No. 12 Virginia Tech Looks to Pull Off Huge Upset Over No. 2 Clemson in ACC Title Game Rematch
The 12th-ranked Virginia Tech Hokies will be looking to pull off the huge upset when they host the second-ranked Clemson Tigers in an intriguing rematch of their 2016 ACC Championship game.
If you’re wondering which national championship hopeful is going to win outright or cover the Week 5 college football spread, then you’re going to enjoy the expert analysis and accompanying free pick that you’re about to get!
Let’s rock and roll!
Virginia Tech’s Betting Odds To Upset The Clemson Tigers
No. 2 Clemson Tigers (4-0) at No. 12 Virginia Tech Hokies (4-0)
When: Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 8:00 PM ET
Where: Lane Stadium
Odds: Clemson -7.5
Tigers -310 vs Hokies +255
Why Bet the Clemson Tigers Odds at -7.5
The Tigers look like a good bet in this contest because they have more overall talent on their roster than Virginia Tech. Second-ranked Clemson moved to 4-0 on the season by smacking overmatched Boston College around in their 34-7 Week 4 win on Saturday, but even in victory, the Tigers have some areas of concern they need to address.
You see, new starting quarterback Kelly Bryant showed why he’s not nearly as good as championship-winning successor Deshaun Watson by playing some wildly inconsistent football. Bryant completed just 17-of-46 passes for 140 yards with two interceptions.
“He did OK. Probably of the four games, I would probably put this one fourth,” head coach Dabo Swinney said of Bryant’s performance.
Thankfully, the Tigers leaned on gifted running back Travis Etienne to get the win as the elusive freshman rushed for a stellar 113 yards and two touchdowns on just nine carries. For his effort, Etienne won the ACC Rookie of the Week award.
Why Bet the Virginia Tech Hokies Odds at +7.5
The Hokies look like a good bet because they’ve got talent and a great head coach and narrowly beat the Tigers last season. Virginia Tech also remained unbeaten by shutting out Old Dominion 40-0 this past weekend to cover the spread as huge 28.5-point home favorites just as I predicted. Hokies dual-threat quarterback Josh Jackson completed 20-of-30 passes for 298 yards with three touchdowns and one interception to lead Virginia Tech to victory. Now, the Hokies will look to finish off what they came up just short of accomplishing in their heartbreaking 42-35 ACC title game loss last season.
“We’ll have to make sure we’re on point with everything we’re doing, crystal-clear with our directives and assignments,” head coach Justin Fuente said of playing the defending national champs. “Everything will be difficult. A first-down will be difficult. A defensive stop will be difficult. Punting the ball and covering the punt will be difficult.
Expert Analysis and Prediction
For this season-defining Week 5 matchup, I’m going to advise you to back Virginia Tech to narrowly cover the spread in a narrow loss that is eerily identical to the 7-point defeat that they suffered at the hands of the Tigers in last season’s ACC title tile. While Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant has played well this season, this past weekend’s uneven performance showed that he still has a way to go to become a complete quarterback, mostly, passing the rock.
While Clemson has gone 4-0 ATS in their last four games against a team with a winning record and 5-1 ATS in their last six games in the month of September, Virginia Tech has compiled a near-perfect 7-1 ATS mark in their last eight games while also going 5-1 ATS in their last six home games and 5-1 ATS in their last six games in the month of September.
While only 38 percent of public bettors are backing the Hokies right now, I like Virginia Tech to cover the spread – and I can;t say that I’d be stunned if they won outright!
Pick: Virginia Tech +7.5