Over the past two seasons, Clemson has proven to be the class of the ACC with only one conference loss in that span. The Tigers will look to claim their second straight ACC title when they take on the Virginia Tech Hokies in Orlando on Saturday. Though the two teams have rarely faced off, Clemson has won and covered in the past three meetings with Virginia Tech dating back to 2011.
An upset loss to Pitt may have woken up Clemson, as the Tigers have outscored their opponents 91-20 in the ensuing two games. In those two contests, Clemson has run the ball better than it had all season, amassing 504 rushing yards and six touchdowns. Deshaun Watson is coming off his best game of the season against an overwhelmed South Carolina team, as the Heisman hopeful completed 81.3 percent of his passes while throwing for six touchdowns and one interception.
Expectations were tempered for Justin Fuente’s first season with the Hokies, but the coach has taken Virginia Tech into the ACC title game with a chance to play spoiler against Clemson. Jerod Evans continues to be one of the most efficient quarterbacks in the nation, as the junior has thrown for 26 touchdowns and five interceptions, while only giving up multiple turnovers in a game once this season.
Sportsbook Odds & Computer Pick
Betting fans backing the Virginia Tech Hokies here saw them at Sportsbook as 8.5-point underdogs in this college football clash. (Check back shortly for Sportsbook totals at sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark as none was available at the time this preview was written.)
Odds Shark computer prediction formulas run early in the week pointed to a 42-32 win for the Tigers on Saturday.
Clemson Tigers vs Virginia Tech Hokies Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The Clemson Tigers will look to cover ATS vs their hosts on Saturday, as they are 6-6 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Virginia Tech Hokies are 6-6 ATS. Clemson is 6-6 against the over under total, while Virginia Tech is 7-5 versus the number. 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 Odds Shark it's the No. 12-rated Virginia Tech Hokies and the No. 4-rated Clemson Tigers in this matchup.
Offensively, the game matches up the Virginia Tech Hokies No. 35-ranked offense (35 PPG) against a Clemson Tigers defense that ranks No. 8 at 17 PPG. The Virginia Tech Hokies passing attack has averaged 261.58 yards per game, more than the Clemson Tigers give up through the air (180.17 YPG on average).
Defensively, the Clemson Tigers feature the league's No. 8-rated road run defense, allowing 114.2 yards per game. Virginia Tech, meanwhile, ranks No. 47 in rushing offense at home.
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Deshaun Watson throttled the Gamecocks defense in his team's most recent action, throwing for 347 yards as Clemson handed South Carolina a 56-7 defeat.
Sam Rogers went over the 100-yard mark (105) in his team's latest effort as Virginia Tech defeated Virginia by a score of 52-10 on Saturday.