LINE: Clemson -17.5, o/u: 64.5
ATS PICK: Texas A&M
If you’re going to get Clemson in the Dabo era, do it early. It usually takes his teams a month before it destroys everything in its path.
A&M almost got the upset last year. Auburn battled in a 14-6 loss in Week 2 of 2017, lost 19-13 to open up 2016, and both Louisville and Notre Dame came way-too-close to pulling off wins in the first four games of 2015.
You don’t need the Aggies to actually win this. You need Jimbo Fisher’s team to show up and keep it within 17.5, and this team can absolutely do that.
Of course, there’s one problem – Clemson happens to be amazing again, and it’s on a roll of 11 straight games where it easy blew past the 18-point margin.
Yeah, that 44-16 thing over Bama is still hanging out there.
And it’s not like Texas A&M is above having issues under Fisher. It got rolled by Bama last season by 22, lost to Mississippi State by 15, and it could absolutely play well against Clemson and still lose 38-20 to screw this all up.
Maybe this is hoping for this to be a close game that’s as good as last year’s 28-26 Clemson win.
Maybe this is simply trying to make a pick happen.
Or maybe, Texas A&M is the best team on the Clemson schedule and really just that good to put up enough of a fight to get by that 17.5.
The Aggies have the athletes, experience, and talent to make this a game – or, at worst, come up with just enough fourth quarter points in a blowout to make the final score look cosmetically okay.