Clemson vs. The Citadel - 9/19/20 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Clemson vs. The Citadel - 9/19/20 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

The Citadel Bulldogs (0-1) at Clemson Tigers (1-0)

College Football: Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 4:00 pm (Memorial Stadium)

The Line: Clemson Tigers -43.5 -- Over/Under: 57.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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

The Citadel Bulldogs look for a better effort after losing their season opener to South Florida. The Citadel Bulldogs have lost four of their last seven road games. Brandon Rainey is completing 22.2 percent of his passes for 84 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception. Rainey has one or more touchdown passes in five of his last seven games. Ryan McCarthy and Keefe White have combined for 84 receiving yards on four receptions. The Citadel Bulldogs ground game is averaging 200 yards per contest, and Rainey leads the way with 65 yards on 20 carries. Defensively, Citadel is allowing 27 points and 404 yards per game. Willie Eubanks leads The Citadel Bulldogs with 12 tackles, Dewey Greene IV has one sack and Destin Mack has one pass deflection.

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The Clemson Tigers look for a quick 2-0 start to the season after beating up on Wake Forest in their season opener. The Clemson Tigers haven’t lost a home game since November of 2016. Trevor Lawrence is completing 78.6 percent of his passes for 351 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions. Lawrence has two or more touchdown passes in nine of his last 11 games. Amari Rodgers and Braden Galloway have combined for 150 receiving yards on 10 catches while Joseph Ngata has three receptions. The Clemson Tigers ground game is averaging 185 yards per contest, and Travis Etienne leads the way with 102 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Clemson is allowing 13 points and 330 yards per game. Myles Murphy leads the Clemson Tigers with seven tackles, K.J. Henry has one sack and Malcolm Greene has one pass deflection.

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The Clemson Tigers are obviously head and shoulders the better team and could win this game by 100 points if they really wanted to. However, I question the motivation to beat the snot out of an FCS program, especially with no fans in the stands. The Citadel Bulldogs put up a fight last week against USF and is the same team that beat Georgia Tech on the road outright last year in overtime. A Clemson beatdown wouldn't surprise anybody, but I'll still side with the Bulldogs and the points if forced to pick this contest. 

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Randy’s Pick Citadel Bulldogs +43.5

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