Clemson vs. Virginia Tech - 12/3/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Clemson Tigers (11-1) at Virginia Tech Hokies (9-3)
College Football: Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Camping World Stadium)
The Line: Virginia Tech Hokies +10 -- Over/Under: 58.5 See the Latest Odds
The Clemson Tigers and Virginia Tech Hokies clash Saturday night in the ACC Championship at Camping World Stadium on ABC.
The Clemson Tigers look for their 12th victory of the season to secure a spot in the college football playoff. The Clemson Tigers also look for their 22nd conference title. Deshaun Watson is completing 67.5 percent of his passes for 3,626 yards, 34 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Watson has two or more touchdown passes in 10 of his last 11 games. Mike Williams and Jordan Leggett have combined for 1,702 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns while Deon Cain has 30 receptions. The Clemson Tigers ground game is averaging 172.3 yards per contest, and Wayne Gallman leads the way with 943 yards and 13 touchdowns. Defensively, Clemson is allowing 17 points and 307.9 yards per game. Ben Boulware leads the Clemson Tigers with 95 tackles, Carlos Watkins has 7.5 sacks and Jadar Johnson has five interceptions.
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The Virginia Tech Hokies look for their 10th victory of the season and claim their 11th conference title. The Virginia Tech Hokies have 13 double-digit winning seasons. Jerod Evans is completing 63.8 percent of his passes for 3,045 yards, 26 touchdowns and five interceptions. Evans has two or more touchdown passes in eight of his last 10 games. Isaiah Ford and Cam Phillips have combined for 1,725 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns while Bucky Hodges has 42 receptions. The Virginia Tech Hokies ground game is averaging 191.8 yards per contest, and Evans leads the way with 713 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, Virginia Tech is allowing 21.1 points and 332.2 yards per game. Andrew Motuapuaka leads the Virginia Tech Hokies with 102 tackles, Ken Ekanem has 6.5 sacks and Greg Stroman has three interceptions.
The Tigers are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games and 1-4 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. The Hokies are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win. The underdog is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings and the under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
This is a lot of points to give a Virginia Tech team that's been pretty consistent all season and has a playmaking quarterback who seems to play well in big games. Clemson has also had issues playing to its potential all season and covered just one of its last five ACC games. Virginia Tech also has a fiesty defense that's sure to keep Watson on his toes and possibly create some mistakes. If Virginia Tech can avoid the turnovers, this is a game the Hokies could win outright. However, I'll side with the points just to play it safe.