By Marc Lawrence, PlaybookSports.com — From this week’s From the 2021 PLAYBOOK College Bowl Guide: Iowa State took a major hit with the announcement that RB Breece Hall was opting out of the Cheez-It Bowl game, and instead declaring for the NFL Draft.
How big a gut-punch will this be to the Clones? Hall finished his stellar career with 3,931 rushing yards, including 1,472 in 2021, and a rushing touchdown in 24 consecutive games, an FBS record. In addition, he led the nation in scoring (138 points), touchdowns (23) and rushing touchdowns (20).
Meanwhile, disrespected Clemson went on a late-season mission to lay waste to the many non-believers. A 5-0 SUATS closing skein tells us Dabo Swinney might actually be having fun again, and he’ll be backed by a slew of positive trends here.
Clemson is 10-3 ATS in its last baker’s dozen Bowls, while ACC Bowl chalk of 6 or fewer points off a SUATS win are 7-1 ATS, and bowlers off 3+ SU wins of 21 or more points are 7-1 ATS.
We think ISU head coach Matt Campbell will need a resuscitator to revive his down-and-out troops against the fast-closing Tigers. Lean to Clemson.