- Notre Dame is a 10.5-point underdog against the Clemson Tigers in the ACC Championship Game. The total is set to 61.5 points.
- Clemson is trying to make the College Football Playoff for the fifth consecutive season.
- Ian Book is the winningest quarterback in Notre Dame history.
- Notre Dame beat Clemson 47-40 in 2OT earlier this year.
For the first time ever, Notre Dame is a member of a conference in college football. Due to the pandemic, they joined the ACC for one season. They didn’t waste any time making noise. Notre Dame is preparing to face off with Clemson in the ACC Championship Game.
The Fighting Irish (10-0) beat the Tigers (9-1) earlier this year, but Clemson was without star quarterback Trevor Lawrence. It’s safe to say, Lawrence and his teammates are hoping to avenge that loss. But the College Football Playoff is the ultimate goal for both of these teams. A win will put either team in, but Notre Dame might be able to sneak in with a loss.
With National Championship aspirations on the line, let’s dive into the best odds, interesting props, analysis, and everything else you need to know about the 2020 ACC Championship Game.
Notre Dame – Clemson ACC Championship Odds
Notre Dame is +10.5 on the spread, but there are some sportsbooks that have Clemson at -9.5. That one point differential is huge for bettors on either side of the line. The Fighting Irish are +300 on the moneyline while the Tigers are at -357. The total is set to 61.5 points.
There isn’t much to take away from how these teams have performed against the spread and against the totals. Clemson is 4-6 against the spread and Notre Dame is 5-5. Both teams are 6-4 on over-unders this year.
Who is the Public Betting On?
|Saturday, December 19, 2020|
|Teams||Point Spread||% Handle||% Bets||Total Points||% Handle||% Bets||Moneyline||% Handle||% Bets|
|Notre Dame||+10.5||36%||53%||Over 60.5||7%||6%||+275||36%||37%|
Clemson vs. Notre Dame Player Props
|Ian Book (Notre Dame)||254.5 (O -113 / U -113)|
|Trevor Lawrence (Clemson)||328.5 (O -113 /U -113)|
|Ian Book (Notre Dame)||41.5 (O -113) / U -113)|
|Trevor Lawrence (Clemson)||35.5 (O -113 / U -113)|
|Kyren Williams (Notre Dame)||74.5 (O -113 / U -113)|
|Travis Etienne (Clemson)||84.5 (O -113 / U -113)|
|Javon McKinley (Notre Dame)||72.5 (O -113 / U -113)|
|Michael Mayer (Notre Dame)||35.5 (O -113 / U -113)|
|Amari Rodgers (Clemson)||91.5 (O -113 / U -113)|
|Cornell Powell (Clemson)||89.5 (O -113 / U -113)|
Game Preview and Betting Angles
Notre Dame shocked the world by beating Clemson earlier this year, but it won’t be so easy to do it a second time. Lawrence is back in the lineup after missing some time during the year for COVID-19. Although he likely won’t win the Heisman Trophy due to those missed games, Lawrence is still the best player in the country.
But don’t sleep on Ian Book. He is the winningest quarterback in Notre Dame history and even though he might not have the natural ability that Lawrence possesses, Book just knows how to win.
Notre Dame Game Notes
Let’s start with Ian Book, who has continued to improve as the season has gone on. He has 15 passing touchdowns and only two interceptions. But Book is a dual-threat quarterback and his eight rushing touchdowns can attest to that. Book didn’t have his best game against Clemson earlier this year, but again, he’s just a winner. He was good enough to help guide the Irish to the win.
If Notre Dame is going to have any chance at upsetting Clemson, they will need to have a balanced offensive attack. Some downfield passing from Book and a strong running game is the key to breaking down Clemson.
Luckily for the Irish, Kyren Williams is one of the best running backs in the country. He ran for 140 yards and three touchdowns in the win over Clemson this year. Two of those touchdowns came in overtime to seal the victory.
Defensively, the Irish are one of the best groups in college football. They rank 12th in the nation in scoring defense as they are only allowing 17.1 points per game.
Clemson Game Notes
Although Notre Dame’s defense is strong, we don’t expect them to hold Clemson to 17 points. The Tigers were able to put up 40 on the Irish without Lawrence. However, Clemson was successful through the air against Notre Dame in their earlier meeting. If they want to win this time around, they will need to establish the ground game.
Travis Etienne was held to just 28 yards on 18 carries in their first meeting. He’s averaging 75.8 rush yards per game this year and he’s gone over 100 yards twice. If he can find his form this time around, Clemson is going to be tough to beat. But it’s not all on Etienne. The Clemson offensive line has to do a much better job in the run game. Notre Dame dominated the trenches in the first game.
Stopping the Notre Dame run is going to be another major key in this game. The Tigers were outrushed by 174 yards in the loss and that strong rushing attack allowed the Irish to play the game at their own pace. Clemson must be more assertive and physical.
Notre Dame – Clemson History
We have already mentioned the 2020 meeting between these teams, but how do they stack up all-time? Clemson holds the all-time lead in the season series 3-2, but these two historic teams have only played each other three times since 2015. The Tigers are 2-1 in those three games.
Notre Dame is likely going to go back to the independent life after this season. This might be their only chance to win a conference championship game ever.
Betting Picks and Score Prediction
This is a lot of points for Clemson to lay but go with the Tigers against the spread. Notre Dame caught Clemson at the right time earlier this year, but lightning doesn’t strike twice. The under on the total points is another solid play, but we’re sticking with Clemson laying the points as our best bet.
Final Score Prediction: Clemson wins 31-20
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