Free Week 9 Prediction: Tigers vs Seminoles Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 9
(7-0) Clemson Tigers vs. Florida State Seminoles (4-3)
Date: Saturday, October 27 2018
Time: 12:00 pm EST
Venue: Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, Florida
NCAA Football Spread: Clemson -17
NCAA Betting Total: 51
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Last week Clemson finally looked like a championship calibre team, dismantling NC State. Now they look to build on that performance by taking down struggling rival Florida State. It might be a game. .
Florida State is still a mysterious team. They have won three of four so perhaps they are ready to start playing well more consistently. They might get back on top but this looks like too big a mountain to climb right now.
The Tigers are 6-0 but last week was the most complete performance they have had all season, beating a previously undefeated NC State team 41-7 – they were up 31-0. It wasn’t a perfect performance but one that makes them look playoff worthy and playoff ready. .
Clemson could not really run the ball last week but Trevor Lawrence is justifying the belief the coaching staff has put in him. He has his best game of the season with more than 300 yards and has only thrown 2 picks all season long. He does not play like a freshman.
NC State Ryan Finley is an NFL prospect and the Tigers made him look lost. They forced a couple of interceptions and were able to control the Wolfpack attack all game long. Against a lesser QB at FSU I am confident this group can keep it up.
Florida State Seminoles
Winning three of four with the fourth a one point loss to rival Miami is a positive indicator. However, this team only has four wins and if you look at their schedule I can see how they might not get the minimum to become bowl eligible.
In looking more specifically at this game I am really worried about their offense. They only score 25ppg and are 101st in yards per contest. The offensive line has been a punchline all season long, limiting a nice group of running backs and quarterbacks who are not terrible.
FSU’s defensive numbers look alright on the surface but when you look closely you can see they are getting torched against the pass. That is not like them at all but it is a distinct possibility this weekend. The pass rush and secondary use to be the strengths of the unit but they are way down in those areas right now.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Under is 6-2 in CLEM last 8 games on grass.
- Under is 8-3-1 in CLEM last 12 conference games.
- Under is 12-5-1 in CLEM last 18 games overall.
- FSU are 2-9-2 ATS in their last 13 conference games.
- FSU are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games on grass.
- FSU are 2-6-2 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
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Big number here but when Clemson is right they can probably dominate anyone not wearing an Alabama uniform. To cover it is basically win each half by 10.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Clemson -17
If the Tigers are truly picking up steam I do not want to be in the way of that freight train. They can cover even if they are pushed a little bit.
I expect FSU to put up a good fight early but eventually Clemson is just too much for them. The gap between these programs is growing not shrinking right now.
Week 9 Free Score Prediction: Clemson 45 – Florida State 16
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