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Auburn at Clemson - 9/9/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Auburn Tigers (1-0) at Clemson Tigers (1-0)

College Football: Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Memorial Stadium-Clemson)

The Line: Clemson Tigers -5 -- Over/Under: 53.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Auburn Tigers and Clemson Tigers meet Saturday in college football action at Memorial Stadium.

The Auburn Tigers look for a statement win after beating Georgia Southern, 41-7, in their season opener. The Auburn Tigers have split their last four road games. Jarrett Stidham is completing 58.3 percent of his passes for 185 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Stidham has 14 career touchdowns on 133 career pass attempts. Will Hastings and Darius Slayton have combined for 111 receiving yards and one touchdown while Ryan Davis has two receptions. The Auburn Tigers ground game is averaging 351 yards per contest, and Kam Martin leads the way with 136 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Auburn is allowing seven points and 78 yards per game. Tre' Williams leads the Auburn Tigers with 10 tackles, Marlon Davidson has two sacks and Daniel Thomas has one interception. 

Auburn at Clemson - 9/9/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Clemson Tigers also look for a 2-0 start after beating Kent State, 56-3, in their season opener. The Clemson Tigers have won five of their last six home games. Kelly Bryant is completing 72.7 percent of his passes for 236 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Bryant and Zerrick Cooper have combined for two touchdowns this season. Deon Cain and Milan Richard have combined for 140 receiving yards and one touchdown while Ray-Ray McCloud has three receptions. The Clemson Tigers ground game is averaging 353 yards per contest, and Travis Etienne leads the way with 81 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Clemson is allowing three points and 120 yards per game. Tanner Muse leads the Clemson Tigers with six tackles, Sterling Johnson has one tackle for loss and Ryan Carter has one pass deflection.

The Tigers are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games and 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 games overall. The Tigers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

Both of these teams will be in the thick of things until the very end, as there's oodles of talent on both sides, and this is probably the biggest game of the weekend. You can make a case for both sides, but I give the edge to the Clemson Tigers because they're at home and I trust them more defensively. I have doubts that Auburn can go into Clemson during a night game and score enough to keep it within this number, and if you're taking these points, you're basically saying Auburn has a real shot to win outright. I'm just not there yet with Auburn. Give me Clemson and the reasonable points.

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