Clemson at North Carolina College Football Betting Tips and Predictions 9/28/2019
Saturday, September 28, 2019
Kenan Memorial Stadium
Trevor Lawrence and the Clemson Tigers head to Kenan Memorial Stadium on Saturday where they'll meet the North Carolina Tar Heels. Clemson opens this matchup as 27.5-point favorites. The Tigers are 3-1-0 ATS and 2-2-0 when betting on the total. The Tar Heels are 2-2-0 when wagering on the over/under and 2-2-0 against the spread.
Key Clemson Tigers Injuries
09/20/19 LB Bryton Constantin ACL is out for season
09/03/19 DB Josh Jackson Leg is out indefinitely
Key North Carolina Tar Heels Injuries
09/22/19 WR Antoine Green Undisclosed is questionable Saturday vs Clemson
09/22/19 WR Dazz Newsome Undisclosed is questionable Saturday vs Clemson
09/09/19 G Nick Polino Lower Body is out indefinitely
09/09/19 CB Patrice Rene ACL is out for season
The last time they took the field, the Clemson Tigers played the Charlotte 49ers and won by a score of 52-10. Running the show from under center for the Tigers was Trevor Lawrence who went 7/9 with 94 yards through the air and threw 2 TD's. He ended the game without an interception. Travis Etienne paced the team in rushing during the game. He tore off a long run of 18 yards and he added 1 touchdown for the game. He scurried for 61 yards via 11 carries which means he ran for an average of 5.5 yards per carry. Joe Ngata led the team in receiving yardage by earning 62 yards on 3 catches. He earned an average of 20.7 yards per reception during the game. The Clemson Tigers ran the ball a total of 39 times and racked up 235 yards earning them an average of 6.0 yards per rushing attempt. On the day, they ran 64 plays for a total of 466 yards. Overall, the Tigers got 27 1st downs and they totaled 5 penalties for 42 yards which tells us their heads weren't always in the game. When it comes to their defensive performance, Clemson gave up 8 catches on 19 throws for a total of 63 yards, and a completion percentage of 42.1%. For this contest, they gave up 216 yards and earned 1 takeaway. In the running game, the Tigers gave up 153 yards on 39 runs which gave them an average of 3.9 yards per attempt allowed.
The Tigers come into this matchup with a record of 4-0 for 2019. For total yards, they are currently ranked 2nd in the Atlantic Coast Conference and 7th in the country with 2,099 yards. They are one of top scoring teams in the nation with an average of 42.3 points per game, ranking them 19th in the country. As a team, they are averaging 247 rushing yards per game which is 2nd in the ACC. The Tigers have one of the top tier defenses in D-1, allowing 10 points per game ranking them 1st in the conference. When it comes to yards rushing, Clemson is giving up 94.5 yards per contest which has them at 4th in the conference and 25th in Division 1. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 2.5 yards per rush putting them 3rd in the conference and 13th in D-1 overall. Overall, they have conceded 378 yards rushing through 4 games. When it comes to passing yards, the Tigers have conceded 1,111 yards. Opponents are completing 50% of the throws they are attempting against them and averaging 5.6 yards per try.
The last time they took the field, the North Carolina Tar Heels faced the Appalachian State Mountaineers and were defeated 34-31. Leading the way at QB for the Tar Heels was Sam Howell who went 27/41 with 323 yards passing and tossed 3 TD's. He walked away with 2 interceptions in the game. Javonte Williams paced the team in rushing for that contest. His longest run of the day went for 21 yards but he never crossed the endzone by way of the rush. He ran for a total of 94 yards via 16 carries which gave him an average of 5.9 yards per tote. Dazz Newsome was the receiving yardage leader with a tally of 88 yards on 6 receptions. He had an average of 14.7 yards per reception for that contest. The North Carolina Tar Heels ran the ball a total of 40 times and generated 146 yards which had them averaging 3.7 yards per carry. On the day, the Tar Heels had a total of 29 first downs and they had a total of 5 penalties for 40 yards which tells us that they had an average outing in terms of discipline. In the game, they ran 82 plays for a total of 469 yards. In terms of defense, North Carolina gave up 20 completions on 29 throws for a total of 224 yards, and a completion percentage of 69.0%. On the day, they gave up 385 yards and earned 1 turnover. In the running game, the Tar Heels gave up 161 yards on 35 runs allowing their opponent an average of 4.6 yards per run allowed.
The Tar Heels come into this matchup with a record of 2-2. In discussing the offensive production, the Tar Heels have one of the average offenses in college football. North Carolina has built a respectable ground game this year by averaging 156.3 yards on the ground per game, which has them at 72nd in college football. As a unit, they have compiled a total of 625 yards rushing through 4 games, so they will want to continue to try to improve on the run game so opponents will have to respect all facets of the game. The Tar Heels average 418.5 yards per game overall which has them at 63rd in D-1 and 8th in the ACC. The Tar Heels are conceding 25.8 points per contest which puts them at 10th in the ACC and 69th in the nation. Their passing defense is one of the middling groups in college football. They are allowing 222.3 passing yards per game. For yards through the air allowed per game, the Tar Heels are ranked 7th in the ACC. When it comes to points given up, they have allowed 103 total points. In discussing rushing yards, they are giving up 172.5 yards per contest ranking them 91st in Division 1 and 10th in the conference. This season, they have conceded a total of 690 rushing yards and 7.2 rushing touchdowns.
Who will win tonight's Tigers/Tar Heels college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Tar Heels +27.5
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