ACC Showdown Features Clemson Visiting Virginia TechBy David A.
College football features a showdown between ranked teams in Week 5 when the No. 2 ranked Clemson Tigers visit the No. 12 ranked Virginia Tech Hokies. The current line has Clemson favored by 7.5 points with the over/under point total on 51.
Entering this game, Clemson on the season is 4-0 straight up and 3-1 against the spread. On the road, the Tigers are 1-0 SU and ATS. Virginia Tech on the season is 4-0 SU and 3-1 ATS. At home, the Hokies are 2-0 SU and 1-1 ATS.
This will be the biggest test thus far for the defending champion Clemson Tigers as they enter with an 11-game winning streak on the road at stake, in this ACC showdown.
Virginia Tech knows its margin of error is almost nothing version Clemson, who has an explosive offense and suffocating defense. Clemson has already defeated a pair of ranked opponents this season in Auburn and Louisville.
Virginia Tech survived a difficult test in its opener when the Hokies beat West Virginia 31-24, but over the past three weeks coasted easily against inferior opponents.
Clemson has one of the best defenses in the country, ranking No. 3 in total defense and in scoring defense despite an early schedule that has featured challenging opponents.
On offense, quarterback Kelly Bryant has played very well with 873 yards passing and 2 touchdowns, and 268 yards rushing and 7 touchdowns on the ground. Travis Etienne a freshman at running back has 293 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns.
Virginia Tech has been known for its great defense, but its offense has been putting up big numbers this season. Josh Jackson the Hokies starting quarterback has 1,127 yards passing, 11 touchdowns and 1 interception.
Jackson’s favorite target is Cam Phillips a wide out with 34 receptions, 523 yards receiving and 5 touchdowns.
Clemson is 4-0 in its last four games head to head with Virginia Tech.
Clemson under head coach Dabo Swinney is 42-1 and won the past 38 straight when rushing for 200 yards or more.
Clemson is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games played.
Virginia Tech is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games played.
Prediction: Clemson is not the same team it was last season and had a difficult time with Boston College for three quarters. Lean here toward Virginia Tech.