A clear difference was seen last week at Clemson as without superstar quarterback Trevor Lawrence, the Tigers barely escaped College football betting odds disaster against Boston College. And that is what has gamblers salivating for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish this weekend. As home dogs against a team missing their best player the Fighting Irish are undeniably appealing. But the fact remains Clemson will bring one of America’s best defenses to Notre Dame Stadium. Also factoring is Clemson Tigers quarterback DJ Uiagalelei. In relief of Lawrence last week, he threw for 342 yards and two touchdowns. Most important of all he was clutch in orchestrating a comeback win.
Clemson Tigers at Notre Dame Fighting Irish
When: Saturday, November 7, 2020, 7:30 p.m. ET
Where: Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame, Indiana
College Football Odds at BookMaker.eu
Clemson Tigers -6.5
Notre Dame Fighting Irish +6.5
Clemson Tigers at Notre Dame Fighting Irish Bookmaker Wagering Analysis
Notre Dame will get massive public support. Trevor Lawrence’s absence will send the masses in droves to the Fighting Irish. Sharps will have a difficult choice to make. Power home dogs like Notre Dame are often good values. Counter to that is a discount price on powerhouse Clemson. All of which means betting handle should be relatively even.
Lawrence Out for Clemson But Tigers Still Loaded
Last week Clemson scored a 34-28 home win over Boston College as 26-point overlays. Over the college football betting total of 55.5 visited the payout window too. Clemson is 7-0 straight up, 2-5 vs. the odds, and 4-3 over the total. Overall national metrics show Clemson ranked 10th for offense and second for scoring. Defensively the Tigers are seventh overall and 11th for points allowed. Also important is that Clemson ranks fifth for takeaways.
Undefeated Notre Dame in the Red
Notre Dame is coming off a 31-13 win at Georgia Tech as 20.5-point favorites with the CGB odds as under 58.5 got the cash as well. As a result, Notre Dame is 6-0 straight up, 2-4 vs. the line, and 3-3 on totals. Notre Dame ranks 30th for total offense and 26th for scoring. Counter to that are impressive defensive metrics of sixth overall and fourth for points allowed.
Clemson Tigers at Notre Dame Fighting Irish Against the Spread
Clemson is 22-15 against the spread. In ACC games the Tigers are 17-7 vs. the odds. Following a win Clemson is 21-13 on the board. As road chalk the Tigers are 9-3 with the line. Clemson has gone under the total in 19 of their last 37 games. While as road chalk the Tigers are 6-6 over and under. In ACC action Clemson is 12-12 over and under. And the Tigers are 17-17 on totals after a win.
Notre Dame has lost 13 of their last 32 games on the board. At home the Fighting Irish are 9-8 against the spread. Notre Dame has lost only nine of their last 26 games to the odds after a win. In all games Notre Dame is 14-18 under the total. At Notre Dame Stadium the Fighting Irish are 7-10 under the number. As a dog the Fighting Irish are 1-3 under the total. Following a win Notre Dame is 12-14 under the number.
Clemson won and covered their previous meeting with Notre Dame 30-3 as 10.5-home chalk. Under the total paid too in that game.
Clemson Tigers at Notre Dame Fighting Irish Bookmaker Free Pick
In this situation Clemson is a rare contrarian play. Notre Dame’s name brand appeal makes this the case. Despite Lawrence being out the Tigers have the deeper and more talented roster. Namely Uiagalelei could prove to be the ultimate difference.
Tigers at Fighting Irish Bookmaker Best Bet: Clemson Tigers
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