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Saturday's ACC game between Boston College and Clemson is for all the marbles in the ACC Atlantic Division, and it matches a red-hot team against a struggling one.



2007-11-19

Saturday's ACC game between Boston College and Clemson is for all the marbles in the ACC Atlantic Division, and it matches a red-hot team against a struggling one.

Amazingly, the struggling club is once unbeaten and second ranked B.C., losers of back-to-back games since the 8-0 start. Clemson has surged to four straight outright and ATS wins, scoring 47.8 PPG in the process. The Tigers have been dominant at home, averaging 41 PPG while going 5-1 SU & 3-2 ATS. They are 7-2 ATS in home finales. Boston College is 4-0 ATS vs. the Tigers in recent meetings a 5-1 ATS in second of back-to-back road games.

Boston College is still very much in contention for ACC title and can take a step closer on foreign soil. The Eagles have not been all that impressive since earlier October, winning games by less then expected margins. After the Notre Dame game, they were exposed in lacking the foot speed of some of the other conference teams. Boston College football has always been about beef and brawn, unfortunately if they can't substantiate that edge, they will struggle against quicker teams. Coach Jeff Jagodzinski knows his team can still have a splendid season if they just win out.

Clemson went away in mid-season in typical Tommy Bowden fashion with a pair of losses, yet after an extra week of practice, the Tigers have roared into the second half of the schedule. QB Cullen Harper is the second-rated signal caller in the league behind Matt Ryan at over 240 yards passing per game. The O-Line took time to gel and since the running tandem of James Davis and C.J. Spiller has moved up to third in the ACC in rushing. Tigers defense could cause B.C. problems, as they are tops in the conference in pass defense and have given up less then 10 TD tosses.

Key Trend Clemson is 7-2 ATS to close out home schedule.

This might be the second best game of the day with what is at stake and how competitive this league has been. Boston College is 4-0 ATS against the Tigers in recent meetings a 5-1 ATS in second of two consecutive road engagements. Prediction Clemson by 2


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