Clemson Tigers at Florida State Seminoles CFB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/20/14
Clemson Tigers (1-1) at Florida State Seminoles (2-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Doak Campbell Stadium)
The Line: Florida State Seminoles -17 -- Over/Under: 60.5 See the Latest Odds
The Clemson Tigers and Florida State Seminoles meet Saturday night at Doak Campbell Stadium.
We still don’t know who the Clemson Tigers actually are since their only real game of the season was an opening week loss to the Georgia Bulldogs. While Cole Stoudt is completing 63.3 percent of his passes, he was horrible in the loss to the Bulldogs. Right now, Clemson seems to be a better running offense with a running back by committee that is averaging 3.8 yards per carry. Wayne Gallman, Adam Choice and D.J. Howard all have over 70 rushing yards and will likely be a big part of the game plan here, as the Tigers are going to want to shorten the game and try to wear down a solid Florida State defense. Artavis Scott has 205 receiving yards on only eight catches and has the ability to be a difference maker with his incredible speed. Defensively, the Clemson Tigers are allowing 251.5 yards per game and have forced two turnovers and five sacks. Stephone Anthony leads Clemson with 12 tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss, while Vic Beasley has two sacks.
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The Florida State Seminoles remain the top team in the country but will be a little shorthanded in the first half after Jameis Winston was suspended for an off the field issue. Sean Maguire will quarterback the Seminoles for the first 30 minutes, a sophomore who has just 26 career passes to his name. Until Winston returns, the Seminoles are likely going to rely heavily on running backs Karlos Williams and Mario Pender, two backs who have helped FSU average 4.8 yards per carry. However, it’s always nice to have a receiver as explosive as Rashad Greene, who is averaging a cool 18.9 yards per catch in his first two games. Defensively, the Florida State Seminoles are allowing 343 yards per game and have forced two turnovers and one sack. Jalen Ramsey leads Florida State with 20 tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss, while Mario Edwards has the team’s only sack.
The Tigers are 12-5 ATS in their last 17 conference games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Seminoles are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 conference games and 12-5 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The home team is 12-4 ATS in their last 16 meetings.
I have no idea how the Winston issue is going to impact this game and if Clemson is capable of jumping on the Noles early. This is a game that'd probably be best to live bet once you get a feel for it. However, for the sake of the article, I'm taking the Clemson Tigers and the points just to be safe.