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College Football Playoff Sharp Report: ND-Clemson Drawing Professional Action

Dec 29, 2018 12:45 PM EST

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  • Before placing your College Football Playoff bets for Saturday, you might want to know which bets sharps are making.
  • Sharps are bettors with long track records of consistent success.
  • Their favorite Saturday plays include a College Football Playoff bet on Notre Dame-Clemson (4:30 p.m. ET, ESPN).

The College Football Playoff is finally here, and sharp bettors are taking notice. While both semifinal matchups feature double digit point spreads, sharps have deemed one of those numbers to be too low.

That’s not to suggest that they’re waiting around for the playoff games to take part in Saturday’s action, however. In fact, two games prior to the playoff have also drawn significant activity from sharp bettors.

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Belk Bowl: South Carolina vs. Virginia

12 p.m. | ABC | Charlotte, NC

Sharp angle: Virginia (moved from +6 to +4.5)

Sharps didn’t waste any time pouncing on an opening spread they believed to be too high for this matchup.

Within a day, Virginia had moved from its opener of +6 down to +4, and remained there for over a week. That’s when oddsmakers attempted to push the line back toward South Carolina, but sharps hit Virginia once again, reaffirming their position on the Cavaliers.

Wiseguys have triggered three Sports Insights Bet Signals on Virginia, indicating at least three instances of market-wide line movement caused by sharp action.

Also revealing Virginia as the sharp side has been the bet vs. dollar discrepancy on the Cavs. Despite attracting only 38% of bettors, they’ve landed 59% of money being wagered, indicating bigger and probably sharper bets are behind them.

Cotton Bowl: Notre Dame vs. Clemson

4 p.m. ET | ESPN | Arlington, TX