Clemson Tigers vs. Texas A&M Aggies at Kyle Field College Station, TX, 7PM EST, Saturday September 8, 2018
Betting Line: Clemson -12.5
Over/Under: 54 points at Bovada
Clemson is the second-ranked team in NCAA Football and while they are on the road facing a 1-0 Texas A&M team, they are still double-digit betting favorites at Bovada.
The Tigers had no problem beating Furman in their season opener and while the team is loaded they don’t play the toughest schedule. This season they only face one team that is currently in the top 25 in Florida State.
Texas A&M smoked Northwestern State in their opener, but it is pretty obvious that Clemson will give them a tougher game.
Clemson is 0-1 ATS with an O/U record of 0-1 and Texas A&M is 1-0 ATS with an O/U record of 1-0.
These teams have not met since the 2005 season.
Clemson beat Furman 48-7 in their opening game and while they win by 41 points they still failed to cover the spread. They dominated the game from the get-go and they gave up the lone TD in the 4th quarter. They racked up 531 yards while holding Furman to 163 yards and the Tigers also forced two turnovers.
Clemson still has not decided on a #1 QB, as freshman Trevor Lawrence and senor Kelly Bryant are the two guys in the mix. Both played well in the game against Furman and Lawrence led the Tigers to three TD and five scores in his five drives. Look for Bryant to get the start in this non-conference game. The Tigers had four players with at least 44 rushing yards and five players with at least 34 receiving yards.
The Tigers’ D stuffed Furman and held them scoreless through three quarters. However, they will be facing an A&M offense that scored 59 points in their season opener and rolled to 758 total yards.
Texas A&M crushed Northwestern State 59-7 in the opener where they dominated both sides of the ball. The Aggies racked up the 2nd most yards in school history and RB Trayveon Williams rushed for 240 of the Aggies 503 rushing yards. QB Kellen Mond got the start passing for 184 yards with two TD and no picks.
Both teams played cream puffs in their openers and this will be the first real test for both. The Aggies will be facing a great Clemson defense, which is very strong up front. If the Tigers can thwart Williams and the run game for A&M this game may get ugly. Clemson simply has NFL caliber talent all over the field and the Aggies really have their work cut out for them this Saturday.
Clemson betting trends
- Clemson is 8-2 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games
- Clemson is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games facing teams from the SEC
- Clemson has an Under record of 4-0 in their last 4 games
Texas A&M betting trends
- Texas A&M is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games
- Texas A&M is 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 home games
- Texas A&M has an Over record of 4-0 in their last 4 home games
Clemson vs. Texas A&M betting prediction
Texas A&M has failed to cover the spread in four of their last five games against teams from the SEC and even getting 12.5 points at home that trend will continue.
I don’t think the Tigers will put up a ton of points, but their defense will shut down the Aggies in their house.
Clemson will win this game and cover the double-digit spread moving to 2-0 on the young season.
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