ACC football picks: #12 Texas A&M at #1 Clemson & 4 more
This manner of thinking is typically what causes a program to find itself with inflated spreads. That air of invincibility can turn what should be a 14-point favorite into a 16-point favorite and create value on the underdog. In a matchup like this, against a team like Texas A&M, I believe this is the case.
Texas A&M is a team on the rise. After committing millions to facilities, the administration committed millions to national championship winning coach, Jimbo Fisher. In his first full recruiting season, Fisher brought in the No. 4 recruiting class in the nation, while Clemson had the 10th-ranked class last year. Texas A&M had the 17th-ranked class the year prior to that and the 13th-ranked class prior to that, so Fisher didn’t inherit a bare cupboard. And while Clemson has done a remarkable job developing talent, some of their top-end players from the last few years have already made their way to the NFL.
The Clemson offense is stacked with great players and as good as any in the country, but last week’s exhibition against Georgia Tech did nothing to prove the new defense’s merit. Texas A&M is a far more dangerous offense, with greater talent and schemes, and I’m betting Fisher and quarterback Kellen Mond will come into this matchup feeling like they can win the game outright.
Pick: Texas A&M +16
Pick: Florida State -22
Pick: Maryland -1.5
Pick: Ohio +4
Pick: Miami -4.5
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