NCAA College Football Betting Preview: Clemson Tigers vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets – Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020

by Tyler Vaysman | October 16, 2020 |

Both Clemson and Georgia Tech are coming in off of solid performances last week. The Tigers easily handled a top 10 ranked team in Miami 24-17. The Yellow Jackets were impressive in defeating Louisville 46-27.

Clemson Looking the Part of Number 1

The Tigers have rolled through the early part of their schedule with the closest game being a 41-23 victory over Virginia. Clemson looks to be headed back to the college football playoff as they are outscoring their opponents by an average score of 42 to 13.

Trevor Lawrence is at the top of the Heisman list with some impressive numbers. He has completed 84-of-116 passes for 1,140 yards and 10 touchdowns. Lawrence has not thrown an interception yet this year.

His fellow backfield mate and All-American Travis Ettiene is having a great season in his own right. He has carried the ball 56 times for 396 yards and four touchdowns.

The Tigers defense may not be quite as talented as in year’s past but they are still holding their opponents to 279.8 yards of total offense per game. The run defense has been the biggest bright spot as opponents are averaging under 90 yards a game against them.

Yellow Jackets Balanced on Offense

Georgia Tech has had some recent seasons where it relies solely on the run game. That is not the case this year as they are averaging over 200 yards a game on the ground and through the air.

Quarterback Jeff Sims has good numbers but has been turnover prone. He has completed 65-of-119 passes for 944 yards and five touchdowns but has thrown eight interceptions. Sims also leads the team in rushing with 251 yards on 44 carries with three touchdowns.

The Yellow Jackets defense really struggles against the run. They are allowing just under 190 yards a game on the ground, so look for Ettiene to have a big game.

Tigers/Yellow Jackets Betting Lines

Mybookie has Clemson as 27.5-point favorites. The total is set at 64.5 points.

Free Betting Pick

I expect Georgia Tech to be able to get at least two touchdowns against this Clemson defense, but I am not sure they can stop the Clemson offense. It would be a mild upset if they could force a punt in the first half. The Tigers roll in this one as Sims issues with the interception continue.

Clemson 47, Georgia Tech 17

Free Pick: Clemson -27.5

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