Is Clemson a Good Bet as an Underdog? Odds, Notes and History Leading Up To Week 8 vs. Pitt

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Streeter Lecka/Getty Images. Pictured: Dabo Swinney

Clemson is a three-point underdog on the road at Pitt in Week 8. Sound the alarms.

If it sounds weird for the national powerhouse to be catching points — and not laying them — it’s because it is.

Saturday’s game marks just the third time Clemson’s been a ‘dog in ACC play over the last eight(!) years.

Since 2005, the Tigers are 15-5 against the spread as a conference dog, taking nine of those 20 outright.

Clemson’s History in the Underdog Role (since 2005)

Year Opponent Score ATS W/L
2016 Louisville W, 42-36 Win
2014 Florida State L, 23-17 Win
2013 Florida State L, 51-14 Loss
2012 Florida State L, 49-37 Win
2011 Virginia Tech W, 38-10 Win
2011 Virginia Tech W, 25-3 Win
2010 Florida State L, 16-13 Win
2010 North Carolina L, 21-16 Loss
2010 Miami L, 30-21 Loss
2009 Miami W, 40-37 Win
2009 Georgia Tech L, 30-27 Win
2008 Florida State L, 41-27 Loss
2008 Boston College W, 27-21 Win
2008 Georgia Tech L, 21-17 Loss
2007 Florida State W, 24-18 Win
2006 Florida State W, 27-20 Win
2005 Georgia Tech L, 10-9 Win
2005 NC State W, 31-10 Win
2005 Miami L, 36-30 Win
2005 Maryland W, 28-24 Win

Current head coach Dabo Swinney was hired midway through the 2008 season. He lost in his debut to Georgia Tech, 21-17, and failed to cover; since then, he’s 9-4 against the spread as a ‘dog, with five outright dubs.

Perhaps the new role of catching points will provide a breath of fresh air for Swinney and Co.

After squeaking out a three-point win at Syracuse in Week 7, the Tigers moved to 0-7 against the spread dating back to last season. To top it off, Clemson hasn’t come within five points of covering the spread in any of those contests.

Although the visitors have performed better on the national scope lately, our Power Ratings agree with the home team laying points: Pitt’s 12th overall — 19 spots ahead of Clemson.

The Panthers are favored to win the ACC at +130 at DraftKings, ahead of Clemson’s +320 price tag.

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