ATLANTA, GA, Sporting Alert – No. 5 Clemson and Georgia Tech put their respective undefeated season record on the line when they face-off in Week 4 on the college football schedule on Thursday night.
Oddsmakers are currently backing Clemson as 10-point favourites against Georgia Tech, while ESPN’s Football Power Index is giving the visitors a 79.8% chance of winning.
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The Tigers (3-0) have won three straight games to start the season, with the Yellow Jackets (3-0) also winning three in a row to open the new campaign.
Thursday night battle at the Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta, will see Clemson kicking off its Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) schedule, while Georgia Tech goes in search of its second victory in the same conference.
LAST TIME OUT
Over the weekend in Week 3, Clemson jumped on South Carolina State early and then kept scoring in a 59-0 victory, with quarterback Deshaun Watson throwing three touchdown passes and went 12 of 15 for 152 yards in the air. Wide receiver Ray-Ray McCloud caught two passes for touchdowns in the rout as well.
For Georgia Tech, Justin Thomas found Marcus Marshall with an 81-yard touchdown pass on the first play to guide the Yellow Jackets to a 38-7 victory over Vanderbilt, which was held scoreless in the last three-quarters of the game. Thomas went 6 of 13 on completed passes for 136 yards, while running for another 84 yards on 11 carries.
LAST HEAD-TO-HEAD MEETING
The Tigers dominated this fixture last year, tallying 537 total yards in a 43-24 victory at home, while holding Georgia Tech to 230 total yards, including 71 yards as a team on the ground.
“We don’t talk about last year, other than the fact that they beat the fool out of us,” Yellow Jackets coach Paul Johnson told reporters ahead of the Week 4 contest.
“We just have to play better. I think we’re a little better than we were a year ago. We’ll see if they’re better or the same.”
SHORT PREPARATION TIME
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney spoke about the short turnaround between games and what he’s expecting to face against Georgia Tech.
“It’s a difficult turnaround for us – and them,” Swinney told reporters ahead of the clash.
“It’s hard for both teams to get ready really in three days.
“Georgia Tech is always an incredibly difficult team to prepare for, but even more so when you’ve got a short week to get ready.”
Georgia Tech enters this midweek encounter knowing that the home team has won each of the last seven meetings.
The Yellow Jackets have also won five successive encounters in Atlanta and are 7-2 at Bobby Dodd Stadium against ranked opponents under Johnson.
Johnson picked up wins over AP-ranked Clemson sides in 2011 and 2014.
Swinney enters this game with a losing record against Georgia Tech, as he trails 4-5 in head-to-head meetings.