The Troy offense was terrific to start the season, while Clemson survived an uggo against Auburn. Can the Tigers look the part again? Check out the Clemson vs. Troy fearless prediction and game preview.
Clemson vs. Troy Game Preview
Date: Saturday, September 10th
Game Time: 12:30 pm
Venue: Memorial Stadium, Clemson, SC
Network: ACC Network
Why Troy Will Win
There’s no issue with the quarterback against Clemson this week.
Auburn couldn’t pick a lane with its three quarterbacks against the Tigers, and the offense went nowhere. Troy’s Brandon Silvers is a burgeoning statistical superstar, pitching a gem last week against Austin Peay completing 20-of-27 passes for 229 yards. He’s a bomber in an offense that might test the Clemson secondary far better than Auburn did.
Is Clemson going through the motions? That’s discounting just how good the Auburn defense – and not giving enough credit for going into a hostile SEC environment in a night game and coming away with a win – but the offense didn’t look like the Clemson offense, and Deshaun Watson didn’t look like Deshaun Watson. But …
Why Troy Will Win
That’s what the Troy defense is for. The defensive front shouldn’t hold up if Clemson decides to line up and power away with Wayne Gallman, while Watson shouldn’t have problems getting time to operate. Troy managed just one sack against Austin Peay, and it’s not going to get to No. 4 enough to be a bother.
How many sacks did Clemson give up to Carl Lawson and the Auburn pass rush? Zip.
Meanwhile, the Clemson defensive line, as expected, reloaded instantly with Dexter Lawrence looking like the next big thing at times against the SEC Tigers, while linebacker Kendall Joseph camped out in the backfield. Yeah, Brandon Silvers is a fantastic passer, but he’s not going to get the time to show it.
What’s Going To Happen?
Here’s where Clemson looks the part. Again, don’t overlook the Auburn win, and don’t read too much into how tough it was to put the game away. Yeah, Auburn had two throws into the end zone with chances to win, but Clemson survived and advanced. Now, in the home opener, it’ll be fun time for the defending ACC champs.
Clemson vs. Troy Prediction
Final Score: Clemson 48, Troy 10
Line: Clemson -35.5, o/u: 63.5
ATS Confidence: 5: Run to the Window – 1: Watch For Fun … 3.5
Must See Rating: 5: Sully – 1: Skip & Shannon Undisputed … 2