The Florida State Seminoles, now No. 4 in the AP poll after three blowout victories, begin their ACC slate when they host the 3-0 Clemson Tigers Saturday night (8 pm ET ABC).
The 'Noles, who have outscored their three opponents this year 176-3, are favored by 13.5 points over the Tigers, who beat FSU last year 35-30 and are 6-1 ATS in their past seven meetings with FSU.
Betting Line: If you're going with the Seminoles in this one, they're listed as 13-point favorites on the betting line for the contest at . The total was sitting at 55 at GTbets.eu, which was offering an excellent 'free bet' special for Week 3 NFL.
Power Rankings / Prediction: This game matches up the No. 1 (Seminoles) and the No. 43 (Tigers) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAF Power Rankings at OddsShark. A 87-51 result in favor of the Seminoles is predicted by handicapping models.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Florida State's No. 2-ranked offense (58.7 PPG) against a Tigers defense that ranks No. 34 at 17.7 PPG. The Seminoles passing attack has averaged 264.7 yards per game, more than the Tigers give up through the air (188 YPG on average).
Defensively, the Tigers feature the league's No. 60-rated road run defense, allowing 180 yards per game. Florida State, meanwhile, ranks No. 21 in rushing offense at home.
In their last action, Clemson was a 41-7 winner at home against Furman. The game had no spread or over-under wagering, as it involved a non-board school. Tajh Boyd throttled the Paladins defense in his team's most recent action, throwing for 310 yards as Clemson handed Furman a 41-7 defeat.
Last time out for Florida State, they were a 52-0 winner as they battled Wake Forest at home. Florida State covered in the match as a 28-point favorite, while 52 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Chris Thompson went over the 100-yard mark (197) in his team's latest effort as Florida State defeated Wake Forest by a score of 52-0 on Saturday.
Clemson Tigers Trends:
When playing in September are 9-1
When playing on grass are 6-4
After outgaining opponent are 7-3
When playing within the conference are 8-2
Florida State Seminoles Trends:
When playing in September are 7-3
When playing on grass are 9-1
After outgaining opponent are 9-1
When playing within the conference are 6-4
A few Tigers at Seminoles trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Clemson's last 11 games on the road
Clemson is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Clemson is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Florida State
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Clemson's last 12 games when playing Florida State
Florida State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Florida State is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
Florida State is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Clemson
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Florida State's last 12 games when playing Clemson
Clemson at Boston College, Saturday, September 29
Florida State at South Florida, Saturday, September 29