Each week this season the RubbingtheRock.com staff will pick the score of the Clemson football game against the spread and we’ll also pick a wild card game in a “friendly” competition.
The staff managed a solid 5-2-1 record against the spread last week, including 4-0 on the Clemson – Boston College game, where the Tigers dominated the second half and covered the spread against the Eagles.
The points race looks like this:
A solid, 2-0 week from Casey (Beef), puts him back in the hunt.
Without further ado, here are the picks for week 7.
Houston Burnett (7-4-1, 6-4-1 ATS)
Maybe I’m naïve, maybe I am not giving the Noles enough credit. But Clemson being favored by 3.5 on Saturday is the first time that I have thought “Hmm….that doesn’t seem like enough”. Don’t get me wrong. The Noles have the firepower to keep up, and I don’t think anyone has forgotten what happened to Clemson’s defense in Winston-Salem a few weeks ago. With that being said, FSU’s defense is a bit overhyped outside of Jared Verse, and is very susceptible, and FSU hasn’t show to be able to adjust very well in its last 2 games.
Houston’s wild card pick is Utah -3.5 hosting USC.
John Chancey (6-6, 5-6 ATS)
FSU is improved this season, but not back. The play on the field is better, and I think Jordan Travis is playing well. The Seminoles still have questionable coaching in-game, but their pre-game preparation seems solid. Clemson has played well away from home, and I don’t see this as a look ahead game.
John’s wild card pick is Tennessee +7.5 hosting Alabama.
Casey “The Beef” Cregan (6-6, 5-6 ATS)
I still have nightmares of Dalvin Cook taking the opening play handoff around the corner and running right at me in the West End Zone back in 2015 only to have Wayne Gallman take a handoff to the house to win the game at the end. All that to say FSU always scares me. That shouldn’t be the case as of late, and Bobby Bowden isn’t coming back from the dead to resurrect this program. The Noles are way better this year, but still 4-2.
Casey’s wild card pick is Kansas +7.5 at Oklahoma.
Marty Coleman (5-7, 4-7 ATS)
I believe this is a much improved Florida State team that is actually playing like they care. The game’s in Tallahassee, at night on national TV, which would seem to play into the Seminoles favor. There’s also the odd drop in the point spread as Clemson’s defense gets healthier. Clemson wins a close one and covers the spread…barely.
Marty’s wild card pick is Texas -16.5 over Iowa State.
Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change