Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Clemson’s Clelin Ferrell
Clemson 2018 Betting Odds
- To win the National Title: +525
- To win the ACC: -190
- To win the ACC Atlantic: -340
- Makes Playoff: Yes -130, No +100
- Makes NY6 Bowl: Yes -430, No +310
- Win Total: 11 (over -120)
All lines taken from 5Dimes on July 23. Always shop for the best line.
Clemson 2018 Schedule, Betting Odds
The Action Network Projected Wins: 11.4
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Clemson to make the College Football Playoff (-100, Westgate)
I’ve written plenty of content on Clemson deserving a bet to make the College Football Playoff. BetOnline and 5Dimes no longer have this bet at plus-money, but you can still find even-money at Westgate in Las Vegas.
With Clemson listed at -340 to win the Atlantic Division and -190 to win the ACC, I still think the playoff prop offers the most value. I am personally invested in all things Tigers.
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Quarterback Kelly Bryant had issues with explosiveness last season, as Clemson ranked 119th offensively in 2017. That showed in the College Football Playoff semifinal against Alabama, as the Tigers just didn’t have the offensive firepower to come back from a two-score deficit.
However, the addition of true freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence could resolve the explosiveness piece of the puzzle. Couple that with a defense that ranked No. 2 in defensive S&P+ and returns a strong 75% of its production on that side of the ball, and this is a scary-good team.
What else you need to know about Clemson
Lawrence’s opening-drive bomb in the spring game was exciting, but it exposed a potential problem at cornerback. Clemson is two-deep at every position and has the fewest flaws in FBS, but corner play could become an issue.
Luckily for the Tigers, they don’t face many quarterbacks who can exploit their corners — especially in their two toughest games against Texas A&M and Florida State.
However, N.C. State senior signal-caller Ryan Finley could have a field day. Even with Clemson an anticipated three-score favorite, that game (on Oct. 20) smells like a trap. I’ll patiently wait for a Wolfpack +21 to pop before making an investment.