ACC rivals that are very deeply entrenched in the middle of the conference battle will duke it out in Death Valley, as the Clemson Tigers and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets for the third time in the last two seasons.
Georgia Tech has been beaten twice this season, but since the second loss to the NC State Wolfpack, the team has really been on a roll. Things are getting better and better every single weekend. They just barely beat the Wake Forest Demon Deacons on the road, narrowly covered against the Virginia Cavaliers, and then beat the snot out of the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders last week. The offense has scored at least 24 points in all seven games this year. The ‘O’ has averaged 31.9 points per game and 413.1 yards per game, both of which are solid, but not even ranked in the Top 40 in the country. This rushing offense is the top for all BCS conference teams in 2010. QB Josh Nesbitt has run for 649 yards and eight scores, while RB Anthony Allen rushed the ball 99 times for 600 yards and five TDs. As a team, the Ramblin’ Wreck is averaging 328.1 yards per carry. Defensively, there are some big issues for HC Paul Johnson and the crew to work out. The team is giving up 347.3 yards per game and has put forth some lousy efforts against some iffy clubs. Every FBS team not in the Sun Belt faced this year has put at least 20 on the board against this team.
As for the Clemson Tigers, we still aren’t so sure whether this team is so fantastic or mediocre. Wins against the North Texas Mean Green, the Presbyterian Blue Hose, and the Maryland Terrapins without their starting quarterback certainly aren’t anything to write home about. However, those losses against the Auburn Tigers, Miami Hurricanes, and North Carolina Tar Heels aren’t anything to be ashamed of either. The problem for the rest of this year is that there aren’t a lot of potentially comparable teams left on this slate. This might be the most level challenge of the year. QB Kyle Parker has been up and down, but for the most part, it has been more down than up. He only completed 35.0 percent of his passes for 106 yards in last week’s win over the Terps, and he hasn’t completed even 60.0 percent of his passes since Week 2. RB Andre Ellington is really the only help that he has this year on the offense. Ellington rushed for 476 yards in his first seven games this year, and he has eight TDs. The ‘D’ has averaged allowing 357.7 yards per game and is coming off of its best outcome of the year, holding the Terps to just seven points.
The underdog has covered 13 of the last 16 meetings in this series, and the road team has covered nine of the last 13. Last year, G-Tech scored a pair of victories SU and split the ATS proceedings. Clemson hasn’t won a game in this series since 2006. We don’t really believe that this is the time that the Jackets are going to let down, as they are still going to be in competition for the ACC Coastal crown.
College Football Free Pick: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets +5