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Tigers Looking to Three-Peat in ACC Championship Game

In one of the most anticipated showdowns in recent ACC history, the Miami Hurricanes will look to dethrone the Clemson Tigers as the conference’s king on Saturday night in Charlotte. This is much easier said than done, however, as the ’Canes opened as an 8-point underdog. Miami has been an underdog just once this season and hasn’t been an underdog of this size in over two years.

Shark Bites
  • Miami is 1-4 ATS in its last five games against Clemson.
  • The total has gone OVER in Miami’s last four games against Clemson.
  • Miami is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games against conference opponents.

The Hurricanes come into the game with their season-long momentum shattered after suffering a 24-14 loss to Pittsburgh as a 12-point favorite. Backers of the team will be happy to remind you that their most impressive win of the season came in that lone game of the season where they were an underdog, when they demolished Notre Dame 41-8 as a 3.5-point dog.

Clemson has been on a tear since its upset loss to Syracuse in mid-October. Since the defeat, the Tigers have won five straight (3-1-1 ATS) with an average win margin of 24 points. A quick glance at the stats shows that Clemson has the edge on both sides of the ball as they score more and allow fewer points. It could be a busy day for running back Travis Etienne and mobile QB Kelly Bryant as the Tigers should look to take advantage of a ’Canes defense that allows 152.4 rushing yards per game. The Tigers will be attempting to tie Florida State for the most ACC championships with four.

As for the total, hovering in the 47.5-point range, bettors will be interested to know that the teams have a combined OVER/UNDER record of 6-16 this season. Miami has gone UNDER in eight of its last nine games, while Clemson has held its last three opponents to an average of just nine points per game.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

On the betting opening line for this matchup, the Clemson Tigers sat as an 8-point favorite, according to 5Dimes. The total had not been posted early in the week, so check the lines pages for the latest.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pointed to a potential 36-28 result in favor of the Tigers early in the week. That outcome may change during the week, if injuries alter the models, so check the college football picks page before game time. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

Miami-FL Hurricanes vs Clemson Tigers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Clemson bring a 11-1 record (7-4-1 ATS) to the Week 14 betting matchup against the 10-1 Miami Hurricanes, who are 5-6 against the spread. OVER/UNDER betting has seen Clemson go 5-7 so far and the Hurricanes go 2-9. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Clemson vs Miami injuries news.

According to the Power Rankings here at OddsShark it's the No. 9-rated Tigers and the No. 21-rated Hurricanes in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Clemson Tigers' No. 25-ranked offense (35.17 PPG) against a Miami Hurricanes defense that ranks No. 15 at 18.27 PPG. The Tigers passing attack has averaged 243.25 yards per game, more than the Hurricanes give up through the air (210 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Hurricanes own the league's No. 71-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 178.5 yards per game when on the road. Clemson, on the other hand, rates No. 28 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In their last game, the Hurricanes were Week 13 losers coming out on the wrong end of a 24-14 score against Pittsburgh.

Clemson cruised to victory in its last outing, as they ran up a 34-10 score against South Carolina at Williams-Brice Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • Miami is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Miami is 15-1 SU in its last 16 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Miami's last 9 games
  • Miami is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Clemson
  • Clemson is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • Clemson is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Miami
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Clemson's last 5 games when playing Miami