Clemson Vs Auburn Spread & ATS PickNoah Williams
Deshaun Watson and the Clemson Tigers will look to take the first step toward getting back to the College Football Playoff when they visit an Auburn Tigers team that underachieved in a big way a year ago.
The public is 66% on the Clemson Tigers to cover the spread. The college football week 1 point spread opened at CLEM -8. The line movement indicates more money is being placed on the side of the Auburn Tigers to cover.
Now, let’s find out which one of these playoff hopefuls will get the win and ATS cover in their huge Week 1 showdown.
Clemson Tigers Vs Auburn Tigers College Football Week 1 Spread & ATS Pick
The Clemson Tigers are an average team against the spread (7-7). The Auburn Tigers have a poor 3-9, -690 record against the spread. Clemson Tigers games have gone over more than under with an O-U record of 8-6. Auburn Tigers games have trended under with a record of 7 under and 4 over.
What: No. 2 Clemson Tigers (0-0) at Auburn Tigers (0-0)
When: Saturday, September 3, 2016
Start Time: 9:00 PM ET
Where: Auburn, AL
Stadium: Jordan-Hare Stadium
Spread: Clemson -7.5
Moneyline: Clemson -310 vs Auburn +255
Game Total: 60.5
Stream: Watch ESPN
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Bet The Auburn Tigers at +7.5 Because…
The Tigers are playing at home and still have plenty of talent on their roster.
Auburn (7-6 SU, 3-9-1 ATS) returns an identical six starters on both sides of the ball, but needs improved play at several positions, starting at quarterback where head coach Gus Malzahn has chosen to go with Sean White over both, John Franklin III and Jeremy Johnson.
At running back, 2015 backup Jovon Robinson is set to replace former starter Peyton Barber but the Tigers look thin at the wide receiver position because of a lack of experience. Auburn also need to replace starting tackles Shon Coleman and Avery Young, but the Tigers do have an All-SEC performer in guard Braden Smith.
Defensively, the Tigers look like they’ll be solid at the very least under new coordinator Kevin Steele, who comes on board after one year at rival LSU.
LSU’s defense will be led by linemen in Carl Lawson and Montravius Adams and a group of young recruits that could all make an immediate impact.
The linebacker unit could be problematic after losing three starters and their 601 career tackles. In the secondary, Malzahn needs to find a new starter for departed senior Blake Countess, but the Tigers do have an All-SEC performer in sophomore Carlton Davis.
Bet The Clemson Tigers at -7.5 Because…
The Tigers have the best quarterback in the country in athletically-gifted dual-threat signal-caller Deshaun Watson and a ton of other elite talent.
Clemson (14-1 SU, 8-7 ATS) had one of the best offenses in the country last season as they finished 11th overall (514.2 ypg) and 16th in scoring (38.4 ppg).
The Tigers’ offense is led by gifted dual-threat signal-caller Deshaun Watson a player that threw for 4,109 yards with 35 touchdowns and 13 interceptions while rushing for an additional 1,105 yards and 12 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2015.
After finishing third in the Heisman Trophy voting and becoming the first FBS player to ever to pass for 4,000 yards and rush for 1,000 in the same season, the sky is the ceiling for the future NFL performer.
I love speedy Clemson running back Wayne Gallman who rushed for 1,527 yards and 13 touchdowns as a sophomore last season.
Head coach Dabo Swinney does need to find suitable replacements for two starters on the offensive line, but overall, the Tigers look like they’ll be at least as explosive offensively as they were in 2015.
Clemson ranked a stellar 10th in total defense (313.4 ypg) last season and solid 24th in points allowed (216 ppg). The bad news is that the Tigers return just four starters on defense after losing a handful of stars that were all selected in the 2016 NFL Draft.
With defensive ends Shaq Lawson and Kevin Dodd, cornerback Mackensie Alexander and linebacker Travis Blanks all off to the NFL, Swinney is counting on senior defensive tackle Carlos Watkins and likely, freshman defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence, the nation’s No. 2 overall recruit.
The secondary is the unit all eyes will be on heading into 2016 with Clemson needing to find replacements for starting safeties Jayron Kearse and T.J. Green and Alexander at cornerback.
College Football Week 1 ATS Pick & Final Score Prediction
I’m not real fond of the nearly double-digit point spread surrounding this matchup, but I’m going with the Clemson Tigers to win and narrowly cover the spread against an Auburn team that may or may not get competent play out of Sean White in 2016.
Despite the Tigers’ uninspiring 2-6 ATS mark in their last eight road games, Clemson has also posted a nearly pristine 6-1 ATS mark in their last seven games in the month of September while also going 6-2 ATS in their last eight non-conference games.
Auburn has compiled a pitiful 3-8 ATS mark in their last 11 games against teams from the ACC, while also going 5-16 ATS in their last 21 games overall and a nearly winless 1-8 ATS in their last nine non-conference games.
I fully expect Deshaun Watson and running back Wayne Gallman to gash Auburn’s defense en route to the double-digit win and narrow ATS cover!