The ACC title and a spot in the Orange Bowl will be up for grabs on Saturday night in Charlotte, where the Clemson Tigers will look to notch their second NCAA football betting victory of the season over the Virginia Tech Hokies.
Head Coach Frank Beamer knows that his team really let one slip away this year. The team had a great close to the season last year after losing two straight games to start the campaign, and it looked like it was in a position where it could really contend for the BCS National Championship this year. Had the team not lost against these Tigers, at home no less, they would be 12-0 and likely playing for a spot in the national title game. Alas, now the best that the team can do in all likelihood is make it to the Orange Bowl for a second straight year. Beamer’s Hokies are always right in the thick of things in the Top 10 in America, and for the most part this year, that hasn’t been an exception. The defense is once again holding teams to a very respectable 15.5 points per game, and it is coming off of its best showing of the season, a shutout on the road of its hated rivals, the Virginia Cavaliers. The offense was also as good as it has been in quite some time under QB Logan Thomas, one of the best dual threat signal callers in the nation.
It was only a few weeks ago that the Tigers were ranked in the Top 10 in the country and were sporting a perfect record. However, since that point, they were beaten by the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, should have lost to the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, and got taken behind the shed by both the NC State Wolfpack and the South Carolina Gamecocks in back to back weeks. Head Coach Dabo Swinney’s team has to really get back to its ways over the course of the first two months of the season, or it is going to get laughed off the field in this one. QB Tajh Boyd and WR Sammy Watkins were both considered Heisman Trophy candidates this year until the wheels fell off of the men in purple and orange, and they both have the potential to put up some huge numbers, even against a defense like this one. The rest concern though, has to be on the other side of the ball. After holding the Hokies to just three points, the team has allowed at least 28 in all of its games, which is why this squad is facing setback after setback.
Virginia Tech Hokies @ Clemson Tigers Trends: The Tigers won the first go around between these teams this year at Lane Stadium 23-3 in a game that the Hokies just never felt like they were in. The Clemson victory snapped a string of five straight SU victories and covers in this series for the Hokies. V-Tech is just 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games overall, while Clemson is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 played in conference.
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