South Carolina State Bulldogs (0-1) at Clemson Tigers (1-0)
|Date & Time||Saturday September 17, 2016, 12:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Clemson Tigers -- Over/Under:
The South Carolina State Bulldogs and Clemson Tigers meet Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.
The South Carolina State Bulldogs are still looking for their first victory after a slow 0-2 start to the season. Caleb York is completing 43.9 percent of his passes for 271 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. York will have to have the game of his life for the Bulldogs to have a chance here. Lynard Jamison and Kanome McIntosh have combined for 128 receiving yards on 13 catches while Adri Kollock Jr has three receptions. The South Carolina State Bulldogs ground game is averaging 120.5 yards per contest, and York leads the way with 78 yards on 16 carries. Defensively, South Carolina State is allowing 45.5 points and 594.5 yards per game. Darius Leonard leads the Bulldogs with 24 tackles, Gregtavious Newell has 1.5 sacks and Jason Baxter has one interception.
The Clemson Tigers could use a breakout performance after a couple of close calls to start the season. Deshaun Watson is completing 52.9 percent of his passes for 540 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions. Watson has eight touchdown passes in his last three games. Mike Williams and Artavis Scott have combined for 299 receiving yards on 21 catches while Ray-Ray McCloud has nine receptions. The Clemson Tigers ground game is averaging 136.5 yards per contest, and Wayne Gallman leads the way with 157 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Clemson is allowing 18.5 points and 324 yards per game. Van Smith leads the Tigers with 20 tackles, Christian Wilkins has one sack and Jalen Williams has one interception.
There's no line at the time I published this article, but Clemson should win this thing by at least 35 points. You have to get the feeling the Tigers are tired of hearing about these close contests, and they're going to put an end to it right here. South Carolina State struggles on both sides of the ball, as it lost to a below-average UCF team 38-0 and allowed more than 700 yards to Lousiana Tech last week.
Oh, my. Clemson should have a field day in this game.