Clemson vs. Charlotte fearless prediction and game preview.
Clemson vs. Charlotte Broadcast
Date: Saturday, September 21
Game Time: 7:30 ET
Venue: Memorial Stadium, Clemson, SC
Network: ACC Network
Clemson (3-0) vs. Charlotte (2-1) Game Preview
Why Charlotte Will Win
The 49er running game has been fantastic so far. It’s been able to crank up over 300 yards against both Gardner-Webb and UMass, and it rumbled for 230 yards against Appalachian State.
A home-run hitting attack, it’s averaging over seven yards per carry for the nation’s seventh-best ground game. Benny LeMay and Ishod Finger are a dangerous 1-2 punch, and QB Chris Reynolds can take off, too.
The 49er offensive line isn’t great in pass protection – more on that in a moment – but the ground game is just quick enough to counter the speed and quickness of the aggressive Tiger D line.
Defensively, can the secondary hold down Trevor Lawrence? He’s been great, but he’s also been a bit mistake-prone. So far, Charlotte’s secondary has held up well, but …
Why Clemson Will Win
Here comes the Clemson defensive front.
It’s not like anyone was all that concerned about rebuilding after losing the epic line of last year, but this group appears to be taking to its new job very, very seriously. The pass rush was good over the first two weeks, and last week at Syracuse it destroyed the Orange offensive front with eight sacks and 15 tackles for loss.
The Tigers don’t need to press too hard to win this, but it would be nice to get Travis Etienne going again before cranking back up the ACC slate with North Carolina up next. He’s hardly been bad, but he hasn’t run for a touchdown since the opener against Georgia Tech, was held to 53 yards by Texas A&M, and didn’t get a ton of work last week with 14 carries for 76 yards.
Charlotte’s defensive front won’t hold up for more than a drive, if at all. It you’ve been waiting for the Etienne home runs to return, here you go.
What’s Going To Happen
Clemson will end this within a few drives. This is the true breather on the Tiger slate, and it’ll go through the motions to blow up the 49ers after three drives. The Charlotte running game will get stuffed early on, but the backups will get in fast with the UNC game up next on the road before a week off.
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Clemson vs. Charlotte Prediction, Line
Clemson 45, Charlotte 6
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Clemson -38.5, o/u: 61.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2.5
Must See Rating: 2
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