Electrifying quarterback DeShaun Watson and the fifth-ranked Clemson Tigers will look to remain unbeaten for their fans and cover the college football betting spread when they take on a Miami Hurricanes team that is looking to bring home the bacon for the second straight week. Now, let’s find out who’s going to strike pay dirt!
No. 6 Clemson Tigers at Miami Hurricanes Game Information and Odds
When: Saturday, October 24, 12:00 PM ET
Where: Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida
NCAAF Odds: Clemson -6.5
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Why Bet on the Clemson Tigers (6-0 SU, 3-3 ATS)
Sixth-ranked Clemson rolled all over Boston College, routinely shredding the Eagles’ top-rated defense en route to an emphatic 34-17 win over their longtime ACC rivals. Sophomore quarterback Deshaun Watson completed 27 of 41 passes for a season-high 420 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions while adding another touchdown on the ground. While Clemson remained unbeaten. The Tigers narrowly failed to cover the spread as an 18-point home favorite but posted their school-record 14th consecutive home victory as they get set for Miami.
“They’ve been playing football here for 100-plus years, but there’s never been a group that’s won 14 in a row at home until this team, so that’s pretty special,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. “My hat’s off to the whole team.” Clemson built a 17-10 halftime lead and never looked back, thanks mostly to Watson’s eye-opening performance. “We knew that we had some shots in the first half and just didn’t connect,” said Watson, who is 10-1 as a starter. “I overshot some receivers, but in the second half, we connected and it opened up.”
Defensively, the Tigers held Boston College to 246 yards while harassing Eagles quarterback Jeff Smith into a horrific 7 of 22 passing day. Clemson also forced 10 punts and racked up a whopping eight tackles for loss. The Tigers are ranked 33rd in scoring (35.2 ppg) and a stellar 14th in points allowed (16.7 ppg).
Why Bet on the Miami Hurricanes (4-2 SU, 4-2 ATS)
Miami snapped its two-game losing streak by beating ACC rival Virginia Tech 30-20 as quarterback Brad Kaaya led the Hurricanes on a nine-play, 75-yard drive late to finish off the desperate Hokies one week after losing a heartbreaker against in-state rival Florida State. “We preached we can’t worry about last week,” Kaaya said. “We want to see Florida State again. To do that, we have to handle business.”
Kaaya completed 19 of 30 passes for 296 yards and two touchdowns in the win while Miami’s defense force four turnovers, including two interceptions by cornerback Artie Burns. The Hurricanes are ranked 44th in scoring (33.7 ppg) and a solid 42nd in points allowed (22.7 ppg). “We played great on defense,” end Chad Thomas said. “We were greedy.”
My Expert Game Analysis, Prediction and Pick
66 percent of the betting public likes Clemson and I say that is undoubtedly the right call. Miami’s 39-24 loss isn’t what bothers me most about the Hurricanes. No, what makes me to believe Miami has no chance in this contest is how they lost 34-23 at Cincinnati two weeks ago.
While Miami is heading in the right direction, the reality is that the Hurricanes are likely a year or two away from being really competitive. Clemson, on the other hand, has answered the bell every time this season and overcome their fair share of adversity in squeaking past Notre Dame 24-22 on Oct. 3 and Louisville 20-17 one week earlier.
I know the Tigers are just 1-7 ATS in their last eight conference games and 0-4 ATS in their last four road games, but I like them to put a dent into both of those trends this weekend.
My Pick: Clemson 31 Miami 21