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Week 5 College Football Expert Picks

Right about now, the college football season picks up with plenty of games that might affect the College Football Playoff. Get ready for some Week 5 expert picks.

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#2 Clemson Tigers vs #12 Virginia Tech Hokies

When: September 30, 2017, 8:00 PM ET
Where: Lane Stadium
Spread: Clemson -7.5
Over/Under: 51.5
Moneyline: Clemson -315 vs Virginia Tech +260

The Tigers have been stopped short of the top spot in the country, by Alabama, even while toppling two top 15 teams in a row.

A win over the Hokies would make it three wins straight, which could be the tipping point for grabbing the honor of being No. 1.

Quarterback Kelly Bryant is playing extremely well, though he’s being cautious in the passing game and sticking close to his guns on the ground.

Bryant has a 67.9 completion rate and a 2-3 touchdown-interception ratio on the season, as well as 268 rushing yards and seven rushing TDs, which isn’t anything to sneer at.

Running back Travis Etienne is also putting up good numbers, racking up 292 yards and four TDs on an amazing 12.7 yards per carry.

The clincher for Clemson is its defense. This season they’ve held opponents to seven points or less and are allowing just 227 total yards per game (134.5 passing and 92.5 rushing).

The Hokies are no pushover nevertheless; and, the crowd will be tough as always in Lane Stadium so the Tigers have their work cut out for them.

These are two evenly-matched teams as Virginia Tech comes into this game undefeated and with a win over a top 25 under their belts.

The offense is led by freshman quarterback Josh Jackson, who’s made a splash in his first year posting  281.7 passing yards per game and a 11-1 TD-INT ratio, which is pretty good for a greenhorn QB.

Jackson has also found chemistry with senior wide receiver Cam Phillips, who has  brought in 34 catches for 523 yards and five TDs.

Last season, the Hokies lost a close game to the Tigers in the ACC Championship game, which was played at a neutral site, so expect to see another close one this ti