BLACK FRIDAY -- 50% OFF
Start betting like a PRO

College Football Odds & Pick for Clemson vs. Notre Dame: Don’t Bet the Tigers

Credit:

Quinn Harris/Getty Images. Pictured: Brian Kelly and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Clemson vs. Notre Dame Betting Odds

Clemson Odds -5 [BET NOW]
Notre Dame Odds +5 [BET NOW]
Moneyline -215/+175 [BET NOW]
Over/Under 50 [BET NOW]
Time 7:30 p.m. ET
TV NBC
Odds as of Saturday at 6 p.m. ET and via DraftKings. Get up to a $1,000 sign-up bonus at DraftKings today.

Clemson Tigers

Trevor Lawrence missed the Boston College game with a positive COVID-19 test, thrusting DJ Uiagalelei into the starting quarterback role. While the betting market adjusted Clemson six points of power rating, Uiagalelei showed plenty of positives as a first-time starter. Clemson went 41% in passing downs and 50% in passing plays — both well above the national average. Seven passes exceeded 15 yards as Clemson put up a monster 73% in possessions with two-plus first downs.

The Tigers defense needed a halftime wake-up call to secure the victory over the Eagles. After throwing multiple explosive passes in touchdown drives, Phil Jurkovec and the Boston College offense were shut out in the second half. Now, the Tigers must deal with a slew of injuries on the defensive side of the ball.

James Skalski ranks fourth on the team in tackles, but his real worth came in pass defense as the second-highest graded coverage player, per Pro Football Focus.

The highest-graded coverage player for Clemson was linebacker Mike Jones, who will also miss the game against the Fighting Irish. The two starters had combined for just one sack and six hurries but allowed only 31 YACs on 15 opponent targets. All-ACC defensive end Xavier Thomas will sit the first half for a targeting penalty against Boston College.


Never Bet Alone: Download The Action Network App for live odds & scores, picks from experts & your friends, and live win probabilities on all your bets.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Brian Kelly may be fielding the best defensive unit during his tenure in South Bend.

Defensive coordinator Clark Lea has been fantastic since the departure of Mike Elko to Texas A&M. Notre Dame is in the top 10 in plenty of defensive categories that matter, including Success Rate, Havoc, Finishing Drives and coverage. Experience may be an additional factor in this game, as this Irish group of defenders lost to Clemson in the Playoff semifinals in 2019 and led the cover against Georgia in 2019.

The offense has been under first-year offensive coordinator Tommy Rees, who has elected to utilize a rush-heavy offense. A near 68% run rate through the season has essentially kept quarterback Ian Book off tape for opponents to study. The question remains whether or not Notre Dame has done this by design leading up to Clemson, or if there is no faith in a receiving corps that lost Chase Claypool and needed answers for Book.

In limited passing attempts, the Irish ranks 33rd in Passing Success Rate, led by tight end Michael Mayer’s seven avoided tackles after the catch and wide receiver Javon McKinley’s 18.9 yards per reception.



Betting Analysis & Pick

The national narrative is that Notre Dame has been abysmal against top-10 competition. The Brian Kelly era may lack straight-up victories over the top teams in the nation, but backing the Irish has been profitable. Per Bet Labs, Notre Dame is 8-3 against the spread against top-10 teams since 2010 when listed as an underdog.

With Clemson sporting so many losses on the defense, it’s expected that Notre Dame can find some offensive success from the start. The most explosive passing attempts have come from the backfield, as Jafar Armstrong has averaged 16.7 YACs on three receptions. If Rees has held back in the passing game, the Tigers may be ripe in giving up explosive plays through the air.



The coverage ranks from PFF have Notre Dame and Clemson as top-eight programs in the country in defending the pass. This could force Uiagalelei and Ian Book to leave the pocket more than usual or lean on passes to weapons out of the backfield.

Each team ranks top-15 in special teams, which will lead to excellent starting field positions for the defense. The team that can sustain drives and convert scoring opportunities will win. The Irish should have the upper hand in the first half, and with a change in rush rate from Rees, Notre Dame has a chance to pull of the upset.

Pick: Notre Dame +3 First Half; Notre Dame +5.5 or better

[Bet Notre Dame now at DraftKings and get a $1,000 bonus, including a $500 risk-free bet]

How would you rate this article?

Top Offers

Odds Boosts
See More >
Odds boosts are simply regular bets offered at enticing odds. They're available to everyone and there's no limit to how many you can bet.
Sportsbook Reviews
See More >
Discover the best online sports betting sites and take advantage of bonus offers from legal sportsbooks.
Expert Picks
See More >
See what plays the Action Network experts are making for all of today's games.
PRO Membership
See More >
Access betting systems and signals to get daily, actionable picks.
Download the App
See More >
Download the Action app to track all your bets in one place. Exclusive data helped you make smarter betting decisions.
Newsletter
See More >
The best sports betting newsletter with trends, insights and news - condensed in a two-minute read.
Live Odds
See More >
See live odds and the best lines for every game.

Follow Us On Social

Top Stories