(2-0, 0-2 ATS)
(2-0, 1-1 ATS)
This one’s for the Tigers! NCAA football betting action heads to Jordan Hare Stadium on Saturday night for one of the premier duels of the weekend between the Auburn Tigers and the Clemson Tigers.
The visiting Tigers have their work cut out for them in this one, as they haven’t proven to be all that impressive so far in 2010. Yes, Clemson is 2-0, but going 0-2 ATS and not really ever truly putting away either the North Texas Mean Green or the Presbyterian Blue Hose isn’t scoring us any brownie points. We are particularly worried about the struggles of QB Kyle Parker. This was a man that was supposed to really be the savior of this program this year after he chose to eschew an MLB career to come back to Death Valley. Throwing for just 284 yards on a 57.7 completion percentage isn’t going to cut it. Against two subpar (at best) opponents, the Tigers are allowing 370.5 yards per game, ranking them just 76th in the nation. The real problems have come against ground games, where Clemson has allowed 166.5 yards per game. To make matters even worse, this is going to be the first roadie of the year and is the beginning of a rough patch of schedule that includes games against Auburn, Miami, North Carolina, etc… There might not be a non bowl eligible team left on this slate.
Meanwhile, Auburn rebounded from a relatively miserable defensive showing against the Arkansas State Red Wolves by taking down the Mississippi State Bulldogs 17-14 in Starkville last week. It was a strong effort, particularly on the ground for the Tigers’ defense. This unit is now allowing just 80.0 yards per game on the year, which is going to stick even more pressure on Parker to carry the load for a team that is short on talent this year. One man for Auburn that certainly doesn’t have a talent shortage is QB Cameron Newton. It was expected that the former Florida Gators transfer would leave the Tigers in passing. He is completing 60.8 percent of his passes for 322 yards and five scores against just one pick. Newton’s real contributions have come on the ground. He has rushed for a pair of TDs and a team best 241 yards on 33 carries. Watch out for both RB Onterio McCalebb and RB Michael Dyer as well in this one. Both have rushed for 144 yards on the short year on a total of 44 carries.
The one thing that Auburn has going for it in this one is that there is a plethora of talent on the field. There is a reason that the Tigers are ranked in the Top 20 in the country in both polls. This is going to be the toughest test of the year, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t capable of living up to the challenge. Things could go from bad to worse for Clemson in a hurry on Saturday night, especially with everyone in the Deep South screaming for War Eagle.
Selection: Auburn Tigers -7