College Football Betting Battle of Tigers: Clemson-Auburn
Posted by: Mike Davis
The college football betting is in full swing and NCAA football sportsbook fanatics couldn’t be happier. Week 2 kicks off this Friday when Oklahoma State travel to South Alabama to take on the Jaguars. However, this might not be the most attractive game to bet on. For that, NCAA betting players will have to turn their attention to Saturday’s lineup.
This upcoming weekend the Auburn Tigers will travel to South Carolina to take on the Clemson Tigers. This will certainly be an interesting matchup and it’s no understatement to say it’s one pairing worth wagering on. Let’s take a look at what sort of turnout sports wagering sites are predicting for this Saturday.
Auburn Tigers vs. Clemson Tigers – Saturday, September 9th
When: 7:00 pm ET
Where: Clemson Memorial Stadium
Stream: Watch ESPN
College Football Betting Odds:
Auburn Tigers +5 (-110) 53 ½ (-110) +178
Clemson Tigers -5 (-110) 53 ½ (-110) -215
The Tigers are coming off an 8-5 record (5-3 in SEC play) that gave way to a 2nd place finish in the West Division. Despite failing to compete for an SEC title, Auburn still received an invitation to the Sugar Bowl where they were to face No. 7 Oklahoma. The Tigers put forth their best record but ended up losing 19-35 to the Sooners.
Gus Malzahn returns as head coach in his 5th season with the program. Malzahn is joined by 2nd year defensive coordinator Kevin Steele and co-offensive coordinators Chip Lindsey and Kodi Burns. The Tigers got an opportunity to show off to the college football betting community this past Saturday when they faced the Georgia Southern Eagles.
There’s a sizable difference in talent between Georgia Southern and Auburn and the results of their Week 1 contest reflect that. The Tigers came out on top 41-7, and also outgained the Eagles 535-78 in total yards.
The Tigers had a fantastic season in 2016, going 14-1 (7-1 in ACC play) and winning the ACC before going on to win the National Championship game against Alabama in terrific fashion. Needless to say, Clemson has some pretty big shoes to fill. Particularly Kelly Bryant, who is the man tasked with taking over at quarterback for Deshaun Watson – who is now strapping up in a Houston Texans’ jersey on Sundays.
Bryant got a chance to earn his keep at quarterback this past Friday when Clemson faced off against the Kent State Golden Flashes. As expected, the Tigers came out on top by a light-year. But the big takeaway from the game was how well Bryant performed in his newly acquired starting position.
Bryant would go on to complete 16/22 passes for 236 yards to finish the day with a 95.7 QBR rating. Bryant also connected for a touchdown, but he was also responsible for a lone turnover. All things considered, Bryant did fairly well. However, there are still plenty of improvements to be made because even though Bryant was able to lead Clemson to a landslide win over Kent State, not every opponent the Tigers will face this season will be that easy to overcome.