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Clemson vs. Georgia Tech: Latest Spread Info, BCS Impact, Line and Predictions

CLEMSON, SC - OCTOBER 22:  Sammy Watkins #2 and Dwayne Allen #83 the Clemson Tigers celebrate a second half touchdown against the North Carolina Tar Heels during their game at Memorial Stadium on October 22, 2011 in Clemson, South Carolina.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Michael DixonAnalyst IIIOctober 27, 2011

Two of the ACC's better teams will square off this weekend when the No. 5 Clemson Tigers travel to Atlanta to take on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

A few weeks ago, this looked like it might be an undefeated clash. But while Clemson has remained undefeated, the Yellow Jackets have dropped their last two games.

The Tigers must win to keep their National Championship hopes alive. The Yellow Jackets need to win to keep their hopes alive for an ACC Coastal Championship.

Where: Bobby Dodd Stadium. Atlanta, Georgia

When: Saturday, October 29 at 8 p.m. EDT

Watch: ABC. Streamed live on ESPN3.

Spread

Clemson (-3.5), according to Betus. I really like this number. A 3.5-point spread is not that significant. If you think Clemson will win, you probably think that they are going to win by five points or more.

In this case, you're basically taking the team that you think will win. For me, that's Clemson, and it's not even close.

Over/Under

63.5, according to Betus. You can see my prediction below and see that it's under that number. But I just don't like betting that number in this one.

I'll say under. Georgia Tech is a better team than Clemson has faced recently, so I don't expect the Tigers to hit that number on their own, which they nearly did against North Carolina.

But, while I expect a nice Clemson win, if I had to bet, I would go under 63.5

Key Injuries

Clemson PK Spencer Benton (shoulder) is out.

Clemson LB Tony Steward (knee) is out for the season. 

Georgia Tech S Lance Richardson (undisclosed), and S Fred Holton (Achilles) are out for the year.

Georgia Tech OL Jay Finch (knee), LS Tyler Morgan (undisclosed) and OL Morgan (undisclosed) are questionable.

BCS/Top 25 Poll Implications

As it relates to winning the ACC title or staying ranked, Clemson doesn't need this game. As it relates to winning the National Championship, Clemson must win.

Georgia Tech got off to a great start this year, but lost the last two games. If they win this one, they have a decent chance at getting back into the Top 25.

Keys to Clemson Win

The defense doesn't need to be great, but it can't allow too many points. Clemson's offense will score plenty of points. An average performance from the defense will get them an easy win.

Keys to Georgia Tech Win

They must keep the Clemson offense in line. When the Yellow Jackets are on offense, they can't make any mistakes. The Tigers don't need any help.

Prediction

I like Georgia Tech's team, but I don't see them stacking up to Clemson.

Clemson 37, Georgia Tech 20

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