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Clemson and Alabama played for the title last year and in three of the last four years. We won’t have a rematch this time around with the Tide knocked out of the playoff picture. The Tigers can hold up their end of the deal by winning their 27th straight game Saturday against the Virginia Cavaliers in the ACC Championship. Clemson is making its fifth straight trip to the conference title game and will be facing a fifth different opponent once it gets there. There has been a lot of talk about Clemson’s level of competition and Dabo Swinney isn’t a fan of the CFP selection committee right now. However, a win over the Cavs has Clemson back in the playoff with the right to defend its title.
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Clemson Tigers -28
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Clemson hasn’t faced the stiffest competition, that’s just the way it is. The Tigers haven’t a faced a team that was ranked in the top-25 of the most recent CFP rankings. And they’ve faced just three Power 5 teams this season that have a winning record. But there’s no denying the Tigers have taken care of their business. Besides, if it was so easy to go undefeated wouldn’t more teams do it?
With an offense that scores over 45 points per game and the nation’s top ranked scoring defense, the Tigers are probably the most well rounded team in college football. There were a few challenging moments this season. Clemson beat a gritty Texas AM squad 24-10 in Week 2 and the biggest scare came at the end of September in a 21-20 decision over North Carolina. Since that close call the Tigers have downright dominated winning each of their last seven games by at least 31 points. The latest was a 38-3 triumph over in-state rival South Carolina with the Tigers covering the 27.5-point closing line, their third straight ATS win to put them at 9-3 ATS this season.
We can talk all day about Trevor Lawrence and the offense. The group averages nearly 542 yards per game and scored at least 38 points in its last seven games. A run of four straight 50-plus point games ended against the Gamecocks, but the Tigers were likely exhausted after running and throwing around opponents all season. Since the UNC game Lawrence has thrown at least three touchdown passes in every outing for a total of 22 and he hasn’t been picked off in 125 attempts over the last five games.
The ACC got the matchup it wanted for the title game with the two best teams ready to slug it out. The Cavaliers ended 15 years of frustration in a winner-take-all battle with rival Virginia Tech last week. Behind 475 total yards and three touchdowns from Bryce Perkins, UVA knocked off the Hokies, 39-30, to win the Coastal Division and improve to 9-3 overall. Virginia was the only division team yet to play in the conference championship game. The teams haven’t played since the 2013 season with Clemson getting a 59-10 victory.
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Ho-hum, just another Clemson rout on the way to its 27th consecutive victory and second straight undefeated regular season. Lawrence threw for 295 yards and three touchdowns on 26 of 36 passing with an additional 66 yards on the ground before taking a seat in the second half. Travis Etienne’s string of 100-yard rushing games ended at six after he compiled just 51 yards on 15 carries. He added a pair of touchdowns though, and the Tigers amassed 211 yards on the ground and 527 total yards in the 38-3 victory. Clemson covered the 27.5 point closing line for its third straight ATS win.
South Carolina came up with a big fourth-and-goal stop on Clemson’s first drive, stopping Etienne for no gain. The defense had Etienne’s back with Derion Kendrick intercepting a pass a few plays later leading to the first score of the game. Lawrence threw the first of his three first-half scoring passes, connecting with Tee Higgins. The pair hooked up a few minutes later on a 65-yard scoring pass and the rout was on.
Parker White accounted for the Cocks’ only point with a 39-yard field goal midway through the second to cut the lead to 14-3, but Lawrence hit Justyn Ross and B.T. Potter drilled a 46-yard field goal as time expired in the half for a 24-3 lead at the break. Clemson allowed just 99 total yards in the first half and 174 yards for the game holding all 12 of its regular season opponents to fewer than 300 total yards.
2019 Clemson Tigers Betting Schedule
||Clemson vs. Georgia Tech
||Thursday, August 29
||Clemson vs. Texas A&M
||Saturday, September 7
||Clemson at Syracuse
||Saturday, September 14
||Clemson vs. Charlotte
||Saturday, September 21
||Clemson at North Carolina
||Saturday, September 28
||Clemson vs. Florida State
||Saturday, October 12
||Clemson at Louisville
||Saturday, October 19
||Clemson vs. Boston College
||Saturday, October 26
||Clemson vs. Wofford
||Saturday, November 2
||Clemson at North Carolina State
||Saturday, November 9
||Clemson vs. Wake Forest
||Saturday, November 16
||Clemson at South Carolina
||Saturday, November 30
Prior to Swinney taking over the program in 2008, Clemson had seven seasons of 10 or more victories since the school began competing on the gridiron in 1902. The Tigers currently have eight straight 10-plus win seasons to their credit, and they’ve reached the College Football Playoff in each of the last four seasons. The Tigers have turned into a juggernaut under Swinney and figure to be in the national championship conversation year in and year out with him at the helm.
An original member of the ACC, Clemson has been a constant threat on the football field. During their tenure in the conference, the Tigers have competed in 36 bowl games, including a run of 14 straight and 19 in the past 20 seasons. Beginning in 1977, the Tigers put together a string of 15 consecutive non-losing seasons and captured their first National Championship with a perfect 12-0 record in 1981. The 80s were a glorious time for Clemson football with the program never having a losing record and ending the decade with four straight 10-2 campaigns.
Clemson spun its wheels after that, never winning more than nine games and placing in the top-20 of the final AP poll just once. Swinney took over midway through the 2008 campaign and by his third full season he reenergized the program. The Tigers have won four straight ACC Championships and are the heavy favorites to grab another conference title in 2019.
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