After losing a double-overtime game to Notre Dame two weeks ago, the Tigers have no room for error if they hope to make the College Football Playoff. Clemson sits at 7-1 overall and 6-1 in ACC play.
The Seminoles are having one of the worst seasons in program history. Florida State is 2-6 overall and only 1-6 in conference play.
Clemson Tigers Betting Preview: Lawrence is Back
Clemson should still control their own destiny if they can win out and then defeat Notre Dame in the ACC title game. It seems more likely the committee would take a one-loss Clemson team than an undefeated BYU or Cincinnati.
Not that quarterback DJ Uiagalelei was bad, but the Tigers will get a big boost with quarterback Trevor Lawrence coming back after having COVID-19. Lawrence has completed 135-of-191 passes for 1,833 yards with 17 touchdowns and two interceptions. His favorite target has been Amari Rodgers, who has caught 48 balls for 720 yards and six touchdowns.
The Clemson run game has been good, not great this season. They are averaging 150 yards a game led by Travis Etienne, who has carried the ball 121 times for 634 yards and ten touchdowns.
The Tigers’ defense had played really well until their last two games. The unit struggled versus both Notre Dame and Boston College. On the season, they are still limiting their opponents to 305 yards and only 19 points per game.
Florida State Seminoles Betting Preview: Will Miss Purdy
The Seminoles carousel at quarterback will continue. Jordan Travis, who did lead Florida State to an upset win over North Carolina, will be starting. Chubba Purdy’s injury is season-ending.
Travis is a run-first quarterback. He has completed 59-of-113 passes for 864 yards with four touchdowns and five interceptions. He does lead the team in rushing with 469 yards on 85 carries with six touchdowns.
Without much of a passing game, the Florida State run game has been asked to do most of the work. They are averaging 184.4 yards per game. Look for Clemson to stack the box and make Travis beat them through the air.
The Seminoles defense has been the biggest issue this season. Opponents are averaging 36 points a game and more than 464 yards of total offense.
Clemson at Florida State Betting Odds & Lines
Mybookie has Clemson at 35.5-point favorites.
Free Betting Pick
This Clemson team should be fired up after a loss to Notre Dame and an ugly performance against Boston College. The two-week layoff seems to have come at the perfect time.
While this is a big number, the Tigers should put up more than 40 points against a weak Florida State defense. The big question is can the Tigers shut down Travis from running the ball. I believe they will, but not enough to cover.
Clemson 48, Florida State 20
Spooky Express Free Pick: Florida State +35.5