Last Updated on October 7, 2020
- A must-see ACC matchup between two of the top teams and quarterbacks in the country, taking place this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET on ABC
- Clemson is currently a 14-point favorite according to DraftKings Sportsbook. The total points mark is set at 64.
- Here are the latest odds, betting trends, picks, and predictions for the upcoming Clemson-Miami matchup.
In this unusual college football season, Week 6 comes with a marquee ACC matchup between two of the top teams in the country. Trevor Lawrence and the top-ranked Clemson Tigers take on D’Eriq King and the seventh-ranked Miami Hurricanes this Saturday night in a game that could certainly alter the look of the top 10 along with the eventual College Football Playoff rankings.
Lawrence and King enter as two of the favorites to win the infamous Heisman Memorial Trophy — the former currently sits at +400 while the latter sits at +600.
Clemson – Miami Betting Line
According to DraftKings Sportsbook, Clemson is giving Miami 14 points. Sure, it’s a wide spread, but it further proves just how dominant Clemson’s football program really is even when it needs to face an undefeated Miami team. Clemson is additionally -560 on the moneyline in comparison to +400 for Miami. Thus, oddsmakers are certainly leaning more towards Clemson emerging victoriously by a significant amount.
The total is currently at 64, definitely a reasonable mark. Both of these teams sport high-powered offenses. While Clemson is averaging 42.3 points per game, Miami is averaging just a tad bit more at 43.3.
Game Preview & Betting Angles
Clemson is a red-hot 3-0 to begin the season, yet the Tigers haven’t faced an opponent like Miami just yet. They’ve beaten Wake Forest 37-13, Citadel 49-0, and Virginia 41-23. Nonetheless, that doesn’t mean they won’t be able to surpass Miami in high-powered fashion. Lawrence has been fantastic thus far on the year en route to a potential Heisman Trophy. He’s already thrown for 848 yards with seven touchdowns, zero picks, and a 73.3% completion rate.
The Tigers have additionally received decent production out of running back Travis Etienne, who’s rushed for 243 yards and two touchdowns on a 6.2 yards-per-carry rate. Clemson’s defense has come to play as well, allowing just 12 points per game up until this point.
But of course, Miami is a better opponent than any of the programs the Tigers have faced thus far. In his first season with Miami after transferring from the University of Houston, King has thrown for 733 yards and six scores but has also impressed with his feat, having rushed for 157 yards and one score on a 5.6 yards-per-carry rate.
Miami is also 3-0 to begin the season, with wins over UAB, Louisville, and its most recent victory over rival Florida State by a score of 52-10. Needless to say, Miami can put up points, and this offense should be worth paying attention to come Saturday night.
But regardless of how impressive Miami has been thus far on the year, I’m still taking Clemson with the spread and Clemson on the moneyline, even though the Tigers are 0-3 against the spread in 2020. Clemson is just too talented of a program with too sensational of a quarterback in Lawrence, who may indeed be next year’s No. 1 overall draft pick should the team with that selection need a quarterback. I believe Clemson will gain momentum at some point and run with it, which will lead to a 17-point victory.
I would also take the over in this game. Given the fact that these two offenses are averaging over 40 points per contest, the total score shouldn’t have much of an issue surpassing 64 points. It’s a simple bet, through and through.
Clemson – Miami Recent History
This is the first time Clemson and Miami are facing off since December 2017 when the Tigers absolutely torched the Hurricanes by a score of 38-3 in the ACC Championship — Miami’s biggest loss of that year.
Two years prior, it was even worse for the Hurricanes. Clemson ultimately ousted Miami in October 2015 by a score of 58-0 prior to becoming the College Football Playoff National Championship runner-up.
How to watch Clemson – Miami Saturday Night
We have a primetime matchup on the way folks, as these top-10 programs will play in the national spotlight on ABC at 7:30 p.m. ET Saturday night. Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, and Allison Williams have the call.
Betting Picks and Prediction
In all honesty, despite the tough in-conference opponent, Clemson won’t disappoint. The Tigers are easily the best team in the country and should come away with the win by a wide margin. Both of the highly-talented quarterbacks will show up, but expect Lawrence to ultimately make more plays than King.
Clemson wins with the spread, and the Tigers remain as the unbeaten top team in the nation. Miami, on the other hand, shouldn’t drop too far down the rankings considering the talent the Hurricanes are going up against in this primetime matchup.
Final Score Prediction: Clemson 45-28