When we look back at the regular season that was in 2020, we might look back at the Nov. 7 matchup between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Clemson Tigers as the most exciting game of the year with Notre Dame coming out on top 47-40 in double overtime. Luckily for us, we get to watch it all over again on Saturday for the ACC title game.
Whoever wins this game is a lock for the College Football Playoff. If Notre Dame falls short in the rematch, it will have a much better case for a spot than Clemson would if the Tigers lose this one. Saturday’s game will get started at 4 p.m. ET on ABC from Charlotte, North Carolina.
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 losing the first go around in South Bend, Clemson is up to a 10.5-point favorite in this matchup. However, bettors disagree as Notre Dame is the side getting 69% of the bets and 65% of the handle.
Is the public right? Yes, this is a pretty surprising line because these are two evenly matched teams, and both have a lot to play for. Clemson did not have Trevor Lawrence in the last game and he’s back, but quarterback wasn’t an issue for the Tigers in that game. Notre Dame dominated at the line of scrimmage, outrushing Clemson 208-34. There’s a ton of value in taking the Irish in this spot.
Looking at the point total, which is set at 60, the over is getting a ton of the action. Eighty-seven percent of bets are rooting for points, and that’s where 83% of the money is going to.
Is the public right? No, that’s too many points. I’ll take the under. When people look at the previous game’s score which totaled 87 between both teams, 21 of those points were scored in the two overtime sessions. If you have any questions on how good Notre Dame’s defense is, look no further than two games ago when the unit held one of the best offenses in the sport, North Carolina, to zero points in the second half, and Clemson’s ranks even better in terms of yards per play allowed.
Looking at the moneyline odds, Clemson is at -455 with Notre Dame at +330. The Tigers are getting 75% of the bets on their side along with 81% of the moneyline handle.
Is the public right? I’m not seeing the reason Clemson is favored by this much more than Notre Dame, so if I had to bet based on these odds, I’m going against the public and taking the Fighting Irish with this type of value. Betting on Clemson in this spot is not enough of a payout for it to be worth it.
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