Free Expert NCAA Football Betting Picks - Week 9 - Clemson vs Florida St

Clemson vs Florida St

Joe Catalano

Friday, October 28, 2016 4:19 PM UTC

Friday, Oct. 28, 2016 4:19 PM UTC

Doak Campbell Stadium in Talahassee, Florida will be rocking when the #12 Florida State Seminoles welcome in quarterback DeShaun Watson and his undefeated #3 Clemson Tigers. Our sports betting expert makes his pick.

According to 5Dimes Sportsbook, Clemson is a 4 point betting favorite and the total for the game is listed at 60 1/2 points. Clemson comes into this game after a near miss as they took down the N.C. State Wolfpack, 24-17 in overtime. While DeShaun Watson and Mike Williams connected on several occasions, the Tigers committed 4 turnovers and turnovers usually come back to kill a team. In this case, the Tigers survived the miscues and will play in a hostile environment against a motivated team in Florida State.

Clemson has experienced playing in big games before. They have a 42-36 win over the Louisville Cardinals to their credit in week 5. The Tigers also beat another AP Top 25 team in the Auburn Tigers in week 1. Point being, this is a team which is battle tested.


DeShaun Watson

In order for teams to be effective, they usually need a good leader and Tigers quarterback DeShaun Watson is the heart and soul of this Clemson team.

He's looking to keep the dream alive in winning a championship and Watson has the talent to achieve the ultimate goal. He's a double threat quarterback that can be an efficient passer and he can also run with the ball. Watson is currently 2nd on the Tigers to Wayne Gallman (489 yards, 5 TD's) with nearly 300 yards rushing and 1 trip into the endzone.

Watson comes into this game off of two of his most productive performances of the season. Two weeks ago, he had 4 touchdown passes in 56-10 beating of the Boston College Eagles and last week, he threw for 378 yards along with 2 TD passes and 1 running score in the 24-17 victory over N.C. State in overtime. I look for Watson to have a good game against Florida State as big money players play big in crucial spots such as this.


Plenty To Choose From

Look for Watson to seek out his favorite target, wide receiver Mike Williams. Williams leads the Tigers in receiving and is coming off of a monster performance against N.C. State in which he caught 12 balls for 146 yards and 1 TD. Williams has caught a touchdown pass in each of his last 4 games. Watson has a wide variety of options to choose from. Wide receiver, Deon Cain has 4 TD receptions in his last 3 games and is a big play receiver. Look for the Clemson passing game to be in full force as it's their 'bread and butter'.

Clemson is also a team that allows just 15.3 point per game and Florida State's offense will be tested.

The Seminoles have to be feeling good about themselves as they're coming off of back to back wins; one against their hated arch rivals, the Miami Hurricanes. Florida State edged out the Canes in a 20-19 game. Every game for Miami and Florida State goes down to the wire and we could see more of the same here if FSU brings their A-Game.


Dalvin Cook

While the NFL is in this young man's future, he has a big game this week against Clemson in a nationally televised game. It's the perfect place for Cook, who is on the verge of reaching his 3rd consecutive 1000 yard season rushing. Cook had a monstrous 1691 yards with 19 TD's last season and has picked right up where he left off last season. Cook can catch the football out of the backfield and that makes him extra dangerous. He's actually has 2 -100 yard games receiving to go along with his 900 yards and 7 TD's on the ground. This guy is a beast and the key to Florida State's success.

For my College Football Pick, Clemson could be reeling a bit from last week's performance and look for Florida State to make this a fight and keep this game close.

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College Football Pick: Florida State Seminoles +4 Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes


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