The 22nd-ranked Clemson Tigers hope to redeem themselves against the Florida State Seminoles, who embarrassed them at home last season en route to the BCS Championship game. Early college football predictions for this match project a difficult scenario for the Tigers. The existing college football lines favor the Seminoles by 20-points, a massive margin for a game between ranked opponents. Even worse for Clemson is the game’s location in Tallahassee where the Tigers are 3-11 all-time with its last win coming in 2006.
How To Bet the Tigers @ Seminoles NCAA Football Spread, TV & Game Info
When: Saturday, September 20, 8 PM. ET
Where: Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, Florida
TV Stream: ABCSports
NCAAF Spread: FSU +20
My Expert Clemson @ FSU NCAA Football Betting Matchup Preview
The Seminoles are hoping to continue their undefeated streak, and make it to the National Championship game for the second straight year. Florida State offense has not been as explosive as it was last year, where they went 11-2 ATS, and is currently 0-2 ATS. The fact that they lost some key players from last year on offense and defense has a lot to do with their sluggishness this season, but quarterback Jameis Winston also hasn’t looked as sharp as he did last year.
Clemson also lost some key players to the NFL, standout quarterback Tajh Boyd and wide receiver Sammy Watkins left big shoes to fill, which was evident when Clemson got hammered by Georgia. The Tigers managed to bounce back from their loss to the Bulldogs by defeating South Carolina State 73-7, and are 1-1 ATS.
When both teams met last year at Clemson, the Tigers were ranked #3 in the country, but got manhandled by the Seminoles, losing the game 51-14. The Tigers would like to return the favor against the Seminoles, but they will have a tough time doing so without the players that were drafted in the NFL. They still have a slim chance of upsetting the Seminoles who struggled offensively against a team like Citadel, which they were supposed to defeat easily. If the Tigers can get some pressure on Jameis Winston and force him to make throws under pressure, he might turn the ball over and give them a chance to win the game.
Florida State needs to exploit Clemson’s run defense just like the Georgia Bulldogs did, against Georgia, they allowed the Bulldogs to run for 328 yards, which also helped them to control the clock during the game. If they can run the ball effectively against the Tigers, they shouldn’t have any problems dominating the matchup for the second straight year.
My Insider Betting Match Up Analysis and Pick
The Seminoles are favored to win this game by 20 points, which is a lot of points for a team that is 0-2 against the spread. Clemson seemed to have solved their offensive woes with their convincing victory over South Carolina State, but they were supposed to defeat South Carolina State anyway, so it is hard to tell if they really have their offense back on track.
The 20- point spread seems like a lot, especially against a team like Clemson, who got embarrassed at home last season, and will probably have circled this game on their calendar as soon as the schedules were released. Despite the positivity that surround the Tigers heading to this game, the betting consensus points that the Seminoles are likely to cover the college football spread, and snap out of their offensive slump by putting another beating on the Tigers.