College Football Week 10 continues on Saturday night and we will see the Clemson Tigers travel to Durham, North Carolina to take on the Duke Blue Devils. The game is scheduled for a 7:00 PM (Eastern) start time and it will be televised live on ESPN 2. Currently the odds for the game have Clemson favored by 12.5 points, while the total sits at 66. Currently 83% of the Public is on Clemson, while 92% is on the Over. Check out Sportsbook Spy to find out what side the Public is taking on all today's games.
Free Analysis: The Tigers have had a few extra days to rest up following last Thursday's 42-13 rout of Wake Forest. With the win, Dabo Swinney's squad moved to 4-1 in conference play, just a half game behind Florida State in the ACC's Atlantic Division standings. Quarterback Tajh Boyd had a huge day against Wake Forest, passing for a school-record 428 yards and five touchdowns. All-American wideout Sammy Watkins became the first player in school history to go over 200 yards receiving in the game, finishing with 202. On the season, Boyd is the orchestrator of an offense that is putting up 498.0 yards of total offense, including 317.6 yards per game passing. Boyd has completed an efficient 67.7 percent of his throws, for 2,336 yards, with 20 TDs. Despite his eye-popping stats against Wake Forest, Watkins (32 receptions, 404 yards, one TD) has been overshadowed in the receiving corps by DeAndre Hopkins (58 receptions, 909 yards, 10 TDs) who has played at an All- American level. Balance is a key to Clemson's success and tailback Andre Ellington provides that, rumbling for 754 yards thus far on 5.0 yards per carry, with seven TDs. Clemson's defense has had moments of strong play, like last week against Wake Forest, but inconsistency has plagued the unit for the most part. The team is allowing a generous 421.1 yards of total offense per game, showing itself to be particularly vulnerable to the run (183.3 ypg).
David Cutcliffe is enjoying the best season the Blue Devils have had under his reign and the best season since 1994 overall. Duke is 6-3 overall on the season and 3-2 in-conference, good for a first-place tie with Miami and North Carolina in the Coastal Division. The team took on the Seminoles last weekend in Tallahassee, but came up real short in a 48-7 lopsided loss. Despite a poor offensive showing against Florida State last week, the Blue Devils have actually been quite productive on that side of the ball this season, averaging 31.9 ppg. A lot of that comes from a passing attack that generates 271.6 yards per game. Quarterback Sean Renfree has spearheaded that attack, completing 68.9 percent of his throws, for 1,885 yards, with 11 TDs. However, Renfree was injured against FSU and is questionable for this week's game. Anthony Boone would get the start if Renfree was unable to go. Boone has had success this season in a limited role. Regardless of who is under center, the top targets downfield remain the same in wideouts Conner Vernon (54 receptions, 761 yards, five TDs), the ACC's all- time leader in receptions, and Jamison Crowder (53 receptions, 645 yards, five TDs). Duke's defense forced four FSU turnovers last week, but the squad needs to do that on a regular basis to become competitive against the upper echelon in the league. The Blue Devils are yielding 30.0 ppg this year, on 414.7 yards of total offense.
Free Pick: I will be going with the Clemson tigers in this one. Duke had a nice run vs lesser competition but their closing stretch has not been easy as they come in having lost 2 of their last 3 and in those two losses they have been outscored by 31 ppg. Now they face a Clemson team that is on a roll having have won their last 4 in a row and each win has been by at least 14 points. What's scary for the ACC is that this high powered offense has now been aided by a defense that has allowed just 30 points in their last 2 weeks, compared to allowing 27.3 ppg in their first 6 games. The Clemson offense comes in as one of the better in the ACC, averaging 498 ypg and 41 ppg and will be taking on a Duke defense that is wilting down the stretch, allowing 499.7 ypg and 39.7 ppg in their last 3 games. Their is no way this defense will slow down the Tigers enough to keep this one close. Clemson by 17+ here.
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