Florida State at #2 Clemson, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC If this game were to be played for just one quarter, I’d consider taking the points with Florida State. Unfortunately for the Seminoles and their fans, four quarters will be played Saturday . Florida State's season has been defined by hot starts followed by monumental letdowns, and nothing would surprise me if this game followed suit. Despite Florida State’s disappointing year, the Seminoles still have talent, and since [...]
The ACC Championship Game will take place Saturday night, and it’s safe to assume the straight-up winner. Clemson enters undefeated and 9-3 against the spread. Virginia won an exciting home rivalry matchup and broke a 15-year winless streak against Virginia Tech in Week 14 to clinch their spot in this game. Virginia 9-3 straight-up and 6-5 against the spread.
It’s rivalry week across the ACC, with cross-conference matchups for most of the conference’s teams. One rivalry matchup that is within the conference, however, will decide the Coastal Division and who faces Clemson in the ACC Championship Game.
At one point this year, some followers of the ACC jokingly predicted the Coastal Division would ultimately end up in a seven-way tie, with all teams at 4-4 in conference play. Through 12 weeks there has been some stratification, and we have three teams that have risen up for an opportunity to play against Clemson in the ACC Championship Game. Two of those teams, Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech, will face off Saturday.
In Week 11, Clemson takes on North Carolina State as 32 point favorites. It’s been a theme throughout the season that Clemson lines are almost obscenely high, but they’ve proven fully capable of covering them on the strength of their offense. In order to cover high lines an outstanding ability to score points is necessary. Clemson is third in the country in yards per game and sixth in points per game, and this is with the throttle coming off well before the full four quarters are complete.
While Florida State has been disappointing this season, the Seminoles have still shown more signs of life recently than Syracuse. Look for them to make a late-season push toward a bowl game.
Can Louisville keep it close or even spring a shocking upset, or will Clemson roll for the second straight week?
It’s unlikely defensive coordinator Bud Foster predicted this kind of season for his beloved Virginia Tech Hokies. In his 33th year with the program, Foster undoubtedly hoped for a more positive final campaign. Virginia Tech is 2-2 so far (0-4 against the spread) and enters Week 6 as a significant underdog against Miami.
Clemson finds itself as a massive favorite in conference play again this week when it goes on the road again to take on North Carolina. When evaluating historical norms it seems absurd for a team to so consistently be such a big favorite in-conference, and yet this Clemson team is just different. They are massive favorites to win the ACC and will be double-digit favorites in every game they play this year.
Things are moving along smoothly in Death Valley, and with a remaining schedule that looks quite easy, there aren't any signs the Tigers will slow down. As Clemson enters Week 4 they find themselves 41.5 point favorites against Charlotte.