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Clemson, 0-7 ATS, Looks to Avoid Joining Exclusive List

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Things have not gone well for Clemson in 2021. You probably already know that.

But the betting market and betting results can tell us just how wrong things have gone for teams.

Clemson has already joined some elite company. The Tigers are one of 14 teams in the last 20 years to start a season with seven against the spread losses, per our data at Bet Labs. This year’s Missouri team also made the list.

Just seven other teams have ever started a season with eight straight ATS losses — and none of them started the season in a position like Clemson, fresh off another College Football Playoff appearance.

Year Team ATS Streak
2019 Akron 0-10
2005 Duke* 0-10*
2006 Fresno State 0-9
2020 Kansas 0-8
2017 BYU 0-8
2008 Wyoming 0-8
2008 Washington State* 0-8*
2021 Clemson 0-7
2021 Missouri 0-7
2015 Old Dominion 0-7
2013 Cal 0-7
2006 UNC 0-7
2004 Washington 0-7
2003 UCF 0-7 0-7

Both 2008 Washington State and 2005 Duke played FCS schools in games that did not have betting lines during these losing streaks. Duke beat VMI by 26, Washington State beat Portland State by 39.

That 2005 Duke team didn’t cover a game all season, finishing 1-10 straight-up with that lone win over VMI. The 2019 Akron squad eventually covered in its second to last game of the season as a four-touchdown underdog against Miami Ohio. They followed up that 20-17 loss with a 52-3 blowout loss to Ohio. They did not cover that one.

Clemson has fallen from the top five of our betting power ratings to 31st since the start of the season, though still ahead of teams like Michigan State and Wake Forest.

This week, the Tigers are a 9.5-point home favorite over Florida State.

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