(19) Clemson Tigers at (22) Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
One of the few meetings between ranked teams this weekend features the Clemson Tigers (7-2, 6-1 ACC) visiting the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (8-2, 5-2 ACC) this Saturday at 12:00 p.m. Eastern at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta.
These two ACC Teams are second in their respective divisions, with Clemson sitting behind Florida State in the Atlantic and Georgia Tech one game below Duke in the Coastal.
The Yellow Jackets bring a three-game winning streak into Saturday’s contest, including a 56-23 victory over NC State last weekend. Georgia Tech boasts the third best rushing attack in the nation and it was on full display against the Wolfpack, piling up 479 yards on the ground.
“Their quarterback is really playing at a high level, making good decisions and is a really good runner,” Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said about dual-threat QB Justin Thomas. “I don’t think he gets enough credit for his ability to throw the ball. They have made some big plays in the passing game.”
The Tigers have won their last six games in a row since dropping an OT thriller to then-No. 1 Florida State. Last weekend, they beat up on lowly Wake Forest 34-20, though they failed to cover as 21-point favorites. Clemson’s strength is its defense, which is 12th-best in the nation in scoring, allowing just 18.4 points per game. They are even better against the run – sitting third in the country and allowing just 90.9 yards per game – meaning Saturday’s game will be strength-on-strength as the Yellow Jackets’ rushing offense runs headlong into the Tigers’ rush-D.
The Tigers are 2.5-point favorites at the moment. Trend-wise, Georgia Tech is 4-1 straight-up in its last five home games against Clemson; but they have not fared as well against the number, going just 2-5 ATS in the last seven against Clemson in Atlanta.
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