Date: Saturday, December 3, 2016 – 8:00 PM ET | Location: Camping World Stadium – Orlando, FL | TV: ABC
Point Spread: VT +10.5
The Clemson Tigers (11-1) and the Virginia Tech Hokies (9-3) will meet at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida for the 2016 Atlantic Coast Conference Championship Game. Kick-off is scheduled for 8:00 PM ET and is set to be aired nationally on ABC for national audiences. For the Hokies, a likely Orange Bowl berth is on the line. Conversely for the Tigers, they can return to the College Football Playoff if they can capture their second consecutive ACC title.
The defending ACC champ’s dominance over college football as a whole for the most part is something that the multitudes have reveled in for the past two seasons. This is a football team that has lost just two games by a total of six points over the span of the 2015 and 2016 seasons, most notably one of them being the College Football Playoff Championship Game against the current #1 ranked team in the land and defending champion, Alabama.
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For the Hokies, they come in at 9-3 on a two-game winning streak. When VT is playing their best ball, they play as well as any team in the country. Impressive wins against Miami and North Carolina fortify this proposition. Virginia Tech has a dual-threat talent at quarterback in Jerod Evans who has single-handedly catalyzed an otherwise maligned offense. Evans has passed for 3,045 yards, 26 touchdowns and just 5 interceptions while boasting a 63.8% pass completion percentage the season. Evans has also rushed for 713 yards and 8 touchdowns.
Key Betting Trends
- Under is 4-1 in the last 5 matches.
- Underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 contests.
- Clemson has won their last 3 meetings with VT.
- Series is tied 5-5 to each team in the previous 10 outings.
Clemson Tigers vs. Virginia Tech Hokies Prediction
78% of the public have taken the Tigers as expected, spotting the points to the Hokies. In Money Line markets, we have seen 88% of the consensus dive in on heavy juice with the Tigers at -418 as opposed to taking the Hokies at +338. In Over/Under markets, 58% of the public like the Over for a current line of 58 which has remained idle.
Clemson was a near-identical position last year at the 2015 ACC Championship Game when they were spotting a fair amount of points to the then Coastal Division Champions, North Carolina. However, Clemson need to exercise caution. The Hokies have the defense here to create all types of problems for the Tigers’ passing attack. While Clemson’s defense is renowned, it has been exposed on several occasions this season even if they came out with a win in some of those instances. Clemson may not have an answer defensively for the kind of talent that Jerod Evans has. Evans can run and he can throw and if he ends up being able to do both, this one could result in an upset.
FREE PICK: Take Virginia Tech +10.5