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Clemson Tigers vs. Virginia Tech Hokies Predictions, Picks, Odds and NCAA Football Week Five Betting Preview – September 30, 2017

Clemson Tigers vs. Virginia Tech Hokies Predictions, Picks, Odds and NCAA Football Week Five Betting Preview – September 30, 2017

Clemson Tigers vs. Virginia Tech Hokies Betting Preview

Where: Lane Stadium – Blacksburg, VA

When: Saturday, September 30, 2017 – 8:00 PM ET

Line: Clemson Tigers (-280) vs. Virginia Tech Hokies (+240); total: 51.5 – view all NCAA Football lines

TV Broadcast: ACC Network

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Betting on the Clemson Tigers (4-0)

Point Spread: -7.5

The Tigers kept their unbeaten record alive with a cruising 34-7 victory over Boston College this past weekend. They were pretty sluggish in the first three quarters but suddenly unloaded 27 points in the final frame.

Although not as explosive in the passing game as you’d like or expect him to be, since he’s still more comfortable showcasing his ability to beat opponents with his feet, Kelly Bryant is doing a fine job overall. He has a 67.9 completion rate and a 2-3 touchdown-interception ratio on the season, as well as 268 rushing yards and seven rushing TDs.

Bryant, along with efficient freshman running back Travis Etienne, who has ran for 292 yards and four TDs on an astounding 12.7 yards per carry, is powering the team’s ground game.

Defensively, there’s no debating how destructive the Tigers can be. It’s a solid crew that has built a good chemistry together. With a top-notch D-line and a great crop of linebackers and defensive backs, the unit has now held three of their four opponents to seven points or less. They are also holding foes to just 227 total yards per game (134.5 passing and 92.5 rushing).

Clemson is 4-0 SU and 3-1 ATS this season, and has also won four-straight against Virginia Tech.

Betting on the Virginia Tech Hokies (4-0)

Point Spread: +7.5

Also entering with an unblemished record are the Hokies, who themselves are coming off a cakewalk win. They shutout Old Dominion on Saturday, 38-0, and held the Monarchs to just 149 total offense.

Virginia Tech is almost a mirror image of Clemson. Along with the same great start, they have similarly-skilled personnel on both ends of the field.

Their “Kelly Bryant,” as you may know, is the sensational freshman Josh Jackson, who’s probably on his way to stardom in college football. The neophyte is putting up 281.7 passing yards per game and has a 11-1 TD-INT ratio, which looks good for an inexperienced QB. He also has 144 yards on the ground and one rushing score.

What Jackson has, however, that Bryant doesn’t is a clear number one target. Senior wideout Cam Phillips is consistent in connecting well with Jackson, and currently has 34 catches for 523 yards and five TDs.

On defense, VT and Clemson are similar in being balanced defending the pass and the run. The Hokies only give up 311.3 total yards per game (203.3 passing and 108 rushing).

Writer’s Prediction

Clemson’s (-280) defense wins it for the team, 23-16.

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Written by JE

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