NCAA Betting - #16 Miami at Clemson

NCAA betting excitement and anticipation continues to grow for the ACC matchup on Saturday between visiting #16 Miami and Clemson on ESPN2.

Kickoff is set for 12:05 PM Eastern and Sbg opened with Miami as a 3 point road favorite and with an over/under of 51.

Raisin Canes
After their disappointing week 2 loss at Ohio State by a score of 36-24 in which the imploded with turnovers and mistakes, Miami bounced back strong last week on ESPN Thursday Night Football and dominated Pitt 31-3 as 4 point road favorites to improve their overall record at 2-1 both straight up and against the spread.  Defense is the strength of the Hurricanes as they rank 8th best in the nation.  Miami’s offense is loaded with talent but is mistake prone and inconsistent as was shown at the Ohio State debacle.  Quarterback Jacory Harris has completed 64% of his passes but has a whacked out 6/6 touchdown/interception ratio.  Running back Damien Berry has been solid with 5.3 yards per carry average.

Off the Mat?
The Clemson Tigers are the defending Atlantic Division champions of the ACC and are coming off a bye week that followed a crushing overtime loss at Auburn.  Clemson led the game 17-0 but ended up on the losing end of a 27-24 score as 7.5 point college football betting road dogs.  Clemson has a record of 2-1 straight up and 1-2 against the spread and their two wins were over tomato cans North Texas and Presbyterian.  Clemson is making the tough adjustment to life without all everything running back and kick returner CJ Spiller who was nearly their entire offense last year.  Running back Andre Ellington has done the team proud with 7.4 yards per carry average but nobody is yet to emerge as the game breaking kick returner that Spiller was.  Clemson’s defense ranks 86th in the country and was disappointing in allowing Auburn to climb back in that last game.  The big question is whether or not the Tigers can get off the mat and answer the bell against Miami.

By the Numbers
Miami has failed to cover 25 out of their last 38 games as a NCAA betting favorite and is 11-28 against the spread after a payout in their previous game.  Clemson has got the money in 19 out of their last 26 as a dog.