A couple of weeks ago, Indianapolis at Tennessee didn’t look all that important but now this game has significant consequences for both teams. In college action tonight, Georgia Tech travels to Clemson and Marshall hits the road in Tulsa. See who I like below.
Indianapolis +1 at Tennessee – If anyone can explain what happened to the Colts last week at home against the St. Louis Rams please let me know. I certainly didn’t see that butt-kicking coming and few people did.
Indy’s trade for Trent Richardson looks worse every week as the running game continues to sputter. The Titans aren’t exactly feeling great heading into tonight though either. They lost QB Jake Locker for the season and became the first and only victim of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Titans are 3-6 against the spread in their last nine games against the Colts. Indianapolis meanwhile is 2-5 against the spread in their last seven at Tennessee. With this game basically being a toss-up, I like the Colts to right the ship for one week at least.
Georgia Tech +10 at Clemson – Remember when Clemson was in the discussion as one of the top teams in the country? Seems like a really long time ago doesn’t it? That’s what happens when you get throttled at home by Florida State.
The loss not only knocked Clemson out of the national title conversation but also made it extremely difficult for them to win their division since they’d need Florida State to lose twice. The Tigers still have hopes of earning a BCS bid but that possibility needs help.
This game is not just about the Tigers though because Georgia Tech sits atop the ACC Coastal Division and has hopes of earning a shot at Florida State in the ACC Title Game. The Yellow Jackets stand at 6-3 overall and 5-2 in the conference.
Not surprisingly, Tech is among the top teams in the country in running the football. They currently rank 5th with over 311 yards per game while the passing attack ranks 119th. One area that has gone a bit unnoticed for the Jackets is their defense.
Georgia Tech ranks 14th in the nation defensively allowing just over 18 points per game so Clemson will need to be effective and efficient with the ball.
Georgia Tech is 5-2 straight up against the Tigers in their last seven while Clemson is 2-5 in against the spread in their last 7 home games. The ten-point spread is enticing but I think the Tigers will cover with some points late.
Marshall -14.5 at Tulsa – The Thundering Herd takes the field in a road game on November 14th for the first time since 1975. That’s significant because that is the date when a plane carrying the Marshall Football team crashed. The team will wear commemorative helmets tonight in honor of the victims.
The Herd currently sit in second place in Conference USA’s East Division right behind East Carolina. Should Marshall get past Tulsa and 1-9 Florida International then the season finale at home against the Pirates will be for a trip to the C-USA Title game.
The Golden Hurricane has been very disappointing this year as they sit at 2-7 on the year. The over/under is listed at 62.5 and I like the over here. Marshall is averaging over 42 points per game and they give up about 20. The Herd has cleared the over in seven of their last ten road games.
Go with Marshall tonight to cover.