Free Week 5 Prediction: Cavaliers vs. Tigers Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 5
(1-0) Virginia Cavaliers vs. Clemson Tigers (2-0)
Date: Saturday, October 3rd, 2020
Time: 8:00 pm EST
Venue: Memorial Stadium, Clemson, South Carolina
NCAA Football Spread: Tigers -27.5
NCAA Betting Total: 55.5
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This is a rematch of the ACC Championship Game from a year ago. A similar result, a Clemson blowout, is expected.
The Tigers are looking very much the part of the best team in the nation through a couple of games.
Virginia is very well coached but they are having to replace a lot from last year’s breakthrough squad.
Last year the Cavaliers had a do-everything type at quarterback in Bryce Perkins. It wasn’t enough to get them over the hump against Clemson but it worked well against most other opponents.
UVA’s lone win this season was against Duke, a team few are impressed with. They won by 18 but that is a little deceiving as they were losing heading into the fourth quarter.
Quarterback Brennan Armstrong kept the Blue Devils in the game with two interceptions. He is mobile but not at the level of Perkins, who was often the team’s top rusher the past couple of seasons.
Last week the Cavaliers benefitted from former Clemson quarterback Chase Brice throwing four interceptions. That will not happen this week for sure.
I am a big fan of coach Bronco Mendenhall. When it comes to taking on Clemson he just doesn’t have the horses. Or the difference makers.
The Tigers are 2-0 with wins against Wake Forest and the Citadel. In theory, this one should be more of a challenge. The Tigers host Miami next week so they could be caught looking ahead.
The two games have looked more like scrimmages for Trevor Lawrence and the offense. He has completed more than 80 of his passes this season.
On defense, they gave up zero points to the Citadel and just 13 to Wake. Virginia might be able to do a little better than that.
This is a very big number but Clemson is more than capable of covering. If things go as expected they might be there by half-time and then we will just have to wait out the backdoor.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Over is 8-0 in UVA last 8 games on grass.
- Under is 15-5-1 in UVA last 21 games in October.
- UVA are 12-4 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
- CLEM are 7-2 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
- CLEM are 19-8 ATS in their last 27 games overall.
- Under is 9-4 in CLEM last 13 conference games.
Free Week 5 NCAA Football Pick
Even though they have not been significantly testes I think we know what Clemson is. They usually have one ACC scare per season but I don’t that will be from Virginia this season.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Over 55.5
I like the over more for this one as I think the Tigers give their first teams a few more reps as they prep for Miami next week. Unless this one gets stupid in the first half the Tigers approach this total all on their own.
Virginia also might make a few mistakes and give Clemson some short fields to work with. There will definitely be a couple of three play touchdown drives.
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