College Football Picks: Clemson vs Virginia

Jeff Grant

Friday, November 1, 2013 12:24 PM GMT

Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 12:24 PM GMT

The Clemson Tigers have dominated unranked opponents in recent years, as they hit the road for a second consecutive week and take on the Virginia Cavaliers on Saturday. Where have we decided to place our money?

Let’s take a closer look at the college football odds for this ACC matchup at Scott Stadium, with the opening kickoff scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Winning games that it should

Clemson is 7-1 SU and 3-5 ATS through eight games of the season, as it bounced back from its first loss of the season to capture a 40-27 victory over the Maryland Terrapins as 16.5-point road favorites last Saturday.

The Tigers have won 15 consecutive games against unranked teams by a double-digit margin, while they’ve won the statistical battle in six of eight contests in 2013.

Losing streak continues

Virginia has lost five games in a row, including a 35-25 defeat to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets as 10-point home underdogs last Saturday, while going OVER the betting total for a fourth consecutive contest.

The Cavaliers are certainly up against it in this particular spot, considering they’ve lost six of seven meetings when the Tigers are ranked at this venue.

Boyd

College football handicappers may elect to lay the points when looking over the numbers at SBROdds.com, as Tigers quarterback Tajh Boyd should be motivated in trying to finish his career with a 4-0 SU record in his home state of Virginia.

Clemson owns a 37-8-1 SU all-time record in this series, including a 16-5 mark when playing at this stadium.

Youthful roster

The Cavaliers need to win out in hopes of becoming bowl eligible, but I’m not sure the roster can muster enough strength to accomplish that feat, considering it has played the eighth-most true freshmen in the country.

Virginia has only eight seniors on its roster, which ranked tied for the second-fewest in the country with UCF and behind only South Carolina.

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Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers play the Tigers for their college football pick, as the Cavaliers are 0-13-1 ATS in their 14 home losses under fourth-year head coach Mike London—failing to cover the number by an average of 15 points.

NCAAF Pick:  Clemson Tigers -17.5

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