Week 1: Terriers vs Tigers Odds
College football betting sees the Wofford Terriers taking on the Clemson Tigers Saturday, Sept. 5 at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, SC. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions.
Wofford (0-0) vs. Clemson (0-0)
Date: Saturday, Sept. 5
Time: 12:30 PM ET
Venue: Memorial Stadium – Clemson, SC
NCAA Football Spread: Clemson -40
NCAA Betting Total: OFF
The Clemson Tigers have opened the 2015 NCAA Football season ranked 12th in both the AP Top 25 and the USA Today Coaches Poll. They’re also 13th on ESPN’s NCAA College Football Power Rankings.
The Wofford Terriers? Not surprisingly, they’re nowhere to be found on any of the three aforementioned lists after going 6-5 last season.
The question for Wofford in this one isn’t whether or not it can come out and pull an upset win against ranked Clemson.
The question is whether or not it can put up a fight and threaten to pull off an ATS victory against the not-so-flattering 40-point spread in the Tigers’ favor.
This program, following a 6-5 season in 2014, is looking to get into the FCS postseason.
They’re going to attempt to do just that with their rushing game leading the way, as they were third in the nation last season with 297 yards per contest in that category out of their wishbone offense.
The problem was finding balance. The team posted just 70 yards per game through the air, which gives the Clemson Tigers a solid idea of how to scheme defensively assuming nothing drastic has changed about Wofford’s overall attack.
Clemson put together a 10-3 record last season, and it did it while outscoring opponents 31-17 on your average outing. The team is coming off a blowout victory in its bowl game, taking down Oklahoma 40-6 in the Russell Athletic Bowl.
Scoring on Wofford won’t be a problem for this Tigers squad, which means honing in on that rushing attack will be the key component of the team’s strategy.
The defensive line is rebuilding a bit this season, which leads room to believe there will be a few hiccups against a potent ground game in Week 1.
But barring a massive collapse, it shouldn’t be problematic enough to result in a home loss against an FCS squad that barely won more than half its games in 2014.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- The over is 5-0 in Wofford’s last 5 road games
- The over is 5-0 in Wofford’s last 5 overall
- The under is 6-0 in Clemson’s last 6 home games
- The under is 7-0 in Clemson’s last 7 games on grass
- Clemson is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games in September
Week 1 NCAA Football Prediction
The Tigers are going to come away with an easy win in this one, but the question is: Can they cover the monstrous 40-point spread they’ve been favored at when it’s all said and done?
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Wofford +40
At this point in the process, we’ll give Wofford’s run game enough credit to pick it at +40 against a defensive line that will be forced to make some adjustments — just don’t get overzealous and pick this squad SU.
This will be a Clemson win; just not by 40 points.
Week 1 Score Prediction: Clemson 48 Wofford 17
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