Clemson at Pittsburgh ACC Championship Picks and Predictions 12/1/2018
Saturday, December 1, 2018
Bank of America Stadium
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The Clemson Tigers head to Bank of America Stadium to play the Pittsburgh Panthers on Saturday in the ACC Championship game. The opening line for this matchup has Clemson as 20 point favorites. The Tigers are 6-6-0 against the spread and their over/under record is 6-6-0. The Panthers are 7-5-0 against the spread and their over/under mark is 5-7-0.
Valuable Clemson Tigers Betting Trends
The Clemson Tigers are 6-6-0 against the over/under
The Clemson Tigers are 6-6-0 against the spread
Important Pittsburgh Panthers Betting Trends
The Pittsburgh Panthers are 5-7-0 against the over/under
The Pittsburgh Panthers are 7-5-0 against the spread
Key Clemson Tigers Injuries
11/25/18 TE Cole Renfrow Undisclosed is questionable Saturday vs Pittsburgh U
11/25/18 WR Hunter Renfrow Head is questionable Saturday vs Pittsburgh U
09/26/18 QB Kelly Bryant Transferred is out for season
08/24/18 DE Richard Yeargin Left Team is out for season
Key Pittsburgh Panthers Injuries
11/20/18 OL Jimmy Morrissey Ankle is out for season
10/29/18 DL Keyshon Camp Upper Body is out for season
10/10/18 LB Quintin Wirginis Knee is out for season
10/10/18 TE Tyler Sear Personal has left team
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Clemson Tigers are 5th in the country in points scored with 548. They have run 875 plays this year for 6,481 yards, which ranks them 17th in Division 1 in total offense. The Tigers average 7.4 yards per play, which is 3rd in the nation. As a team they have accumulated a total of 298 1st downs this season, ranking them 12th overall as an offensive unit. On the ground Clemson has run for 3,094 yards as a unit, which ranks 11th in college football. They've run 464 times, averaging 6.7 yards per rush as a unit. The Tigers have been penalized on offense 56 times for 506 yards so far this year, which has them 110th in the country in penalties. Trevor Lawrence has passed for 2,488 yards this year. He's completed 200 throws while attempting 303 passes for a completion percentage of 66%. His quarterback rating this season is 156.3. He averages 9.1 adjusted yards per throw and 8.2 yards per pass attempt.
Clemson is 4th in the country in points surrendered on defense with 168. They have given up a total of 3,482 yards on D, which is 12th in D-1. The Tigers are 4th in yards per play allowed with 4.3. Opponent offenses have completed 196 throws on 361 attempts against the Clemson Tigers defense this season, ranking them 28th and 59th in the nation. The Clemson pass defense has also surrendered a total of 2,381 yards in the air, which is 37th overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense has given up 456 attempts for 1,102 yards this season, putting them in 4th place in the country against the run. The Tigers have had 77 penalties for 616 yards on defense this year. That places them 49th in college football.
Special Teams Stats
Clemson is 1st in the country in punt returns with 35. They've totaled 290 punt return yards and average 8.3 yards per return, which is 72nd in D-1. They have returned 19 kicks for 442 yards on special teams, which puts them 95th in kick return yardage. The Tigers average 23 yards per kick return and they are 3rd in the nation in all-purpose yards with 7,213. The Clemson Tigers have tried 16 field goals this year and made 10, which is 90th in college football. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 67%. Clemson Tigers kickers have made 100% of their extra points, going 74 for 74 this season. Their punters have accumulated 2,048 yards on 52 punts, averaging 40 yards per punt. That ranks them 87th in the NCAA in punting average.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Panthers have run for 2,792 yards as a team, which ranks 16th in college football. They've run 481 times, averaging 5.8 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Pittsburgh Panthers have been penalized on offense 88 times for 850 yards so far this season, which has them 23rd in the country in penalties. They are 72nd in the nation in points scored with 336. They have run 752 plays this season for 4,633 yards, which ranks them 118th in Division 1 in total offense. Pittsburgh averages 6.2 yards per play, which is 40th in college football. As a team they have accumulated a total of 212 1st downs this year, placing them 114th overall as an offensive unit. Kenny Pickett averages 6.9 yards per pass attempt and 6.9 adjusted yards per throw. He has completed 165 passes on 265 attempts for a completion percentage of 62.3%. His quarterback rating this year is 131.3. He has thrown for 1,825 yards this season.
The Pittsburgh Panthers rush defense has allowed 448 attempts for 2,104 yards this year, putting them in 80th place in D-1 against the run. Pittsburgh has committed 59 penalties for 490 yards on the defensive side of the ball this season. That ranks them 15th in college football. They are 72nd in the nation in points allowed on defense with 334. They have surrendered a total of 4,811 yards on D, which is 75th in the country. The Panthers are ranked 83rd in yards per play allowed with 5.9. Opposing offenses have completed 211 passes on 370 attempts against the Pittsburgh defense this season, placing them 56th and 71st in Division 1. The Pittsburgh Panthers pass defense has also given up a total of 2,707 yards through the air, which is 68th overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The Pittsburgh Panthers have attempted 13 field goals this season and made 10, which is 103rd in D-1. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 77%. Pittsburgh kickers have made 95% of their extra points, going 38 for 40 this year. Their punters have totaled 2,450 yards on 59 punts, averaging 42 yards per punt. That places them 65th in Division 1 in punting average. Pittsburgh is ranked 81st in the nation in punt returns with 16. They've accumulated 121 punt return yards and average 7.6 yards per return, which is 80th in college football. They have returned 22 kicks for 565 yards on special teams, ranking 67th in kick return yardage. The Pittsburgh Panthers average 26 yards per kick return and they are 84th in the country in all-purpose yards with 5,320.
Who will win tonight's Tigers/Panthers college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Tigers -20
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