Georgia Tech vs Clemson Picks and Predictions: An Orange Wreck

Don't ask why — we know the how — but Clemson just LOVES punishing Georgia Tech. Dabo Swinney's squad welcomes the Yellow Jackets as massive college football betting chalk this weekend and, as is now an annual tradition, we expect a blowout.

Last Updated: Sep 17, 2021 10:32 AM ET Read Time: 4 min
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Clemson’s march through the ACC will begin with perhaps its easiest conference game, favored by four touchdowns against Georgia Tech.

Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney has no known reason to actively dislike Georgia Tech but his approach to dismantling the Ramblin’ Wreck the last three seasons suggests Swinney has a personal vendetta to settle. There is little reason to think he will change his ways this weekend.

Here are our free college football picks and predictions for Georgia Tech vs. Clemson on Saturday, September 18, with kickoff set for 3:30 p.m. ET.

Georgia Tech vs Clemson odds

Odds via the Covers Line, an average comprised of odds from multiple sportsbooks.

The hook on the fourth touchdown proved too much for most betters, as this line opened at -28.5, briefly dabbled with -29, and then settled midweek at -28. All the while the total was inching upward from an opening number of 51.5 to eventually cresting at 52.5 at the time of writing. Use the live odds widget above to track any future line movements right up until kickoff and be sure to check out the full college football odds before placing your bets.

Georgia Tech vs Clemson picks

Picks made on 9/17/2021 at 3:40 a.m. ET.
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Georgia Tech vs Clemson game info

Location: Memorial Stadium, Clemson, SC
Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021
Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
TV: ABC

Georgia Tech vs Clemson betting preview

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Key injuries

Georgia Tech: Jeff Sims QB (Questionable), Leo Blackburn WR (Out).
Clemson: Nolan Turner S (Questionable), Mason Trotter OL (Questionable), Tayquon Johnson OL (Out), Dietrick Pennington OL (Out), John Williams OL (Out), Lannden Zanders S (Out).
Find our latest NCAA football injury reports.

Betting trend to know

Clemson is 5-0-1 ATS in its last six meetings with Georgia Tech. Find more NCAA betting trends for Georgia Tech vs. Clemson.

Georgia Tech vs Clemson predictions

This is a simple talent mismatch — and it has been for years. The Tigers have won their last three games against the Yellow Jackets... By an average score of 58-14.

Clemson may not have Trevor Lawrence anymore, but DJ Uiagalelei will present just as many problems for Georgia Tech’s defense.

Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney does not necessarily try to run up the score, but he has tended to do so against the Yellow Jackets even more than most FCS opponents the last few years. Including last week’s 49-3 win against South Carolina State, Clemson has beaten four FCS foes by an average margin of 51.25-6 since 2018.

In 2020, the Tigers led Georgia Tech 52-7 at halftime and still scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Four Clemson quarterbacks saw action and nine individual players reached the end zone. In 2019, the Tigers led 28-0 at halftime and poured on 10 points in the final frame. Two Clemson quarterbacks enjoyed the heyday while five players scored touchdowns. And in 2018, the Tigers struggled to a mere 28-7 lead at halftime and added just one touchdown in the fourth quarter, though three quarterbacks still saw time and five players scored.

Clemson does not know how to ease up against Georgia Tech.

If the four-touchdown spread is too rich for your blood, there is a clear precedent to expect the Tigers to jump out to a healthy lead before the break. More recently, Clemson led 35-3 at halftime against SC State last week, so the Tigers covering the first-half spread of -17 (-120) is certainly in play too.

This is simply continuing the expectation that Clemson will pile on Geoff Collins’ woebegone Yellow Jackets.

If the Tigers defense gives up a single touchdown — a decent possibility given Georgia Tech has actually improved its skill position players, including sophomore running back Jahmyr Gibbs (who scored four touchdowns of 20+ yards in a truncated freshman season) — then this Over should be assured by a few garbage-time touchdowns by the team with a massive lead, as has been Clemson’s tradition in this annual rout.

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