VSiN’s school soccer consultants dive into some betting angles for Saturday’s video games.
Georgia vs. Clemson
Marshall: It’s good to see the renewal of what was as soon as a really spirited border rivalry, typically with nationwide implications, although this shall be solely the fifth assembly since 1995 after almost annual video games the previous 33 years.
The post-Trevor Lawrence period begins at Clemson, however Dabo Swinney shouldn’t be precisely breaking in a greenhorn at quarterback with D.J. Uiagalelei. He bought a check run final autumn when Lawrence was out with COVID-19 and set a Notre Dame opponent passing file with 439 yards.
Getting big-play receiver Justyn Ross (112 profession catches) again within the fold after lacking 2020 ought to be one other plus, and Brent Venables is predicted to work extra of his schematic magic on the defensive facet with 10 returning starters.
In the meantime, that is Kirby Good’s newest likelihood for the assertion win that has eluded him. We’ll additionally discover out if former USC switch QB JT Daniels is admittedly the prime-time performer he was hyped to be popping out of highschool, when he was rated forward of Lawrence. Can Good’s protection step up prefer it didn’t in opposition to Alabama and Florida a season in the past?
It’s additionally an important end result for these with season-win Over tickets on both facet, because the loser could have no extra room for error for these tickets to money. Clemson has gained the final six years in ACC title video games on this area in Charlotte, N.C.
Alabama vs. Miami (Fla.)
Marshall: No matter puncher’s likelihood Miami may need on this opener was confirmed at ACC media days in Charlotte when quarterback D’Eriq King, coming off knee surgical procedure, appeared spry sufficient to dash down the road to the NASCAR Corridor of Fame.
King’s availability shall be essential for Manny Diaz to advance the Hurricanes again into the nationwide dialog, however Miami didn’t precisely step to the plate in opposition to the large boys a 12 months in the past. The Hurricanes have been eviscerated by Clemson and humiliated by North Carolina, which piled up almost 800 yards of offense.
Alabama’s offense shall be completely different from that of final 12 months’s nationwide title group, with new faces and a brand new coordinator in Invoice O’Brien, a Invoice Belichick disciple like Nick Saban who replaces new Texas coach Steve Sarkisian. However don’t assume an excessive amount of of a drop, as new QB Bryce Younger may be much more ballyhooed than rapid predecessors Mac Jones, Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts. And Saban’s pipeline as typical is loaded with blue-chippers, together with a number of backs prepared to choose up the place Najee Harris left off earlier than shifting to the Steelers.
Alabama has gained 13 straight video games in Atlanta and has gained all 9 of those neutral-field openers, protecting eight, for Saban.
Penn State at Wisconsin
Youmans: Favored to win the Massive Ten West, Wisconsin will most likely go so far as quarterback Graham Mertz can carry the offense. Mertz was hyped as this system’s subsequent Russell Wilson final 12 months after finishing 20 of 21 passes with 5 touchdowns in his debut in opposition to Illinois. However the Badgers hit the skids and Mertz handed for under 4 extra touchdowns as Wisconsin completed 4-3.
Penn State opened final season 0-5 earlier than closing with 4 wins. With QB Sean Clifford again, the strain is on coach James Franklin to provide higher outcomes, and his group is picked to complete second within the Massive Ten East behind Ohio State. Penn State is a 5.5-point underdog, however shall be favored in 4 consecutive residence video games — in opposition to Ball State, Auburn, Villanova and Indiana — after this journey to Madison, Wis., for a high-profile convention opener that might be a thriller on the wire.