Clemson Tigers vs. Troy Trojans - 9/10/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Troy Trojans (1-0) at Clemson Tigers (1-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 12:30 pm (Memorial Stadium)
The Line: Clemson Tigers -34 -- Over/Under: 61 See the Latest Odds
Headed our way on Saturday, September 10 from Memorial Stadium, we’ve got Week 2 college football action between the Troy Trojans and the Clemson Tigers.
Troy kicked off Week 1 with a rousing 57-17 victory over the Austin Peay Governors, and the Trojans’ 706 yards were the third-most in the country over the opening week of college football. QB Brandon Silvers had a nice and very efficient outing here, going 20-of-27 for 229 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Sawyer Smith also stepped in and completed all seven of his passes for 86 yards and a score of his own. RB Jordan Chunn was the main man on the ground here, posting a nice 161-yard total on the ground after 13 carries, also scoring on a 48-yarder. Ismail Saleem showed off his receiving prowess here, snagging four balls for a team-high 106 yards and a TD.
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As for the Tigers, they got something of a scare against Auburn in Week 1, emerging with a 19-13 nail-biter win. This one came down to a questionable fourth-and-4 call from the Auburn 17, as Clemson coach Dabo Swinney opted to forego the field goal. Things worked out for Clemson in the end, however, thanks to QB Deshaun Watson, who passed for 248 yards. 174 of those yards went to Mike Williams, who was returning from a neck injury in the season opener last season. Wayne Gallman controlled the ground game, rushing 30 times for a respectable 123 yards. Clemson was dominant on paper in the first half here, out-gaining Auburn 233-38 in yardage, but their lead was only 10-3 at halftime.
Troy is 5-1 ATS in their last six road games, and 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 games following an ATS loss. The Trojans are also 4-1 ATS in their last five road games versus a team with a winning home record, and 7-3 ATS against a team with a winning record.
Meanwhile, Clemson is 5-1 ATS versus a team with a winning record, and 6-2 ATS in their last eight games in September. The Tigers are also 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games following an ATS loss, and the over is 5-1 in the Tigers’ last six games following an ATS loss.
Judging by the first week of play, it’s not unreasonable to assume the Trojans could cover here. They’re not going to win, obviously, but the spread is such that picking Troy to cover is pretty enticing.