationally ranked Louisville 46-27 as quarterback Malik Cunningham passed for 229 yards with two touchdowns and no picks while adding 50 rushing yards on 14 carries and another two scores. Now, Georgia Tech will host the nation’s top-ranked team for the first time since playing No. 1 Notre Dame to a 3-3 tie back in 1980.
“We’re excited to play such a big-time opponent,” Collins said. “The margin for error against such great players and coaches is very thin.”
Georgia Tech averages a modest 25.8 points per game (58th) while allowing 31.5 points per contest defensively (49th). Despite their big win last weekend, the Yellow Jackets are 1-7 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a winning record.
No. 1 Clemson (4-0) at Georgia Tech (2-2)
- When: Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020 at 12:00 PM ET
- Where: Bobby Dodd Stadium, Atlanta, GA
- TV: ABC
- Spread: Clemson -27
- Total: 64
Expert Analysis and Prediction
While I’m a little wary of the high, 27-point spread in this matchup, Clemson has gone 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games after scoring more than 40 points in their previous game while also going 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games as a road favorite. While Georgia Tech has gone an impressive 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games after scoring more than 40 points in their previous game, the Yellow Jackets are also an uninspiring 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games as an underdog and 5-14 ATS in their last 19 games overall.
While it’s encouraging for Georgia Tech that the home team in this rivalry has gone 7-2-1 ATS in the last 10 meetings, Clemson is 4-0-1 ATS in the last five and a bankroll-boosting 18-7-1 ATS in its last 26 conference games overall. For me, after seeing how Clemson destroyed a very good Miami team last weekend by 25 points, I like the Tigers to get it done in this one by four touchdowns to narrowly cover the chalk.
Pick: Clemson 42 Georgia Tech 14
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