Clemson Tigers College Football Betting
Trevor Lawrence increased his value as the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy and the No. 1 Clemson Tigers kept rolling with a 73-7 drubbing of Georgia Tech, stretching their winning streak against ACC competition to 26 in a row. Lawrence had five touchdown passes and nearly 400 yards in the first half as the Tigers rolled off 66 consecutive points in their largest victory ever in league play. The last conference foe to beat Clemson is up next when the Syracuse Orange pay a visit to Memorial Stadium. Cuse pulled off the 27-24 upset as a huge 23.5-point dog back in 2017 and nearly got another the following season. Clemson realigned the ACC stars last year with a 41-6 triumph. Once again the Tigers are a mammoth favorite to continue their streak hitting the board at -44.5.
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Clemson Tigers -44.5
Syracuse Orange +44.5
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There isn’t much to suggest the Clemson winning streak will come to an end this week. In what could have been a letdown after handling the previously unbeaten Miami Hurricanes, the Tigers were in fine form in their 73-7 demolition of Georgia Tech, covering the 27-point closing line for their second straight ATS win. Clemson opened as a 44.5-point favorite over Syracuse, the fourth time they’ve been favored by at least 27 points. Saturday’s game is scheduled to kickoff at 12 p.m. ET from Clemson’s Memorial Stadium with the ACC Network providing television coverage
Syracuse fell to 1-4 on the year with last week’s 38-21 loss to Liberty. The Flames transitioned to the FBS in 2018 and beat an ACC opponent for the first time in nine tries. All four Syracuse losses have come by at least 11 points with the average margin in those games 16.8 points. On the bright side the Orange did beat Georgia Tech, 37-20, a few weeks ago and they’ve probably had the most success of any ACC team against Clemson in the previous three seasons.
The last time Clemson lost to a conference foe was on October 13, 2017 when Syracuse shocked the college football world with a 27-24 win inside the Carrier Dome. Clemson closed as a 23.5-point favorite. The last meeting at Memorial Stadium was just as tense, though the outcome was different. Starting his first game, Lawrence was sent to the sidelines with a hit to the head leaving backup Chase Brice at the controls. Trailing by 10 in the fourth quarter, Brice engineered a pair of touchdown drives, the last capped by a Travis Etienne run in the final minute as the Tigers avoided a second straight upset loss.
Etienne had 203 rushing yards and three touchdowns in that game and has totaled 347 yards in three matchups. And there’s a good chance he has another big game if he sticks around long enough. Syracuse has a lot of problems on defense and stopping the run is probably the biggest. Two Liberty players ran for over 100 yards last week with the Orange conceding 338 yards on the ground. They’ve given up at least that many in the past two games and rank 72nd nationally allowing nearly 254 yards per game.
And the Orange doesn’t have the horses to stick around in a track meet. Starting quarterback Tommy DeVito is on the shelf with an injury leaving Rex Culpepper as the starter. Against Liberty, Culpepper was 19 of 40 for 211 yards with three touchdowns and an interception. If Syracuse can’t extend drives the chore becomes more difficult. They were 3 of 14 on third down tries last week and are dead last in the ACC converting only 21.6 percent of the time.
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Well that escalated quickly. It was a little sloppy at the beginning, but once the Clemson train started rolling it was lights out for Georgia Tech. Lawrence threw for 404 yards and five touchdowns, taking a seat after one series in the second half, and the Tigers completed the mauling scoring 66 unanswered points en route to a 73-7 triumph, covering the 27-point spread with a program record 35 points in the second quarter.
The sloppiness occurred on the first possession when Etienne fumbled. Following a Tech punt, Lawrence tossed his first scoring pass midway through the opening period. The Jackets responded less than two minutes later tying the game on a 59-yard scoring pass from Jeff Sims. As good as Lawrence was in his half of play, the defense shined throughout forcing three turnovers and limiting Georgia Tech to 204 total yards and 2 of 14 third down conversions.
On the first snap after Tech tied the game, Lawrence hooked up with Amari Rodgers on an 83-yard scoring pass and the rout was on. Lawrence had three more touchdown throws in the second quarter helping the Tigers to a 52-7 bulge at the break. Four different players attempted a pass, 17 players had a reception and 10 Tigers had at least one rushing attempt as Clemson amassed 671 total yards.
2020 Clemson Tigers Schedule
||@ Wake Forest
||vs The Citadel
||@ Georgia Tech
||vs. Boston College
||@ Notre Dame
||@ Florida State
||@ Virginia Tech
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