Clemson Football: Week 5 picks against the spread
Not off to the best of starts this season. Another week going 2-2 makes me 4-4 on the young season. I guess that is what I get for riding with UofSC. No worries, with a road trip to Florida looming this weekend, Will Muschamp won’t have to worry about screwing the pooch late in the fourth quarter.
Anyways, on to this weeks games, and to hoping I can get back above the .500 mark.
Virginia Tech (-10.5) at Duke:
Poor Chase Brice. The Dookies are just awful. Not that he was all that great in last week’s loss to UVA, throwing four picks in the loss. This week the Hokies come to town and the Blue Devils are staring 0-4 right in the eye. Virginia Tech was impressive last week. They dominated Dave Doeren’s Wolfpack and did so missing more than 20 players and with a backup quarterback. Justin Fuente wasn’t even sure they would be able to play at one point. This does not bode well for Duke….. Hokies -10.5
South Carolina at #3 Florida (-17.5):
Being gutless won’t be an issue for Will Muschamp this weekend. The Gators are good, maybe even playoff good. That offense was explosive last week against Ole Miss and while the defense had some issues, it was week one against a team running a brand new offense. This week, that Gator defense will look much better. Whether it is because they’re not as bad as they looked or because UofSC’s offense is just that bad, it won’t matter. Florida wins big….. Florida (-17.5)
#7 Auburn at #4 Georgia (-6.5):
Quarterback JT Daniels is finally cleared for Georgia and just in the nick of time. The Dawgs couldn’t complete a forward pass last week until D’Wan Mathis was yanked in favor of Stetson Bennett, and that was against lowly Arkansas. This week Auburn and new offensive coordinator Chad Morris come to town in what could possibly be an early elimination game. This one has the makings of a lower scoring and close, defensive battle, and I am going with the quarterback who has actually started an SEC game in his career…. Auburn +6.5
Virginia at #1 Clemson (-28):
Make no mistake, Clemson is going to win. However, this spread just feels a little bit big. Virginia has some good receivers. Big receivers. And Clemson’s secondary has struggled in its first two games. Virginia, plays solid, sound defense, and they do not do things to beat themselves. The Tigers are going to be pushed at times in this one. That doesn’t mean the game will be close, but I do think the Cavaliers get the back door cover….. Virginia +28