Notre Dame Vs. Clemson Predictions – Cotton Bowl Betting Odds
It might not get better than this on a Saturday afternoon. Notre Dame vs. Clemson. Two undefeated teams will be clashing for the right to play in the College Football championship game. That’s all you need to know. Clemson opened as an 11.5-point favorite, but it’s currently a 12-point favorite at MyBookie.ag. 61% of the betting public is taking the Irish to cover the spread. The game total is at 56.5 points after it opened 55.5.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish Vs. Clemson Tigers Cotton Bowl Predictions
I’ll be honest; I’m not a fan of having the Irish in the playoffs. Their schedule saw them beating four ranked teams this season. It includes Michigan, but that was in the first game of the season. Wins over Stanford, Virginia Tech and Syracuse, are not the most impressive. Plus Notre Dame benefits from not playing in a Conference and not having to deal with a conference championship game. This is familiar territory for Clemson and coach Dabo Swinney. The Tigers have been in this instance now four times in a row and has advanced to the title game in two of their previous three outings. But besides the experience, I feel like they have better personnel across the field. Clemson defense is one of the best in the nation both statistically and in talent.
They also have the playmakers in quarterback Trevor Lawrence, running back Travis Etienne and wide receiver Tee Higgins that Notre Dame doesn’t possess. I know people tend to say Notre Dame has a good defense, especially up front and don’t get me wrong, they do. But Clemson’s in on another level. Dabo has elevated the program to recruit only at the highest level and this evident when they reach the playoffs. I’m not sold on the Irish QB Ian Book. He lifted the team when they need him to, but he has thrown at least one pick in five of his last six games. Against Clemson, those mistakes will be deadly. What’s the play? Clemson -12.
Spread: Clemson -12
Money line: Notre Dame +350 vs. Clemson -450
Game total: 56.5
Date: Saturday, December 29, 2018
Game Time: 4:00 PM ET
Venue: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
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