Clemson Tigers @ Boston College Eagles Pick: The best chance the ACC Conference has of sending a team to the Play Off has to be seeing Clemson Tigers go undefeated and their best remaining test perhaps comes in Week 11.
This week they face the Boston College Eagles on the road and a win for the home team will actually put them in pole position to reach the Championship Game ahead of Clemson. In that situation I can't see how the Play Off Committee could have the Tigers over any one loss team from either the Big Ten or Big 12 Conferences and so there is plenty of pressure on the shoulders of the Clemson players this week.
The layers aren't taking any chances though with the Tigers set as a big favourite on the road and recent form suggests they will be able to cover. I am not disrespecting a very good Boston College team who are 7-2 for the season and 4-1 in the Conference knowing if they win out in the ACC they will be playing in the Championship Game against all the odds.
Boston College's performances means the public are quite split on the spread and that is only a good thing when I favour a favourite as I do with the powerful Tigers.
In the last two games between these schools, Clemson have won by 46 points and 27 points and the Tigers have moved to another level after scraping past the Syracuse Orange by winning their next four games by at least 34 points per game.
Both Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne have thrived at Quarter Back and Running Back respectively and the balance of the Tigers Offensive unit makes them very dangerous. The Eagles Defensive unit have been very good throughout the season, but they are going to be challenged in a way they have rarely been challenged and the defeat to Purdue Boilermakers gives me some insight into how much success the Clemson Tigers will have, especially as they are stronger than Purdue in most aspects of the Offense.
What has made Clemson so successful this season is that their Defensive unit is able to also step up and make sure the Offensive players don't need to score too many points to win games. That relaxation has allowed the Offense to explode in the last four games and it is going to be tough for the Boston College Eagles to really challenge the Tigers when they have the ball.
You know you are going to get a lot of running from the Eagles as they look to establish the ground game, but this Tigers Defensive Line has really played at a high level. It is going to make it very difficult for the Eagles to consistently move the chains and once they are in a position where they have to throw the ball to stay with the Tigers I think Clemson take over this game completely.
The road team has gone 5-1 against the spread in the last six of this series and though I am impressed with some of the trends which favour Boston College, I think the Clemson Tigers could have a stand out win this week to underline their Play Off credentials.
Illinois Fighting Illini + 17.5 Points @ 1.91 Bet Victor (1 Unit)
Ohio State Buckeyes - 3.5 Points @ 1.95 Bet Fred (1 Unit)
Clemson Tigers - 18.5 Points @ 1.91 Bet Victor (1 Unit)