Russell Athletic Bowl: Clemson vs. Oklahoma - 12/29/14 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Clemson Tigers (9-3) at Oklahoma Sooners (8-4)
College Football: Monday, December 29, 2014 at 5:30 pm (Florida Citrus Bowl)
The Line: Oklahoma Sooners -4.5 -- Over/Under: 51 See the Latest Odds
The Clemson Tigers and the Oklahoma Sooners face off on Monday in the Russell Athletic Bowl.
The Clemson Tigers finished the season at 9-3 winning eight of their last nine games. The Clemson offense is averaging 30.1 points and 410.1 yards per game and they will be led by QB Cole Stoudt who has completed 62 percent of his passes with six touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Wayne Gallman leads the Tigers in rushing with 714 yards and four touchdowns and Artavis Scott is the top receiver with 68 catches. The Clemson defense allows 17.6 points and 259.6 yards per game with 19 takeaways and 44 sacks. Stephone Anthony has 73 tackles, Robert Smith has 65 tackles, and Vic Beasley has 11 sacks. Clemson will be without the option of QB Deshaun Watson who had 14 touchdown passes with just two interceptions.
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The Oklahoma Sooners are 8-4 this season, which was a major disappointment for the program. The Oklahoma offense is averaging 38.9 points and 480.5 yards per game and they are led by QB Trevor Knight who missed the final three games of the season but completed 58.1 percent of his passes with 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Samaje Perine has been sensational rushing for 1,579 yards and 21 touchdowns and Sterling Shepard has caught 50 passes to lead OU. The Oklahoma defense allows 24.8 points and 382.2 yards per game with 19 takeaways and 28 sacks. D Alexander has 98 tackles, Jordan Evans has 87 tackles, and Eric Striker has 7.5 sacks. Oklahoma took a bad loss to Oklahoma State to end the season in a game they led most of the way.
Clemson is 4-1 against the spread in their last five neutral site games, 1-5 against the spread following a win, and 1-6 against the spread in their last seven games. Oklahoma is 6-1 against the spread in their last seven non-conference games, 24-9 against the spread following a loss, and 2-6 against the spread in their last eight games.
Both of these teams should benefit from the extra prep time but I see the offenses benefitting the most and I like the over in this one.