Clemson (6-0, 3-0) at Miami FL (4-2, 1-1)
When: Saturday, October 24th, 2015
Where: Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL
Time: 12:00 ET | TV: ABC
The top two passing offenses in the ACC meet in Miami for a key matchup as the Hurricanes host the Clemson Tigers in an early Noon kickoff. Clemson will try and keep pace with undefeated Florida State in the ACC Atlantic Division. The Tigers will be playing just their second road game of the year, but will be away from home in four of their final six games starting today. Their lone road game was their toughest in which they beat Louisville 20-17 on a Thursday night. Quarterback DeShaun Watson earned ACC offensive player of the week honors after completing 27-of-41 passes for 420 yards and 3 touchdowns in last week’s 34-17 win over Boston College. Watson has thrown for 685 yards while completing 67.6 percent of his attempts the past two games. While Clemson scores over 35 points a game, its their defense that gives opponents problems. They are ranked 10th nationally allowing only 282.7 yards a game and 14th in points allowed with 16.7. This will be the Tigers toughest game to date outside of Notre Dame, with N.C. State up next, then the showdown with Florida State.
Brad Kaaya, last season’s ACC rookie of the year, passed for 296 yards and 2 touchdowns last week in Miami’s win over Virginia Tech and is averaging 300 yards passing per game – tops in the ACC. Wide Receiver Rashawn Scott caught two touchdown passes last week and is ranked second in the league with 74.3 yards receiving per game. On defense, the Hurricanes own the best turnover margin in the nation at plus-13 but suffered a key blow in last week’s victory when linebacker Raphael Kirby – the team’s leading tackler – suffered a lower extremity injury that will sideline him for the rest of the season. Cornerback Artie Burns intercepted two passes last week and has five on the season, tops in the conference and tied for third nationally. Miami still has a shot at winning the ACC Coastal Division, but a loss today would really put them out of it.
Clemson is look real good this year, but like I mentioned above, this is only their second road game. Miami is 3-0 at home with wins over Virginia Tech and Nebraska. I think the ‘Canes keep it close, but Clemson wins.
Pick: Miami +7