Free Week 9 Prediction: Tigers vs Seminoles Odds
Looking for Clemson Tigers vs. Florida State Seminoles free picks? Week 9 College football betting sees the Tigers taking on the Seminoles on Saturday October 29th at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Florida. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions.
(7-0) Clemson Tigers vs. Florida State Seminoles (5-2)
Date: Saturday, October 29
Time: 8:00 pm EST
Venue: Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, Florida
NCAA Football Spread: Clemson -4.5
NCAA Betting Total: 60
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This is the last real regular season challenge to Clemson’s return to the playoffs.
They are perfect so far and even a loss here might not derail them totally, especially with Ohio State losing last week.
They have not been as consistent as a year ago but this team can dominate.
Florida State is not going to get into the playoffs with a couple of losses but they can throw a wrench into things if they beat Clemson on their home turf.
They are good enough to do it but will have to play a lot better.
Wins over Miami and Wake Forest were not all that impressive.
The Tigers may be undefeated but this has not been as dominating a season as they expected.
At times the offense looks like it could be elite but others less so – they only scored 24 points to in in OT against NC State a couple of weeks ago.
Leading rusher Wayne Gallman is not a sure go in this one as he is recovering from a concussion. They have other options but taking on FSU you want to have your full compliment to take some pressure off of Deshaun Watson.
Especially running, he has not been effective that way this season.
Even though they turned over a lot of guys from last year’s playoff team the defense has been great.
They are giving up just 15ppg – 9th – and are 8th in yards allowed.
The strength of this team is that they have both size and speed up front.
They make it difficult to run and pressure you when you pass. They might not have the household names of a year ago but this is an impressive group.
Florida State Seminoles
It might seem like the Noles are irrelevant this season but they are going to influence the playoffs even though they are very unlikely to play in the game after losing big to Louisville early in the season.
Equally concerning is how they also lost to North Carolina at home. The defense has failed to live up to expectations this season putting a lot of pressure on an offense that is leaning on a kid at QB.
DeAndre Francois had never thrown a collegiate pass before the opener this season.
RB Dalvin Cook has had an and down season (it seems like all the top running backs have).
He was quiet the first three weeks but has found his stride with more than 115 yards in four straight games. Running the ball takes pressure off the defense which is very mortal this season.
They are giving up 28ppg and were torched by Louisville who profiles very similarly to Clemson.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Tigers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games after accumulating more than 280 yards passing in their previous game.
- Over is 6-1 in Tigers last 7 games in October.
- Under is 5-1 in Tigers last 6 games on grass.
- Seminoles are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win.
- Seminoles are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss.
- Seminoles are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games after accumulating more than 280 yards passing in their previous game.
Free Week 9 NCAA Football Prediction
Clemson’s breakthrough last season included a win over Florida State. To reach their goals again this season they aer going to have to do it again. They are favourites on the road.
The last time that happened in this series was in 2013 when favoured FSU crushed Clemson 51-14
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Clemson -4.5
There is no doubt in my mind that Clemson has the better offense and this season it definitely looks like they have the better defense too.
Defense usually travels well which is why I feel pretty good about taking a road favourite in a battle of two strong programs.
Week 9 Free Score Prediction: Clemson 41 – Florida State 24
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