Georgia Tech can clinch a tie for the ACC’s Coastal Division with a win at Clemson, but the Yellow Jackets are double-digit road underdogs to get the job done Thursday night. The Tigers have won of nine of 10 but have no shot in the Atlantic Division.
They do have a shot at a good bowl game, and that is important motivation.
Point spread: Clemson opened as 10-point home favorites; the total was 59 late Tuesday. (Line updates and matchup report)
Odds Shark computer says: 44-40 Clemson
Why Georgia Tech can cover the spread
The Yellow Jackets are motivated to clinch a divisional tie and will need help to earn a trip to the ACC title game. Giving the Wreck 10.5 points to play with at the sportsbook window is tempting. They are due to correct an ugly 1-9 SU run as a road underdog, and conference action is the place to make it happen.
They are 8-3-1 ATS in a dozen conference games, according to Odds Shark.
Why Clemson can cover the spread
Clemson is out of the ACC title picture but still in the hunt for an important bowl game. Pride dictates the Tigers will come hard here against Georgia Tech. They have put up 99 points in two games since that home rout at the hands of Florida State and are expected to score big again.
Differing motivations color this matchup, which doesn’t have the same conference feel to it with the Tigers on the outside looking in. The computer picks a sky-high 44-40 win for Clemson, but expect less scoring than that and a statement win for the bowl committees by the Tigers.
- Clemson is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games.
- Georgia Tech 1-9 SU past 10 games as road dog.