Its the tale (not tail) of two tigers as Clemson and Auburn meet in this ACC/SEC “Chick Fil-A” matchup to open the season on Saturday night. The game will be on neutral ground in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome with the opening kickoff scheduled for 7:00ET. The game can be seen nationally on ESPN.
It’s three years in a row that these two teams have met and Clemson shocked the then-defending national champ Auburn Tigers 38-24 last year. In 2010, Auburn and their QB Cam Newton won a thriller 27-24 in overtime. That victory last year sparked a 10-4 overall record for Clemson and an ACC title. Check the NCAA Odds for Clemson vs. Auburn Game.
Auburn settled for an 8-5 mark in 2011. Auburn QB Kiehl Frazier makes his debut for the Tigers but they will be without Michael Dyer who led them the last two years in rushing after he left the team following a suspension. Clemson star receiver Sammy Watkins will also miss the affair due to a suspension of his own.
The Clemson win last season spurred the Tigers to an 8-0 start SU, and 7-0 start ATS. However, they ended the season 2-4 SU and 1-5 ATS, giving up 37 ppg in their last 8 matchups. While no one doubts QB Tajh Boyd and the offensive, the main worry for Clemson is their defense.
Auburn is returning 9 of their defensive starters from last season, but is that a good thing? They allowed more than 37 ppg in their final 6 games of the 2011 season. Auburn is 1-4 ATS lately as an away underdog, but 6-0 ATS in season openers.
In their last two meetings, the teams have split the difference spreadwise. In 2011, 3 ½ point favored Clemson covered and won 38-24. In 2010, Auburn was favored by 7 ½, failing to cover but winning 27-24. Start your College Football Bets on Clemson vs. Auburn Game.
Clemson is a 3 point “road” favorite versus Auburn posted at a -$110. You can play the over / under of 55.5 points for another $110 wager.
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