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Clemson is Rolling Downhill; Next Up: Boston College

The No. 2-ranked team in the nation, Clemson, is absolutely dismantling every team it plays and next up is the No. 17 Boston College Eagles. The Tigers last lost to BC in 2010 and are on a seven-game win streak in this matchup. Notably, though, Clemson is just 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings between these teams. The Tigers are an 18-point favorite leading up to Saturday’s game.

  • Clemson is 4-0 ATS in its last four games.
  • Boston College is 6-0 ATS in its last six games vs its conference.
  • The total has gone OVER in Clemson’s last four games on the road (avg. combined score: 64.75).

Clemson vs Boston College Game Center

Im Getting My Money On Clemson Before the Line Inflates

Normally I save my pick for the end of the article, but getting Clemson at -18 for this game is a gift and I’m jumping on this immediately before the line moves too far. The Tigers are the No. 2-ranked team in the nation and potentially the only team that stands a chance to beat Alabama this season.

Looking at the mutual opponents – Wake Forest, NC State and Louisville – that these teams have had this season, the scores jump off the page:

TeamWake ForestNC StateLouisville
Clemson 66-341-777-16
Boston College41-3423-28 (L)38-20

Clemson is +155 in those three games; Boston College is +20 with a loss. While we can’t solely base the outcome of the Week 11 game on these contests, it gives a very good indication that Clemson is at least three touchdowns ahead of the Eagles.

Lawrence and Etienne Provide Two-Headed Attack

Trevor Lawrence took Kelly Bryant’s job right out from under him, and since the keys to the offense were turned over to the six-foot-five QB from Cartersville, Georgia, Clemson has completely dominated every opponent it has faced and is fourth in the FBS with 47.8 points per game.

In his last four games, Lawrence has thrown for nine touchdowns and just one interception, completing 65.5 percent of his passes for an average of 11.6 yards per completion. Meanwhile, Travis Etienne has used the last four games to run for seven touchdowns and an average of 9.4 yards per carry. Etienne had an unbelievable 19.1 yards per carry in the win over Louisville.

Clemson’s Defense Might be Better than Its Offense

Just as it has the No. 4 scoring offense, Clemson has the No. 4 scoring defense in the FBS as well. The Tigers are giving up just 13.3 points per game and since the beginning of October, the defense has allowed an average of nine points per game.

This will be a huge challenge for Boston College’s No. 23 scoring offense that is 41st in the nation with 440 yards of offense per game. Those numbers are a little inflated, too. In games against better teams, the production wasn’t nearly close to those numbers – 229 yards and 13 points against Purdue, 318 yards and 23 points vs NC State, and 396 yards and 31 points against Virginia Tech.

Another problem for BC is that star running back AJ Dillon is questionable with an ankle injury. All signs point to Clemson steamrolling Boston College, putting a smudge on an otherwise impressive season for the Eagles.