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CLEMSON vs GEORGIA TECH Prediction & Preview



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The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets invade Memorial Stadium in South Carolina to kick off against the Clemson Tigers on Saturday afternoon. The Yellow Jackets (1-1) easily handled the Kennesaw State Owls 45-17 last weekend. The sixth-ranked Tigers (1-1) hammered South Carolina State 49-3. Clemson comes into this Atlantic Coast Conference showdown as -28.5 point favorites with the total set at 52.


Yellow Jackets Roll Past Owls

Fill-in starter Jordan Yates passed for four touchdowns as Georgia Tech took care of business 45-17 against Kennesaw State last Saturday. Yates became the first quarterback in Georgia Tech history to throw for four touchdowns in his first-ever start. The redshirt freshman completed 17 of 22 passes for 254 yards as the replacement starter for Jeff Sims, who was in uniform but held out with a left arm injury. The defense forced three turnovers. Jordan Dominick knocked down an option pitch from Xavier Shepherd, recovered the fumble, and ran 70 yards for a touchdown that gave the Yellow Jackets a 14-0 lead in the first quarter.


Georgia Tech led 38-3 before Iaan Cousin's 54-yard touchdown run on a fourth-down play for Kennesaw State early in the fourth quarter, but the game was far out of hand at that point. The strong passing performance by Yates could spark debate about his role when Sims is fully recovered. Either way, they’ll have their hands full dealing with a dynamic Clemson offense. The Jackets managed to cover the spread as -20 point favorites last week but come into this game as 28.5 point underdogs in their first road game of the year.


Tigers Pounce on South Carolina State

Quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei ran for two scores and threw for a third and Clemson gained 504 yards as they hammered South Carolina State 49-3. Uiagalelei and the Tigers (1-1) had touchdowns on all four of their first-quarter possessions and pulled away for their 36th straight win over teams from the Football Championship Subdivision.




The result was a welcome sight after last week's loss against the Georgia Bulldogs. Clemson held South Carolina State to 123 yards and four first downs the first two quarters, the game was out of hand early on. It was the second straight game in which Clemson's defense held its opponent without a touchdown. The only TD Georgia got in its victory over the Tigers last week was a pick-six interception right before halftime. The Tigers’ elite defensive front should have no problems handling Tech’s option offense.

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