Saturday, October 17, 2020, Bobby Dodd Stadium, Atlanta, noon ET
Tigers at Yellow Jackets Betting Preview: Tigers (-26.5), Yellow Jackets (+26.5)
Trevor Lawrence returns to the scene where he won the starting job as a freshman back in 2017 when the No. 1 Tigers (4-0, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) visit Georgia Tech Saturday.
In 2018, Lawrence took over for Kelly Bryant in the second half after the Tigers struggled in the early going and guided Clemson to the 49-21 victory. The next day coach Dabo Swinney announced that Lawrence would take over the Tigers’ starting quarterback.
A national championship and 29 wins later, Lawrence likely will be making his final appearance against the Yellow Jackets this weekend as he is expected to be the top pick in next spring’s National Football League draft.
“Trevor’s an amazing player and he was just clearly the best guy,” Swinney said, reflecting on his decision. “What he’s done since then is incredible.”
Lawrence enters the game with a streak of 355 pass attempts without an interception. He has completed 72.4 percent of his 116 attempts this season for 1,140 yards and 10 touchdowns. He has a number of targets with four receivers already in double figures in receptions for the season topped by Amari Rogers’ 19 catches for 268 yards and three touchdowns.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
The Yellow Jackets (2-2, 2-1 ACC) are hosting the nation’s No. 1 team for the first time since 1980 when they held Notre Dame to a 3-3 tie. With overtime now being played, there won’t be a repeat of that, of course, and the Tigers are overwhelming favorites as they try to extend their winning streak in regular-season games to 34 in a row and their conference streak to 24 straight.
“Their roster is filled with great players,” Georgia Tech coach Geoff Collins said. “You look at their personnel on both sides of the ball and they’ve got great players all across the roster. We know we’ve got a big challenge.”
Collins’ Yellow Jackets are coming off a 46-27 victory over Louisville that saw them rally from an early 21-7 deficit. Freshman quarterback Jeff Sims completed only 11 of 21 passes, but they were good for 249 yards and three touchdowns. He also scored on a 22-yard run.
For the season, Sims has completed 54.6 percent of his 119 pass attempts for 236 yards a game, but he does have eight interceptions. Malachi Carter and Jalen Camp each have 14 receptions with Carter’s catches good for 213 yards and Camp’s for 142.
Tigers at Yellow Jackets Betting Pick for October 17 , 2020
The Tigers have not only a premier quarterback but also an outstanding runner in Travis Etienne to go against a Georgia Tech defense that has given up nearly 450 yards a game (189.2 rushing). The Tigers have yielded less than 280 yards a game rushing and passing and held Miami to just 210 yards last week.
Tigers at Yellow Jackets Betting Pick:
Tigers 49, Yellow Jackets 14
Tigers at Yellow Jackets Best Bet for October 17, 2020
The Tigers made a statement with their 42-17 rout of Miami, and they seem to be on a mission since losing last season’s national championship game so a letdown would be a surprise. Lawrence and Etienne are a huge 1-2 punch offensively, and a defense that corralled Miami’s D’Eriq King should be able to keep Sims under control.
Tigers at Yellow Jackets Best Bet: OVER 60.5
–Field Level Media