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How and what to watch for No. 4 Clemson vs. Florida State

Clemson is looking to get back on track after its first regular season loss in what seems like 37 years

Running back Travis Etienne of the Clemson Tigers drops a pass as safety Shaun Crawford of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish defends in the second quarter at Notre Dame Stadium on November 7, 2020 in South Bend, Indiana. Photo by Matt Cashore-Pool/Getty Images

The 7-1 Clemson Tigers are looking to keep its College Football Playoff hopes alive on Saturday afternoon down in Tallahassee against the 2-6 Florida State Seminoles.

The Tigers will surely be looking to show the nation that its still the dominant force they’ve come to expect over the last few seasons. Quarterback Trevor Lawrence will be back after missing the last two games because of COVID-19 protocols. The Tigers are ranked 4th in SP+ as a team and are in the top 10 both offensively and defensively using the same metric. They’ll be taking on an FSU team that gives up a lot of points, more than 36 per game. Lawrence might be a tad rusty after missing two games and having an idle week thrown in there. But it shouldn’t matter, as he’s arguably the best signal-caller in the nation. Expect a heavy dose of running back Travis Etienne to start the game as Lawrence gets comfortable. He should tear up a Seminole defense that allows nearly 200 yards rushing each week.

Florida State hasn’t scored more than 22 points in the last month, they’ll probably need to score double that if they want to have a chance against Clemson. The Tigers defense is only allowing 19.5 points per game and have had some time to get healthy after missing some key players over the last few weeks. Quarterback Jordan Travis is leading the team in passing and rushing, so that doesn’t necessarily bode well going up against a top 10 defense, especially when its fighting for its national title hopes.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch No. 4 Clemson vs. Florida State on Saturday, November 21st at 12:00 p.m. ET on ABC, or you can stream it via this link with a cable or streaming service login.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Clemson (-35) vs. Florida State
Point Total: 64.5
Money line: Clemson vs. Florida State N/A

  • Despite the high ranking and blowout wins, Clemson is just 2-7 ATS in its last nine games
  • The Tiger offense is powerful though, hitting the over in five of its last six games
  • Florida State has had a hard time straight up and against the spread this season. The ‘Noles are 2-9 ATS in its last 11
  • The friendly confines of Doak Campbell Stadium don’t help either, FSU is just 1-4 ATS in its last five games at home.

Betting splits

Clemson: (67% of handle, 56% percent of bets)
Florida State: (33% of handle, 44% percent of bets)

The Best Bet

Clemson is still out to show the country that they deserve a spot at the top of the CFP rankings. Now that the team is back healthy and have Lawrence back, they should light up the scoreboard.

Pick: Over 64.5

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