Cavaliers home to Tigers in NCAAF betting action
|Clemson Tigers||Virginia Cavaliers|
The Clemson Tigers rebounded from their debacle against Florida State to pick up a win at Maryland Saturday.
If they're going to make up that game on the Seminoles in the ACC's Atlantic Division the Tigers will have to stay perfect, which would entail a victory this Saturday at Virginia (3:30 pm ET, ESPN).
Clemson is still No. 8 in this week's BCS rankings, but is also 0-3 ATS over its last three games.
The Cavaliers, meanwhile, have lost five games in a row, after falling at home to Georgia Tech Saturday 35-25.
In the early betting the Tigers, who are just 3-5 ATS this season, were favored by 17 points over the Wahoos.
They battle the Tigers, currently with a 7-1 mark (3-5 ATS). The over under records, important for totals bettors, are 6-2 for the Cavaliers and 5-3 for the Tigers.
The visitors opened as -20-point favorites in this one at 5Dimes and most sportsbooks tracked here at OddsShark. No total had been posted as of press time check the live lines pages in the coming days to see where the number opened.
The Cavaliers - Tigers odds would favor the Tigers if the lines were set according to power ranks. Virginia is rated No. 87 in our latest OddsShark poll, while the Tigers sit at No. 16. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 40-20 win for the Tigers.
In their last action, Clemson was a 40-27 winner on the road against Maryland. They failed to cover the 16.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (67) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Tajh Boyd led his team to victory last time out, throwing for 304 yards Saturday as the Tigers downed the Terrapins 40-27 at Byrd Stadium. David Watford led the way last time out for the Cavaliers, connecting for 376 passing yards, but failing to earn the victory in a 35-25 loss to the Cavaliers at Scott Stadium.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Virginia's No. 99-ranked offense, averaging 22.62 PPG, against a Tigers defense that ranks No. 30 this week at 21.88 PPG. The Cavaliers aerial game is averaging 219.88 yards per game, less than the Tigers secondary allows through the air, 230.62 YPG per game.
Defensively, the Tigers feature the league's No. 77-rated road run defense, allowing 190 yards per game. Virginia, meanwhile, ranks No. 78 in rushing offense at home.
A few Tigers at Cavaliers trends to consider:
Clemson is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
Clemson is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
Clemson is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
Clemson is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Virginia is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Virginia is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Virginia's last 7 games
Virginia is 2-11-3 ATS in its last 16 games at home
Clemson at Georgia Tech, Thursday, November 14th
Virginia at North Carolina, Saturday, November 9th