College Football Primetime
5th CLEMSON(3-0) vs GEORGIA TECH (3-0)
Fifth-ranked Clemson survived two weeks of underwhelming performances before returning to its dominant ways last week. The Tigers can’t afford another subpar effort when they visit Georgia Tech for an ACC showdown on Thursday night College Football Primetime (Enter Contests). Last year’s national finalist will put their 18-game regular-season winning streak on the line as they aim for their first victory at Georgia Tech since 2003.
After squeaking out a six-point victory in their first two games, the Tigers routed South Carolina State 59-0 last week and put up predictably impressive numbers in the process. They’ve outgained the Bulldogs 555-102 in total yards. Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback Deshaun Watson (692 passing yards, seven touchdowns, three interceptions) hasn’t done much damage on the ground thus far this season. Running back Wayne Gallman (197 rushing yards, two TDs) hasn’t had much rushing action ether collecting 74 yards over the past two games. He ran for 123 yards in the season opener against Auburn. Clemson’s defense has picked up exactly where it left off last year. They ranks eighth in the nation for total defense (250 yards per game) and 11th for scoring defense (12.3 points per game). Clemson is having a short week to prepare against the Yellow Jackets’ option attack. Dabo Swinney’s team racked up 537 total yards in a 43-24 home victory over Georgia Tech a year ago, a game the Yellow Jackets would like to forget.
The Yellow Jackets’ option attack has been in high gear in the last two games. They’ve rolled up a total of 955 yards in their lopsided wins over Mercer and Vanderbilt. Quarterback Justin Thomas (169 rushing yards, one touchdown; 335 passing yards, one TD) is the catalyst for this team’s offense, though running back Dedrick Mills (126 yards, four TDs) has also done some damage and Clinton Lynch (116 yards on nine carries) is a big-play threat as well. The Yellow Jackets have allowed 305 total yards per game but have been a bend-don’t-break unit, giving up only 10.3 points per game. It’s the seventh-fewest total points given in the nation.