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Clemson True Road Warriors, Just Not For Bettors

Clemson has not lost a true road game since the beginning of the 2015 college football season. During that 10-game span, the Tigers have outscored opponents by an average of 15.5 points per game but that has not been enough to cover the massive chalk. Despite a perfect 10-0 SU record in their past 10 true road games, Clemson is just 4-6 ATS in that spot. Can Dabo Swinney and company continue to roll when they visit a rocking Lane Stadium to take on the Virginia Tech Hokies this Saturday?

Shark Bites
  • Clemson is 4-0 SU and 3-1 ATS in its last 4 games against Virginia Tech.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Clemson’s last 8 games against Virginia Tech.
  • VT WR Cam Phillips had 12 receptions for 92 yards with 1 TD vs Clemson last season.

These two teams found themselves in a shootout last season in the ACC championship game, with Clemson and Virginia Tech combining to score 77 points while amassing 856 yards of offense. However, both teams look distinctly different from a player perspective this time around.

Clemson no longer has Deshaun Watson behind center; instead, it is longtime backup Kelly Bryant. The junior has been up and down as a passer, which can partially be blamed on the offensive line, but has been a lethal running threat. One thing that remains unchanged for the Tigers is their stifling defense. Clemson’s front four is one of the best in the country, averaging 4.2 sacks per game.

Virginia Tech also watched its quarterback leave during the offseason but freshman Josh Jackson has been a revelation. The Ann Arbor, Michigan native is completing 65.2 percent of his passes with 11 touchdowns and just one interception. The Hokies’ new QB can get it done with his feet as well, as you can see from his 101 rushing yards against West Virginia in Week 1.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Those siding with the visitors in this one saw the Clemson Tigers listed as 5.5-point favorites earlier this week at Bovada. Meanwhile, the OVER/UNDER betting line was unavailable earlier in the week, but was expected to be posted shortly at MyBookie.

A 41-31 result in favor of the Tigers was the prediction by the OddsShark handicapping pick engine earlier this week. Check the picks page or matchup report during the week as factors may cause that prediction to be re-run. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

Clemson Tigers vs Virginia Tech Hokies Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Virginia Tech Hokies sit at 4-0 (3-1 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Clemson Tigers are currently 4-0 (3-1 ATS). Looking to bet on the totals? Virginia Tech is 1-2-1 OU, and Clemson is 2-2 OU. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Virginia Tech vs Clemson injuries news.

According to the Power Rankings here at OddsShark it's the No. 12-rated Virginia Tech Hokies and the No. 2-rated Clemson Tigers in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Virginia Tech Hokies' No. 27-ranked offense (40 PPG) against a Clemson Tigers defense that ranks No. 3 at 9.25 PPG. The Virginia Tech Hokies passing attack has averaged 289 yards per game, more than the Clemson Tigers give up through the air (134.5 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Clemson Tigers own the league's No. 43-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 116 yards per game when on the road. Virginia Tech, on the other hand, rates No. 58 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In their last game, Clemson got a 113-yard performance from Travis Etienne as a key part of its 34-7 win over Boston College.

Last time out, Old Dominion could not slow down Cam Phillips, who managed 106 receiving yards in the Hokies’ 38-0 victory over the Monarchs on Saturday.

Betting Trends
  • Clemson is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Clemson is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of Clemson's last 10 games
  • Clemson is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • Virginia Tech is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games
  • Virginia Tech is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • Virginia Tech is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home
  • Virginia Tech is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Clemson home to Wake Forest, Saturday, October 7
Virginia Tech at Boston College, Saturday, October 7

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