Clemson Tigers (12-0) at North Carolina Tar Heels (11-1)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 5, 2015, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: North Carolina Tar Heels +4.5 -- Over/Under: 67.5
The North Carolina Tar Heels and Clemson Tigers meet Saturday at Bank of America Stadium in the ACC Championship.
The North Carolina Tar Heels look for their first ACC title in their first ever appearance. Marquise Williams is completing 64.6 percent of his passes for 2,605 yards, 18 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Williams has three touchdown passes in his last three games. Mack Hollins and Ryan Switzer have combined for 1,297 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns while Quinshad Davis has 46 receptions. The North Carolina Tar Heels ground game is averaging 229.6 yards per contest, and Elijah Hood leads the way with 1,280 yards and 16 touchdowns. Defensively, North Carolina is allowing 20.8 points and 394.9 yards per game. Donnie Miles leads the Tar Heels with 99 tackles, M.J. Stewart has four interceptions and Mikey Bart has 6.5 sacks.
The Clemson Tigers look for their second ACC title and first since the 2011 season. Deshaun Watson is completing 70.4 percent of his passes for 3,223 yards, 27 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Watson has six touchdown passes in his last three games. Deon Cain and Artavis Scott have combined for 1,279 receiving yards and Charone Peake has 36 receptions. The Clemson Tigers ground game is averaging 214 yards per contest, and Wayne Gallman leads the way with 1,145 yards and nine touchdowns. Defensively, Clemson is allowing 18.8 points and 288.5 yards per game. B.J. Goodson leads the Tigers with 83 tackles, Cordrea Tankersley has four interceptions and Shaq Lawson has 8.5 sacks. Ray-Ray McCloud is questionable with a knee injury.
The Tar Heels are 6-0 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Tigers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The home team is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings.
North Carolina has bounced back well from its opening loss to South Carolina and has an offense that is sure to give Clemson fits. I think this game is closer to a toss-up, which is why I'm siding with the healthy dose of points.