Florida State Seminoles(0-0) -3.5, O/U 45.5 vs. Clemson Tigers (0-0), 8:00 p.m. Eastern Monday, September 3, 2007 on ESPN.
by Jerald of Predictem.com
The Florida State Seminoles come into this game with 6 returning offensive starters and 8 returning defensive starters from the 2006 team that went 7-6 and defeated to UCLA 44-27 in the Emerald Bowl.
The Clemson Tigers return 4 starters on offense and 7 starters on defense from the 2006 team that posted a 8-5 record and finished with a 28-20 loss to Kentucky against in the Music City Bowl.
Clemson defeated Florida State in Tallahassee last season by a score of 27-20. Clemson is 6-1 against the spread in the last 7 games played against Florida State at home; however, Florida State has won 5 of those games straight up.
In 2006 the Florida State offense averaged 96 yards rushing (3.45 yards per rush) and 226 yards passing while scoring an average of 25.1 points per game. The Florida State defense gave up an average of 84 yards rushing (2.61 yards per rush) and 195 yards passing while giving up 19.2 points per game in 2006.
In 2006 the Clemson offense averaged 225 yards rushing (5.75 yards per rush) and 187 yards passing while scoring an average of 33.8 points per game. The Clemson defense gave up an average of 103 yards rushing (2.93 yards per rush) and 167 yards passing while giving up 15.2 points per game in 2006.
The Sagarin PREDICTOR ratings at USAToday.com rank the Seminoles at 18th at 83.84. Clemson ranks 27th at 80.67.
The Predictem Pick:
Florida State had what for them was a disappointing season and they brought in a number of new coaches including a new offensive coordinator. Clemson returns a strong running game and that fits into our system of backing teams that are good rushing teams getting points at home. We suggest a wager on the Tigers plus the points.
Clemson 24 Florida State 21
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