College Football Pick: Georgia Tech vs. Clemson

Ross Benjamin

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 12:56 PM GMT

The #7 ranked Clemson Tigers host ACC rival Georgia Tech in an ESPN national telecast on Thursday night. Follow all the betting action for this game, here at SBRForum.com!

According to college football betting odds Clemson is a 10.5 point home favorite in the contest. Georgia Tech has won 7 of the last 10 meetings between these two teams.

BCS Hopes Still Alive

Despite a humiliating lopsided loss at home versus #2 Florida St. the Tigers are still clinging to hopes of a BCS Bowl invitation. In order to do so, they must win out, and then keep their fingers crossed. Following this contest they host the Citadel, and then close out the regular season with an extremely tough game at South Carolina. The Tigers have rebounded well following their only loss of the season by winning 40-27 at Maryland, and then crushing Virginia on the road 59-10. Clemson has gone over the total in their last 3-games, and have gone over the total in 4 of their 5 home games this season. The Clemson offense averages 508.2 yards per game which is 11th best in the country. The tandem of senior quarterback Tajh Boyd and sophomore wide receiver Sammy Watkins have been as good as advertised. Boyd has thrown for 20 touchdowns and ran for 7 more.  Watkins has 66 receptions for 982 yards and 7 touchdowns.

Rumbling, Bumbling, and Stumbling

It’s been a roller coaster ride for Georgia Tech so far in 2013. After opening the season with 3 wins in a row, they proceeded to lose their next 3, and then lo and behold they enter this contest on a 3-game win streak. Through it all the Yellow Jackets find themselves in first place in the ACC Coastal Division. Like death and taxes, you can be rest assured what the Yellow Jackets will do on offense under head coach Paul Johnson. It will be run, run, and then more runs. The Tech triple option attack is 5th in the country averaging 311.8 yards rushing per game.

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Final Analysis

Georgia Tech has all the ingredients to give an up tempo offensive minded team like Clemson fits. They run the ball exceptionally well, and are a vastly underrated defensive club.  It wouldn’t shock me at all to see an outright upset in this contest. However, in regards to my college football pick I will take the points as an additional bonus.

NCAAF Pick: Georgia Tech +10.5 over Clemson