Having held their own against a much tougher early schedule than Georgia Tech has, the Clemson Tigers are favored by 5 to 5.5 in Saturday’s game.
The Yellow Jackets haven’t lost to Clemson since before Paul Johnson took over in 2008, and won two tight games last year in the rare college football season series. The lines say that’s about to change, and media picks lean orange and purple as well.
I’m tempted to take Clemson since they’re holding a purple-out, the rare college sports color-out that actually works (the last time Tech tangled with a purped-up Tigers squad, C.J. Spiller and company rattled the Jackets off the field, 31-7, in one of Tech’s worst games this decade). That, and their game against Auburn was more impressive than anything Tech’s done since OH, SAY beating Clemson last year.
But 5.5 points kind of sounds like a lot.
Both teams know their seasons are on the line in this rivalry matchup. It would be surprising for Tech to win, but just as surprising for Clemson to win by more than one score. Take Tech and the points.