Bet Week 12 College Football Clemson Vs Georgia TechJosh Bailey
Georgia Tech hosts Clemson in a big ACC battle this Saturday. Outside of Florida State, the ACC doesn’t have a lot of teams in the conference that could find their way to a big bowl game.
Both Clemson and Georgia Tech are two of the teams in the ACC that could do exactly that. Will Clemson cover as a road favorite, or will Georgia Tech protect its home field? Should you bet the week 12 college football spread in this game? Or the moneyline?
No. 17 Clemson Tigers at No. 23 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
When: Saturday, Nov. 15 at 12:00 pm ET
Where: Bobby Dodd Stadium, Atlanta, GA
Betting Line: Clemson -3
Moneyline: Clem -150 vs GT +130
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Should You Bet On Clemson Vs. Georgia Tech In Week 12?
With 2 losses, Clemson has no shot at securing a spot in the College Football Playoff. The 7 and 2 straight up Tigers had a chance to beat Florida State early on in the season when FSU coach Jimbo Fisher suspended Jameis Winston for the game, but Clemson couldn’t capitalize. Instead, Clemson lost 17 to 23 to the Seminoles.
A 21 to 45 loss to Georgia in Week 1, Clemson had the lead in the game before folding, meant that the loss to FSU ended Clemson’s shot with the Selection Committee. That’s a shame because since the loss to Florida State, Clemson has run off 6 straight victories including beating tough Louisville 23 to 17 at home. But as good as Clemson has been straight up, the team has been just as bad against the spread. Clemson is only 4 and 5 ATS on the season. The Tigers haven’t covered the spread in 4 straight games.
The issue has to do with Clemson’s offense. The defense is allowing only 250 total yards and 18.4 points per game. That ranks Clemson’s D as one of the best in the nation, but the offense has been dreadful with Cole Stoudt under center. Stoudt has thrown only 5 touchdown passes to 5 interceptions. He’s completing only 63.4% of his passes and he doesn’t appear comfortable leading the Tigers’ offense.
Freshman starting quarterback Deshaun Watson is once again questionable due to a finger injury. If Watson can’t play, the game could end up being Georgia Tech’s for the taking. The Yellow Jackets’ defense isn’t nearly as good as Clemson’s, but it could be good enough to stop Stoudt. It allows around 408 yards per game and close to 26 points.
With Stoudt under center, the G-Tech defense figures to play somewhat better on Saturday and Gerogia Tech’s run heavy offense always helps out the Yellow Jackets’ defense by keeping the ball out of the hands of opposing offenses.
G-Tech’s offense averages 335.6 yards per game on the ground. The offense averages 481.3 total yards per matchup that translates to close to 40 points per game. Georgia Tech has gone 3 and 0 ATS in their last 3 games. The Yellow Jackets are also 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points and 4 and 1 ATS versus a team with a winning record.
The winner of this game against the spread will come down to who plays quarterback for Clemson. If it’s Stoudt, it’s going to be difficult for Clemson to win this game straight up against Georgia Tech in Georgia, much less cover the spread. If it’s Watson, then Clemson should cover.
Since the indication right now is that Watson won’t play, the pick is Georgia Tech.