There's not much more that can be said about the Clemson Tigers this season. They're number one for a reason. They have the country's best quarterback and one of the best coaches in the game. They've only given up 13 points in their first games against Wake Forest and The Citadel. Not powerhouse opponents by any means, but nonetheless impressive.
If the Virginia Cavaliers score more than 13, they should consider it a win against the Tigers. Clemson faces #8 Miami next week who destroyed Florida State last week. It will be their biggest test of the season until they face Notre Dame in November. Still, this team has never struggled against those teams this decade and should still cruise to the College Football Playoff. This game will just solidify their position as the best team in the country even further.
What TV Channel is Virginia-Clemson on?
Virginia-Clemson will be shown on ACC Network at 8:00 p.m. ET. You can live stream NCAA Football Games on fuboTV.
How to Virginia-Clemson
When: Saturday, October 3
Where: Memorial Stadium , Clemson, SC
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch College Football free with fuboTV)
Showing how lopsided the ACC is favored in Clemson's favor, these two teams last played in the ACC Championship last December, a game the Tigers won 62-17. That doesn't mean the Cavaliers had a bad season. Not that they were comparable to their National Championship winning basketball counterparts but they narrowly lost the Orange Bowl against Florida. They had their first nine-win season since 2007. They will pose a formidable defense led by their D-Line. The Cavs had seven takeaways against their last opponent, Duke in a dominant victory.
Virginia-Clemson Betting Odds
Virginia Odds: +28.5
Clemson Odds: -28.5
Money Line: Virginia +1,500 - Clemson - 5,000
They will need to not only contain QB Trevor Lawrence and 2x ACC Player of the Year RB Travis Etienne (who should be the first RB off the board in next draft) but dominant them at the line of scrimmage to have a chance at this one. Not to mention somehow get the Tigers to cough up the ball at least half as much as they managed against Duke. Two extremely tall orders to ask against the best team in the nation.
Virginia will certainly improve from their last blowout matchup against Clemson, but it's hard to see the Tigers struggling in this one. About the only hope the Cavs have is if this entire Clemson squad is completely looking ahead to next week's top-ten matchup against Miami. Their too well coached for that to realistically happen. Virginia may not repeat their way to the Conference Championship game with ranked matchups against Miami and North Carolina coming, but this Cavaliers squad has the potential to be even better than last year. Let's hope that shows up to make this one close on Saturday.