Clemson Tigers (12-0) vs Pittsburgh Panthers (7-5)Date : 12/01/2018
Time : 8:00 pm EST
Location : Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina
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Clemson Tigers vs Pittsburgh Panthers
The second-ranked Clemson Tigers will face the 24th ranked Pittsburgh Panthers in the ACC Championship game on Saturday night at 8 p.m. Eastern standard time at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Tigers are looking to complete an undefeated season by defeating a Pittsburgh Panther team that slowly came on at the end of the season in capturing the top spot in the Coastal Division en route to participating in the championship matchup. In their last outing, the Tigers were victorious over the Gamecocks of South Carolina in their annual rivalry game at Death Valley by a 56 – 35 score as the Tigers were able to withstand 500 yards passing along with five TD passes from Jake Bentley in which to get the much-needed victory.
On the other hand, the Pittsburgh Panthers ended the season by halting a 4 game winning streak in suffering the 24 – 3 road loss to the Miami Hurricanes in their season finale as the high-powered rushing attack for the Panthers were only allowed to accumulate 64 yards versus a stout Miami Hurricanes defensive front. Nonetheless, Pittsburgh finds themselves in a great position as they will seek to get back on track versus a solid Clemson Tigers team in the championship game in which to end the season on a strong note. These teams have not met since November 12, 2016, when the Panthers pulled off the 43-42 road win over the Tigers as they also covered as 21.5 point road underdogs for the matchup.
Clemson Tigers's Latest Performance :
As stated, the Clemson Tigers have been solid throughout the year as they are ranked second in the nation in yards per game with 540 total while also being ranked 9th in the league in yards allowed with only 290 yards per outing. With that being the case, Clemson will certainly look to come out and dominate the trenches in this matchup while allowing their 12th ranked rushing attack the opportunity to maintain possession throughout the game as they were unstoppable versus the Gamecocks last weekend in rushing for 350 yards total with Travis Etienne leading the way with 150 yards on the day with two touchdowns.
On the other hand, the passing game was also clicking on all cylinders with Trevor Lawrence passing for 353 yards along with a touchdown pass to Tee Higgins, who led the team with 142 yards receiving on the day on 6 catches total. Of course, the defense for Clemson has been just as strong lately as they have allowed opponents to score 20 points or less in four of the last five games to end the season. In all, Clemson will certainly be looking to step up the pressure versus a Pittsburgh team that has become much more one-dimensional than they would like to admit.
Pittsburgh Panthers 's Latest Performance :
Pitt was certainly on a roll before running into a motivated Miami Hurricanes team on the road in their season finale. As a result, they lost their last game of the season after winning four straight games prior as the Hurricanes allowed them to score only three points for the afternoon. The defense for the Pittsburgh Panthers allowed a whopping 293 yards rushing to the Hurricanes on the night as Travis Homer led the team with 168 yards rushing along with a TD. Interesting enough, the Panthers held the ball for nearly 35 minutes for the ball game yet only converted one of 15 third downs for the day en route to only putting up a total of 200 yards total in the loss.
Kenny Pickett and the passing game were non-existent as well as the quarterback threw for only 130 yards while Rafael Araujo-Lopes led the receiving corps with 61 yards total in the loss. As stated, the defense certainly let the Panthers down in this game, however, the offense was just as dismal as one could chalk this up as being simply a bad night at the office for Pittsburgh. However, they must be sure to bring their A game versus the Clemson Tigers as they are certainly a team on a mission in which two accumulate yet another national championship, starting with an ACC Championship this weekend.
How Clemson Tigers & Pittsburgh Panthers Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Clemson is 6 – 6 ATS while the OU is 6 – 6
Pittsburgh is 5 – 7 ATS while the OU is 5 – 7
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
The Panthers passing attack is ranked 117th in the country in 2018 while their rushing attack is ranked 17th in the nation. With that being the case, look for the Pittsburgh Panthers to certainly attempt to rev up their rushing game once more after a disastrous outing versus the Hurricanes to where they could not move the ball, at all. On the other hand, look for the Tigers to really attempt to stuff the rushing attack for the Panthers in this matchup in which to allow for Pickett to beat them with his legs and arm. In all, look for both teams to play chess with each other all game long as this will be a very important game for both universities.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Pittsburgh Panthers + 24.5
My reason for the pick :
I will back the Pittsburgh Panthers in this matchup as I feel as if they have a very solid defense that will neutralize the Clemson offense just enough in which to keep the game within reach. The problem for the Panthers is that if their rushing game happens to be a bit subpar during a contest, their passing game will likely suffer. In other words, Pickett will not win games alone, as he certainly needs the team’s ability to pick up yards within the rushing attack in which to be much more effective. In all, things will not work in this way versus a Clemson Tiger defense that is very aggressive and opportunistic. Expect for the Tigers to pull away late in the game while coming out with the victory, yet, the Pittsburgh Panthers will indeed cash in on the spread at the game’s conclusion.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
I will back the under in this matchup in that you have two defenses in Cleveland and Pittsburgh that has really played well throughout the year. With that being said, look for this to be a low-scoring and competitive contest throughout as both offenses will serve to put some points on the board, yet, no team will be able to pull away until late. The under is indeed the strong play in this matchup as the Clemson Tiger defense will certainly lock down an inconsistent offense for the Panthers while the Panthers will do all it can in which to limit the opportunities for the Tigers, yet to no avail.
Betting trends for Clemson Tigers:
- Under is 3-0-1 in Tigers last 4 games after allowing more than 280 yards passing in their previous game.
Under is 4-0 in Tigers last 4 games after accumulating more than 450 total yards in their previous game.
Tigers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games after accumulating more than 450 total yards in their previous game.
Betting trends for Pittsburgh Panthers :
- Panthers are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games after accumulating less than 170 yards passing in their previous game.
Under is 3-0-1 in Panthers last 4 games after accumulating less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game.
Panthers are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games after accumulating less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game.