Clemson vs. Florida St. Prediction
Who will emerge the winner when No. 3 Clemson and No. 12 Florida State collide tonight at 8PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Clemson is favored on the road in this game, as the Tigers are getting odds of -4.5 points against the Seminoles. The over/under total for the game is listed at 60 points. Florida State has won three of the last four meetings with Clemson, but the Tigers are 5-2 against the spread in the last seven meetings.
Clemson is coming a bye week, but the Tigers last played N.C. State back on Oct. 15. The Tigers got a scare at home, but still managed a 24-17 OT win over N.C. State to move to 7-0 on the season and 4-0 in the ACC. The Tigers are now 4-3 against the spread this season. Clemson’s offensive numbers are down compared to 2015, but the Tigers are still averaging 36.6 points and 474.3 yards per game. Deshaun Watson has thrown for 1,950 yards and 20 touchdowns this season while also running for 279 yards. Mike Williams is the leading receiver with 578 yards on 39 receptions. The Clemson defense has been very impressive in 2016, as the Tigers are holding opponents to just 15.3 points and 298.6 yards per game. They are giving up just 166.1 passing yards per contest.
Florida State also is coming off a bye week as well. The Seminoles defeated Wake Forest 17-6 back on Oct. 15 to improve to 5-2 on the year and 2-2 in the ACC. FSU is now 3-3 against the spread in its six lined games, but just 1-3 ATS at home. FSU has an offense that is putting up 34.9 points and 484.7 yards per game, but the defense is allowing 28.9 points and 388.6 yards per game. The offense is led by a star back in Dalvin Cook, who has rushed for 900 yards and seven touchdowns. Deondre Francois has thrown for 1,876 yards and 10 touchdowns in his first season as the starting QB.
Florida State could play up in this game, but Clemson tends to rise to the occasion when facing a ranked opponent. The Tigers found a way to get past Louisville earlier this season and their defense is legit. I expect them to give FSU and Cook plenty of problems. While the Clemson offense hasn’t been quite as powerful in 2016, it still has the talent to move the ball on an average FSU defense. Look for the Tigers to pick up a comfortable win tonight.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 9 PREDICTION: CLEMSON -4.5