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Clemson narrowly avoids monster upset at North Carolina

Week 5 almost brought us the upset of the year in college football. The Clemson Tigers are stumbling against the spread.

Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) carries the football against the North Carolina Tar Heels in the first half at Kenan Memorial Stadium. Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports

The Clemson Tigers remain undefeated, but the North Carolina Tar Heels gave them as big a scare as we might see this year. The 2-3 Tar Heels scored a touchdown in the closing minutes to cut the lead to 21-20. Given the circumstances it is no surprise they went for a two-point conversion, but they came up just short and lost.

Clemson offered up a sleepwalking performance, with Trevor Lawrence looking average. He completed 18 of 30 passes for 206 yards and a touchdown, and added 45 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown. He’s put up some big numbers at times this season, but there’s some buzz missing after his 2018 campaign.

Bettors are trying to figure out the Tigers as well. Clemson was a 28-point favorite, and thus failed to cover. They dropped to 3-2 on the season against the spread and get a bye week before hosting Florida State on October 12th. They’ll be sizable favorites, but given the way Clemson has looked, it will be interesting to see where the line lands. They were 16-point favorites against Texas A&M, and likely will be slightly higher favorites against the Seminoles.

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