Clemson Tigers (1-0) vs Texas A&M Aggies (1-0)Date : 09/08/2018
Time : 7:00 pm EST
Location : Kyle Field, College Station, Texas
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Clemson Tigers vs Texas A&M Aggies
A big road test for 2nd ranked Clemson Tigers await at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas, as they will battle the Aggies of Texas A&M on 9-8-2018 beginning at 7 pm EST. The last time these two teams met dates to 9-3-2005 when the Tigers would get the 25-24 victory at home to where they would cover the spread as dogs +3.5 while the under was the play with the total being set at 49.5 points. In their last outing, however, the Tigers would cruise to a 48-7 victory over the Furman Paladins on 9-1-2018 as they would not cover the spread (-50) while the under was the play with totals being set at 60.5 for the matchup. The Aggies, on the other hand, would cash in on the spread (-46.5) in their opener against Northwestern State on 8-30-2018 by a 59-7 score while the total was off for the contest. Again, the Aggies will be looking to make a statement at home in this game while the Tigers will be looking to defend their 2nd place ranking by playing well in what will surely be a hostile environment.
Clemson Tigers's Latest Performance :
The Tigers would also roll in week 1 against Furman as they would outscore the Paladins 27-0 in the first half en route to the 48-7 blowout victory last Saturday. The Tigers O would rack up 277 yards passing along with 243 rushing yards on 23 first downs. Kelly Bryant was 10 of 16 for 127 yards and a TD while Trevor Lawrence would have 3 TD’s for the Tigers on 9 for 15 passing with 137 yards total. Traveis Etienne would pace the rushing attack with 64 yards on 11 attempts with a TD while Lyn-J Dixon (6 rushes, 89 yards) and Bryant (5 rushes, 58 yards, TD) would also step up for the ground attack in the win. Amari Rodgers (3 rec, 44 yards, TD), Braden Galloway (3 rec, 34 yards, TD), Justyn Ross (2 rec, 16 yards, TD), and Diondre Overton (2 rec, 10 yards, TD) would also score the contest for Clemson as well. The defensive unit was stout as they allowed only 46 yards passing along with 117 yards rushing on 13 first downs. Christian Wilkins would lead the unit with 6 tackles while K’Von Wallace and Isiah Simmons would each have 4 tackles apiece for the Tigers.
Texas A&M Aggies's Latest Performance :
The Aggies would outscore Northwestern State 35-0 in the first half en route to an easy outing on last Saturday as they would pick up 40 total first downs with 255 passing yards along with 503 yards rushing for the game. Kellen Mond would lead the offense as he would go 17 of 25 for 184 yards and 2 TD’s while rushing for a TD as well. Backup Nick Starkel would also throw a TD in the game while Traveon Williams would have a great day rushing with 240 yards on 24 carries along with 3 TD’s. Kwanme Etwi would rush for 83 yards on 8 attempts with a TD while Jace Sternberger would have 5 catches for 56 yards and 2 scores in the victory. Jalen Preston would also catch a 14-yard TD catch for the Aggies. The Defense would hold Northwestern State to 230 yards passing and only 21 yards rushing on 13 first downs. Buddy Johnson would lead the attack with 3 tackles for the game while Tyrell Dobson and Travon Fuller would have 2 tackles apiece in the win.
How Clemson Tigers & Texas A&M Aggies Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Texas A&M is 1-0 ATS while the O/U is 0-0
Clemson is 0-1 ATS while the O/U is 0-1
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This will certainly be a game to watch for all. Here you have a Clemson team looking to make yet another run at the playoffs with the Aggies in their way. It would be important to note that Clemson will certainly be in a loud atmosphere at Kyle Field, however, the experience that they possess at the skill positions will certainly do them well in this matchup. The Aggies, on the other hand, will certainly look to push the issue in this game after a promising outing, albeit against competition not comparable to that of the Tigers.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Clemson Tigers -12.5
My reason for the pick :
While the Aggies will put up a great battle against the 2nd ranked team in the nation, they will eventually fall at home in this matchup due to Clemson being so experienced in their approach to their game plan on both sides. Of course, they may have to deal with some hiccups early on, yet, this will not stop them from getting big plays when they are needed. In all, the Tigers will indeed cover he spread on the road against what will surely be a motivated Texas A&M squad on Saturday as they will fade late.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under 54
My reason for the prediction :
What you will likely see in this matchup is a Clemson team that will be looking to control the line of scrimmage on a tough Aggie team in which to set the pace of the game early. The problem for them will be that the Aggies will fight as well in this matchup, thus allowing the teams to be stingy as it relates to points early on. Nonetheless, the offense will certainly get cranked up at some point and some TD’s will be scored, however, look for this to be a defensive-minded matchup to where both teams will look to lock down the opposing offense, thus allowing the game to remain close.
Betting trends for Clemson Tigers:
- Under is 4-0 in Tigers last 4 games after allowing less than 170 yards passing in their previous game
- Under is 4-0 in Tigers last 4 games after allowing less than 275 total yards in their previous game
- Under is 4-0-1 in Tigers last 5 games following an ATS loss.
Betting trends for Texas A&M Aggies:
- Aggies are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games
- Over is 4-0 in Aggies last 4 games after accumulating more than 450 total yards in their previous game
- Over is 4-0 in Aggies last 4 home games.