The Clemson Tigers are one win away from earning another college bowl appearance in college football.
It hasn’t been the easiest of seasons. In fact, there’s been a lot of turmoil in Clemson. The Tigers have been a dynasty for years under Dabo Swinney. But this year, they’ve lost four games, including matchups against Duke, Miami, and North Carolina State.
But with a 31-23 win over Notre Dame, Clemson has its fanbase hopping back on the bandwagon.
They’ll take on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in Memorial Stadium on Saturday. Georgia Tech has won two straight games and is also one win away from bowl eligibility.
Is it safe to say that the Clemson Tigers are too good at home?
With Clemson sitting as a 14.5-point favorite, it seems unlikely that Georgia Tech can pull off the upset. Meanwhile, the total is currently at 55.5.
We’ve added our own Georgia Tech vs Clemson CFB prediction for Saturday’s ACC matchup featured on ABC.
Location: Memorial Stadium
Georgia Tech vs Clemson CFB Prediction
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets have earned back-to-back covers for the first time this NCAAF season. Georgia Tech earned a 46-42 win over North Carolina to finish October as a 12-point underdog. After that, they earned a 45-17 win against Virginia on the road as a 1-point underdog.
The Yellow Jackets have covered against the spread in five of nine games. However, the total has hit the Over in seven of nine games in Georgia Tech games this year.
Meanwhile, Clemson is 3-6 against the spread. After losing three straight against the spread, the Tigers finally earned a cover against Notre Dame as three-point underdogs. Clemson won that game, 31-23 at home.
The Tigers have gone 1-3 on the road but are 4-1 at home. They’ll be home in this one.
On the other hand, the total has reached the Under in five of nine games for Clemson this year.
Still, Georgia Tech hasn’t defeated Clemson since 2014. Clemson is on an eight-game winning streak against Georgia Tech. They’ve also covered in six of those eight games, with one of those games being a push.
Georgia Tech Still Has A Path To The ACC Championship
This isn’t likely. However, Georgia Tech, at 5-4 on the season, still has a chance to compete for the ACC Championship.
Although the Yellow Jackets are near .500 this season, they’re 4-2 in ACC play. The conference games are all that matter when it comes to competing for the conference championship.
Georgia Tech would need to win its remaining two ACC games against Clemson and Syracuse. After that, the Yellow Jackets would need Louisville to lose its last two ACC games. They’d also need Duke, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, North Carolina State, and Boston College to each lose one more game.
Duke and North Carolina play each other this weekend. One of those NCAAF teams will lose.
So, it’s unlikely, Georgia Tech still has a path to the ACC Championship game.
Will Shipley’s Return
The all-ACC running back, Will Shipley, is expected to return to the lineup this weekend against Georgia Tech. Shipley was held out of last week’s win against Notre Dame due to a concussion sustained in the previous game against North Carolina State.
Phil Mafah backed him up against Notre Dame and rushed for 186 yards and two touchdowns. That production was better than Shipley has in any game this season.
But unless there’s a major setback, you can expect Shipley to get the bulk of the carries moving forward.
This season, Shipley has rushed 112 times for 515 yards, while Mafah has added 109 carries for 625 yards. Combined, they’ve run for over 200 times with more than 1,100 yards on the ground.
Having that duo back in full force should be a game-changer for Clemson down the stretch.
We’ll give out our Georgia Tech vs Clemson CFB prediction below.
Is Georgia Tech Underrated?
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets lost to Bowling Green and Boston College at home this season. Expectations were pretty low after those games. But Georgia Tech has now earned back-to-back wins against North Carolina and Virginia, scoring at least 46 points in each game.
The offense is led by Haynes King, who has thrown 22 touchdowns and 10 interceptions this season. But he also has a 76.9 QBR, with 2,330 yards passing. He’s been tremendous and has legitimate experience from his time at Texas A&M.
However, he’ll take on a Clemson defense that is still super challenging. The Tigers have a dominant secondary and really clog up running lanes well.
On the other hand, Clemson’s quarterback, Cade Klubnik, hasn’t played as well. He’s thrown for 14 touchdowns and six interceptions but has made major mistakes in significant moments. Still, the running game, as mentioned above, has been tremendous.
Georgia Tech’s secondary will play well, while the run defense should at least limit big plays. But ultimately, both teams should have success on offense in this one.