The unbeaten Clemson Tigers visit the Florida State Seminoles in a matchup of Top 12 teams on Saturday on ABC. The Tigers are ranked 3rd in the country while the Seminoles are ranked 12th. The Tigers are primed to make the College Football Playoff and finish the season unbeaten but they have one more roadblock in their way as they visit the Seminoles in Tallahassee. Let’s look at the contest and free college football picks.
This game in Week 9 of the regular season is set for Saturday, October 29, 2016, at 8:00 pm Eastern on ABC
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Clemson Tigers -4.5, 60
Clemson vs. Florida State
This game is critical to Clemson as they look to make the College Football Playoff but it is not a key one in the ACC Atlantic division race as Clemson likely has that locked up while the Seminoles are out of contention. That doesn’t mean this game is not important to Florida State as they are still looking to win 10 games for the fifth straight season and they would love to knock Clemson from the ranks of the unbeaten.
“We have to take that next step in the second half of the season, and go play some good football.” running back Dalvin Cook said, “I think guys have realized that, and our minds are shifted to this second half of the season.”
Since 2009, the winner of this game has gone on to play in the ACC title game and the winner of this game has gone to the College Football Playoff or played for the national title in the last three years. Florida State could still move up in the polls with a win over Clemson and reaching the College Football Playoff is not impossible.
“There are still a lot of matchups left to play,” head coach Jimbo Fisher said, “It could happen. … It shows every week you have to be ready to play.”
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The Tigers have lost eight fumbles and thrown eight interceptions this season so they could have trouble if they turn the ball over on Saturday against FSU.
Clemson has had a lot of trouble on the road in this series losing 11 of the last 12 in Tallahassee.
The Tigers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings at Florida State. The Tigers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games. The Tigers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in October. The Seminoles are 7-2 ATS at the best betting sites in their last 9 games on grass.
The Over is 6-1 in the Tigers last 7 games in October. The Over is 5-2 in the Tigers last 7 road games. The Under is 5-1 in the Seminoles last 6 conference games. The Under is 13-6 in the Seminoles last 19 home games. The Over is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings at Florida State.
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Who do you trust? Do you trust the Tigers laying points on the road or do you trust Florida State’s defense to stop the Tigers? I will avoid a side and just take the game over the total at the best online sportsbook.