Clemson vs. Georgia Tech

No. 1 Clemson vs. Georgia Tech Saturday Early Bird | 2020 NCAA Expert Analysis

Written by on October 15, 2020

Top-ranked Clemson could be on letdown alert Saturday with an early kickoff at Georgia Tech as the Tigers had a huge game last week against then-No. 7 Miami. Still, college football oddsmakers have Clemson as a huge favorite vs. the Yellow Jackets.

How to Bet Clemson at Georgia Tech NCAA Football Odds & TV Info

  • When: Saturday, noon ET
  • Where: Bobby Dodd Stadium
  • TV: ABC
  • Stream: ESPN app
  • Radio:com
  • Opening NCAAF Lines: Clemson -27 (total 63.5)

Last meeting

The teams met Week 1 last year and Clemson rolled 52-14 behind 205 yards and three TDs rushing from Travis Etienne. He averaged better than 17 yards on his 12 carries. Tech committed four turnovers and gave up more than 500 yards of offense.

Clemson trails the all-time series 51-32-2 and is 14-44-2 on the road. The Tigers are attempting to win their sixth consecutive game against Georgia Tech, dating back to a 43-24 home win in 2015. Clemson attempting to win a third straight road game at Georgia Tech for the first time in series history.

Why Bet on Clemson? | 2020 NCAA Expert Analysis

The Tigers routed No. 7 Miami last Saturday 42-17 to extend the longest home winning streak in school history to 25. Valley since 2010. In addition, the Tigers increased their FBS-record Saturday winning streak to 47. Clemson’s defense kept the Hurricanes offense in check all night, allowing only 210 yards, while the offense piled up 550.

Trevor Lawrence was 29-for41 passing for 292 yards and three touchdowns and Travis Etienne ran for 149 yards and two scores and caught a game-high eight passes for 73 yards.

In the process, he extended his school record for 100-yard rushing games to 19 and became the first non-kicker in ACC history to score 400 points. Defensively, Clemson had five sacks, which marked the 10th straight game the Brent Venables-led unit got to the quarterback multiple times.

Clemson played its 18th game all-time while ranked No. 1 in the AP Poll to move past Pitt and Tennessee for sole possession of the 15th-most since the poll’s inception in 1936. It was Dabo Swinney’s 17th game coached at No. 1, tying him with College Football Hall of Famer Ara Parseghian for 19th all-time. Clemson is 16-2 as the No. 1 team.

In this one, Clemson seeking its 14th consecutive victory in true road games, which would extend its current school record. Clemson, which has scored at least 37 points in each of its first four games, is trying to open a season with five consecutive games of 37 points or more for the first time in school history. Clemson enters the game having won 33 consecutive regular season games, the longest such streak in ACC annals. Clemson’s last regular season loss came in October 2017 at Syracuse

Lawrence, the Heisman favorite who is 29-1 as a starter, will attempt to become the fourth quarterback in school history to win 30 games as a starter. Etienne now has 812 career receiving yards and is 188 more receiving yards away from becoming only the 12th player in FBS history to record 4,000 career rushing yards and 1,000 career receiving yards.

Why Bet on Georgia Tech? | 2020 NCAA Expert Analysis

The Jackets (2-2) thumped Louisville last Friday 49-27. On a rainy night, Louisville running backs lost three fumbles while Georgia Tech did not commit a turnover.Jeff Sims threw a go-ahead 19-yard scoring pass to Jahmyr Gibbs midway through the fourth quarter and Georgia Tech rallied from a two-touchdown deficit. After falling behind 21-7 in the second quarter, Georgia Tech outscored Louisville 39-6 the rest of the way, while outgaining the Cardinals by a 262-182 margin in the second half.

True freshman quarterback Jeff Sims amassed 313 yards of total offense while throwing for a career-high two touchdowns and rushing for one more. Six different players scored for the Jackets, led by freshman running back Jahmyr Gibbs, who ran for one touchdown and caught another while finishing with 121 yards from scrimmage.

With 450 yards of total offense, Georgia Tech has eclipsed the 400-yard plateau in each of its first four games of the season. The Yellow Jackets have surpassed 400 yards of total offense in four-consecutive games for the first time since 2014, have done so in the first four games of the season for the first time since 2011 and have achieved the feat in the first four games of the season when facing all NCAA Division I-A/FBS opponents for the first time since 1999.

Sims has been one of the top true freshmen in the country and has 944 pass yards and five touchdowns in the first four games. He ranks 21st in pass yards among all FBS quarterbacks and also has 251 rush yards with three rushing touchdowns. Sims is the only quarterback in the nation that has passed for at least 240 yards and run for 60 yards or more in three games this season. The feat has been accomplished only 12 times total across NCAA Division I FBS this season and Sims is the only freshman (true or redshirt) that has achieved it even once.

Saturday’s game marks the first time that Georgia Tech will host the nation’s No. 1 team since a 3-3 tie versus No. 1 Notre Dame at Grant Field on Nov. 8, 1980.

Game Trends

  • Under is 5-2-1 in the last 8 meetings in Georgia Tech.
  • Home team is 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 meetings.
  • Tigers are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
  • Tigers are 11-3
  • ATS in their last 14 road games.
  • Yellow Jackets are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games as an underdog.
  • Yellow Jackets are 5-14 ATS in their last 19 games overall.

Expert Prediction

Clemson 41, Georgia Tech 14 
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