Elementary, my dear Deshaun Watson: Pitt versus Clemson

October 7th, 2019 NCAA College Football Betting

The Clemson Tigers have the upper NCAA football betting hand over the Pittsburgh Panthers on Saturday, November 12th at Memorial Stadium. The betting sportsbook odds for that game are as follows:

Pittsburgh U   +20½ (-110) 66½ (-110) +900 
Clemson          -20½ (-110) 66½ (-110) -1375

The Panthers (4-5) ran out of steam against the Miami Hurricanes on Saturday and lost a second straight game 28-51. James Conner scored a TD but was limited to 40 running yards on 12 carries, while George Aston and Jester Weah each scored on receptions. Pitt led 21-20 in the second quarter, but a couple of TOs in the third allowed Miami to pile on the points. The Panthers were averaging 3½ sacks per game, but could only get to opposing QB Brad Kaaya – who is not renowned for his mobility – only once.

The Tigers (9-0) made O.J. with the Syracuse Orange. QB Deshaun Watson left the game with a shoulder injury in the first half but managed to finish 13 of 16 for 169 yards with two TDs, and ran 39 yards on seven carries for another touchdown. Backup Nick Schuessler went 11 of 17 for 177 yards with two scores. Wayne Gallman rushed for 63 yards on 10 attempts with one TD, and Deon Cain had 125 yards on five receptions with two scores.

Everybody got that? Good, let’s proceed to the NCAA football betting part. Pitt QB Nathan Peterman is 130 of 215 for 1806 yards and 14 TDs, while Conner has run for 712 yards on 155 carries and 11 touchdowns. Weah has 26 receptions for 563 yards and six TDs. The Panthers are 7-3-1 against the spread in their last 11 games on the road facing a team with a winning home record, 27-13-1 against the spread in their last 41 games after a straight-up loss, 3-8 against the spread in their last 11 games overall, and 1-5 against the spread in their last six games after yielding more than 280 passing yards the previous game.

Now let’s get our NCAA football betting on with Clemson. Watson is 204 of 317 for 2497 yards, 24 TDs and 10 picks. Gallman has rushed for 634 yards on 120 attempts with eight scores. Mike Williams has 52 catches for 754 yards and five touchdowns. The Tigers are 4-0 against the spread in their last four home games versus a team with a winning home record, 5-1 against the spread in their last six games after an ATS win, 6-2 against the spread in their last eight games at home, and 5-2 against the spread in their last seven ACC games.

Any lingering doubts concerning Clemson’s scoring prowess should have been dispelled by their dismantling of Syracuse. Conversely, if Brad Kaaya was able to dissect Pitt’s secondary, just imagine what Watson – whose injury was not serious and who will start against the Panthers – could do against them. Or better yet, don’t imagine it; it’s way too horrible to even picture it. The horror! The humanity!

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