Updated Clemson Odds: Trevor Lawrence Tests Positive for COVID-19, Out vs. Boston College
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Boston College vs. Clemson Odds
|Boston College Odds||+24.5 [Bet Now]|
|Clemson Odds||-24.5 [Bet Now]|
|Moneyline||+1025/-1752 [Bet Now]|
|Over/Under||58.5 [Bet Now]|
|Time||Saturday, 12 p.m. ET|
2:20 p.m. ET update: Clemson is back above the key number of 24, now listed at -24.5 across most of the market, including at PointsBet. The total has also started to make its way back upward, and is now being offered at 58.5.
Lawrence’s Heisman odds have now taken a bit of a hit. While he’s still favored, he’s come down from -167 earlier in the week to -110 at DraftKings.
Friday 2:30 a.m. ET update: Reaction to the seven-point move has resulted in another, eighth, point of line movement. Clemson is now down to -23.5, which is significant considering 24 is a key number in college football betting. The total however, has taken a step in the other direction, now listed at 56.5.
Clemson’s odds to win the National Championship have also taken a slight hit as a result of Lawrence’s positive test. At DraftKings, the Tigers were +120 favorites to win it all earlier this week. Now, while still favored, they’ve been pushed back to +150.
11:20 p.m. ET update: BetMGM has reopened Clemson as a 24.5-point favorite, with an over/under of 55.5. Those numbers are down from -31.5 and 59.5, respectively, prior to any Lawrence news.
9 p.m. ET update: Following an announcement from head coach Dabo Swinney confirming that Lawrence will miss Saturday’s game, Boston College vs. Clemson odds have been taken off the board.
Original publish, Thursday 8:45 p.m. ET: Some rough news hit the college football world Thursday evening, as it was announced that Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence — as in, the Heisman frontrunner and most coveted NFL prospect in recent memory — tested positive for COVID-19.
That means he’ll have to isolate for 10 days … and miss this weekend’s matchup with Boston College, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Trevor Lawrence must now isolate 10 days after testing positive for COVID-19. He is out against Boston College, at least. https://t.co/F5HXavq1nm
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 30, 2020
Lawrence and the Tigers were 30-point favorites around much of the market prior to the news. And while it’s not like anyone’s expecting them to now lose this game, there was still a noteworthy shift on the odds board.
Now, this isn’t necessarily to suggest that Lawrence is worth just three points to the spread. Oddsmakers could be waiting for a more official confirmation, or be weighing Lawrence’s importance slightly less in a game that’s expected to be a blowout in any case.
Clemson’s backup options include freshman D.J. Uiagalelei and redshirt freshman Taisun Phommachanh.
Uiagalelei has completed 12-of-19 passes for 102 yards this season, while Phommachanh sits at 5-of-17 passing for 17 yards and an interception.
Only 41% of bettors have taken the Tigers to cover their lofty spread as of writing.