The top-ranked Clemson Tigers will head on the road to play the No. 4 Notre Dame Fighting Irish in what might be the game of the year so far in 2020. If not, it’s pretty darn close. This is a tricky game to bet on with the absence of Clemson’s star quarterback Trevor Lawrence, as talented backup DJ Uiagalelei will get his second start.
So where are sports bettors going as we get closer to game time? Let’s take a look. All odds and info were provided by DraftKings Sportsbook.
Despite Lawrence being unable to play, Clemson enters as 5.5-point favorites leading into this game. The public is siding with the road favorites in this game with 60% of the bets coming in on the Tigers in addition to 71% of the handle.
Is the public right? Yes. Getting the No. 1 team in the country under a touchdown is tremendous value. Uiagalelei was notified late last week that he would be the starting quarterback against Boston College, and he played excellent throwing for 342 yards and two touchdowns on 30 of 41 passing. He also gained 25 yards on the ground with another touchdown. Now he has a full week of practice for the biggest regular season game of the season. Clemson should cover this spread.
The point total for this game sits at 50, and bettors on DraftKings are going to be rooting for points on Saturday night. Of the bets placed on the point total, 86% of them are going to the over, and 78% of the money is riding on the over as well.
Is the public right? Yes. I think Clemson wins this game and if it does, it likely means this game goes over with the Irish trying to play catch up with a much less explosive offense. If Notre Dame wins this game, it likely means the under has hit. The public is on the right side again.
Notre Dame’s odds to win on the moneyline is at +175, while Clemson is at -295 to win this game outright. The betting splits are dead even with each side getting 50% of the bets, though Notre Dame is getting 58% of the moneyline handle.
Is the public right? The money is going to the wrong place. Clemson, Ohio State and Alabama are the three best teams in the country with a big drop off after them. Betting against any of those teams to win is the wrong play.
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