Pittsburgh (7-5) is the underdog against Clemson (12-0) at Bank of America Stadium on Saturday (December 1, 2018, 20:00ET).
The spread was first listed at an aggressive -27.5 points for the Tigers. They’ve gone a tempting 12-0 straight up as favorites this year, and 6-6-0 against the spread. The Panthers are 4-4 straight up as underdogs, and 5-3-0 against the spread.
Pittsburgh QB Kenny Pickett completed 62.3% of his passes this season for 1,825 yards and 12 touchdowns. Qadree Ollison gained 1,200 yards from scrimmage and rushed for 10 touchdowns, averaging an exceptional 6.4 yards per carry.
All together, the team gained 386.1 yards per game and scored 28.0 points per game. The defense allowed 400.9 yards and 27.8 points per game, while Rashad Weaver led the Panthers with 6 sacks this season.
The Tigers offense features quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who passed for 2,488 yards and 22 TD’s this season. Lawrence completed 66.0% of his passes, which works out to a passer rating of 156.3. Travis Etienne ran for 1,134 yards and 19 touchdowns, averaging an excellent 8.0 yards per carry. The Tigers offense is one of the best around.
Altogether, Clemson averaged 540.1 yards per game and 45.7 points. The defense allowed an excellent 290.2 yards and 14.0 points per game. Clelin Ferrell scored 11 sacks this season.