The reigning National Champions, No. 2 Clemson Tigers want nothing right now but the No. 1 rank in the nation back. They will have to put up a strong performance at home against the Florida State Seminoles if they want that to happen (or at least a loss by the Alabama Crimson Tide). The Noles, meanwhile, believe they can pull off the upset. But can they really?
Betting Preview for the Florida State Seminoles vs Clemson Tigers Week 7 College Football Game on October 12 2019
Where: Memorial Stadium, Clemson
When: Saturday, October 12, 2019
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the Florida State Seminoles (3-2 Overall / 2-1 Conference)
The Seminoles have finally put together a nice winning streak, as they beat the Louisville Cardinals (35-24), and the NC State Wolfpack (31-13) in consecutive fashion — and both at home. They are hoping that the momentum they are riding right now would translate to a giant upset in Clemson this coming weekend. Noles quarterback Alex Hornibrook made some good throws on his way to finishing the game with 316 passing yards and three touchdowns with zero interceptions on 29-of-40 completions, while running back Cam Akers had 83 rushing yards and a touchdown on 17 carries. Despite Hornibrook’s performance, Akers will be the man to watch for Florida State against the stout Clemson defense. Akers holds the key in opening up that Tigers’ defense that doesn’t give up much chance for opposing running backs. Akers is second in the ACC with 116.4 rushing yards per game and first with seven rushing touchdowns. The Noles also are winning the turnover margin battle so far this season with a +1.0 mark.
Florida State is 2-1 against the spread (ATS) in its last three games in Clemson.
Betting on the Clemson Tigers (5-0 Overall / 3-0 Conference)
If you’re wondering why the Tigers are no longer the No. 1 team in the nation despite being undefeated at this point of the season, then you just have to look at their last game. The Tigers defeated the unranked North Carolina Tar Heels in Chapel Hill last Saturday, but only by the closest margin, 21-20. And they had to stop a two-point conversion to keep their record unblemished. That said, there’s little doubt that the Tigers can clean up the issues they had in the Tar Heels game in which they had a turnover and picked up six penalties against three only by North Carolina. Running back Travis Etienne had a fumble in the first half, but still finished with 67 rushing yards and a touchdown, while quarterback Trevor Lawrence had 206 passing yards and a touchdown on 18-of-30 completions. Last year, Lawrence bombarded the Seminoles with 314 passing yards and four touchdowns and zero errors, so expect him to have his game going early at home this weekend.
The over is 3-1 in Clemson’s last four home games.
Clemson wins, 39-17.
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