Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Clemson Tigers - 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 +8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Coming up on Saturday, December 3 down at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, we’ve got college football’s ACC Championship headed our way between the Clemson Tigers and the Virginia Tech Hokies.
Virginia Tech enters this game ranked No. 19 nationally and holds a 9-3 record on the season. The Hokies’ most recent victory came this past Saturday against Virginia, a 52-10 blowout affair. In that one, Virginia Tech QB Jerod Evans bagged 253 yards on a 16-of-27 line for two touchdowns, while Sam Rogers was the lead rusher with 15 carries for 105 yards.
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So far this season for the Hokies, Evans holds 3045 yards with 26 touchdowns, and also leads the team in rushing with 161 carries for 713 yards and eight more scores. Isaiah Ford is Virginia Tech’s lead receiver this year with 69 catches for 949 yards and seven touchdowns.
Over on the Clemson side, they’re sitting at No. 3 nationally with a sweet 11-1 record on the year. The Tigers just finished up a drubbing of South Carolina this past Saturday, banging the game out 56-7. In that matchup, Clemson QB Deshaun Watson was on fire with a 26-of-32 line for six touchdowns, while Wayne Gallman bagged a nice rushing day with 112 yards and a TD on 19 attempts.
Watson has been great for the Tigers this year, amassing 3626 yards with 34 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Gallman is tops in rushing for Clemson with 179 carries for 943 yards and 14 touchdowns, and Mike Williams is the team’s top receiver on 79 catches for 1114 yards and 10 scores of his own.
Clemson is 5-0 ATS in their last five games in December, and 7-0 ATS in their last seven neutral-site games. Clemson is also 5-2 ATS in their last seven games following an ATS woin, and 1-4 ATS in their last five conference games.
As for Virginia Tech, they’re 1-4 ATS in their last five games following a straight-up win, and 1-4 ATS in their last five neutral-site games. Virginia Tech is also 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games after scoring more than 40 points in their previous game, and 4-11 ATS in the last 15 games following a straight-up win of more than 20 points.
Clemson’s razor-thin loss to Pittsburgh a few weeks back didn’t cramp their style, and they’ve scored 91 points in the two games afterward. The Tigers have put up at least 24 points in every game since Week 1, and Watson is back to being his dynamic self under center. Even with a surging Virginia Tech team on the opposite side, I find it hard to pick against Clemson here. I’ll take the Tigers to cover.