Clemson Tigers (3-0) at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (3-0)
|Date & Time||Thursday September 22, 2016, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets +11 -- Over/Under:
Coming up on Thursday, September 22 from Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta, Week 4 in the college football world kicks off with the Clemson Tigers visiting the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in an ACC battle.
Clemson comes into this one at 3-0 after utterly destroying South Carolina State 59-0 in what ended up being a shortened game. The Tigers came out firing with 45 points in the first half alone, and the coaches on each side agreed to shorten the second half by six minutes. Clemson QB Deshaun Watson got his team going with a 12-of-15 line for 152 yards and three touchdowns. Tavien Feaster was the high man on the ground for the Tigers, bagging 12 carries for 83 yards and a score. Ray-Ray McCloud led the team in receiving with 60 yards and two touchdowns on four grabs. That gives Watson a total of seven passing touchdowns to three interceptions on the year. Wayne Gillman still leads the team in rushing with 46 carries for 197 yards and two scores. Mike Williams has a team-high 15 receptions and 245 yards receiving, but hasn’t found the end zone yet.
Over on the Georgia Tech side, the Jackets are coming off a 38-7 victory over Vanderbilt in Week 3 to improve to 3-0 as well. In Saturday’s game, Georgia Tech showed off their passing game early, opening things up with an 81-yard TD pass from Justin Thomas to Marcus Marshall on the first play of the game. The Yellow Jackets are 12-0-1 against the Commodores since 1941. Thomas would finish with 136 yards and a touchdown on 6-of-13 passing, also leading the team in rushing with 84 yards on 11 carries. Clinton Lynch grabbed two big passes for 87 yards and a touchdown for the Yellow Jackets in the win as well. On the year, Thomas has 335 yards and a touchdown through the air, and a team-high 169 rush yards on 28 carries with a TD on the ground. Ricky Jeune leads Georgia Tech in receiving yards with 102 on six catches, but hasn’t found the end zone yet.
The Tigers are 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a straight-up win, and 8-3 ATS against a team with a winning record. Clemson is also 7-3 ATS in their last 10 September games, and 2-7 ATS in their last nine road games.
As for Georgia Tech, they’re 14-6-1 ATS in their last 21 September games, and 1-4 ATS in their last five Thursday games. The Yellow Jackets are also 2-9-1 ATS in their last 12 games overall, and 7-2 ATS in their last nine games following an ATS win.
The Jackets looked pretty good in Week 3, but their offense remains somewhat one-dimensional, and that will hurt them as they attempt to keep up with the Tigers. I’ll take Clemson to dominate this game and cover easily.