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College Football Betting Preview: Florida State Seminoles vs. Clemson Tigers

September 23, 2023


The #4-ranked and 3-0 Florida State Seminoles will travel to take on the 2-1 Clemson Tigers in a battle of ACC teams on Saturday afternoon in week 4 of the college football season. 

Florida State enters this game with a record of 3-0 following wins against the LSU Tigers by a score of 45-24, at home against the Southern Miss Golden Eagles, by a score of 66-13, and on the road against the Boston College Eagles by a score of 31-29 while the Clemson Tigers are 2-1 this season with a loss on the road against the Duke Blue Devils by a score of 7-28 and wins at home against the Charleston Southern Buccaneers by a score of 66-17 and the FAU Owls by a score of 48-14. Will the Seminoles remain undefeated or will the Tigers get the win at home? Let’s take a deeper dive into how these teams are performing this season.

The Florida State Seminoles enter this game ranked 4th in the AP Poll and 3rd in the Coaches Poll with a record of 3-0 following a 31-29 win on the road against the Boston College Eagles while failing to cover the 25.5-point spread as a road favorite in week 3 of the college football season. Florida State scored 31 points while compiling 340 total yards offensively which included 212 passing yards and 128 rushing yards while allowing 29 points and 457 total yards defensively which included 305 passing yards and 152 rushing yards. Jordan Travis led the team in passing, completing 16 of 24 attempts for 212 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 38 yards. Trey Benson led the team in rushing with 14 carries for 68 yards and a touchdown. Johnny Wilson led the team in receiving, catching four of seven targets for 105 yards.

Clemson enters this game ranked 23rd in the Coaches Poll with a record of 2-1 following a 48-14 win at home against the FAU Owls while covering the 25-point spread as a home favorite in week 3 of the college football season. The Tigers compiled 367 total yards offensively which included 204 passing yards and 163 rushing yards while allowing 14 points and 293 total yards defensively which included 210 passing yards and 83 rushing yards. Cade Klubnik led the team in passing, completing 16 of 27 attempts for 169 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 35 yards and a touchdown. Phil Mafah led the team in rushing with five carries for 42 yards and a touchdown while adding one reception for two yards. Adam Randall led the team in receiving, catching two of three targets for 51 yards.

BookMaker has the Florida State Seminoles listed as 2.5-point favorites on the road against the Clemson Tigers on Saturday afternoon in week 4 of the college football season. Clemson has won seven of the last ten including the previous seven matchups in a row while going 7-3 ATS in the last ten and 3-0 ATS in the last three games in the series. Florida State is 2-1 ATS overall, 0-1 ATS on the road, 1-1 ATS as a favorite, and 0-1 in conference games while the Clemson Tigers are 1-2 ATS overall, 1-1 ATS at home, 1-2 ATS as a favorite, and 0-1 ATS in conference games.

Florida State has looked like the better team this season, however, Clemson has been the better team in the series, winning seven of the last ten including the previous seven matchups in a row. The Tigers are 7-3 ATS in the last ten and 3-0 ATS in the last three games in the series. As a result, I am buying the .5 point and taking the Clemson Tigers +3 on BookMaker for this matchup on Saturday. 

Spooky Express Pick: Clemson Tigers +3