Even coming in as the number one ranked college football team in the world, the Clemson Tigers still come into the Orange Bowl as an underdog.
The Oklahoma Sooners have been on fire since suffering a 24-17 loss to arch rival Texas, and have shown little flaws since. Quarterback Baker Mayfield, leads the way with a 35:5 touchdown to interception ratio, and running back Samaje Perine comes in with just under 1,300 yards rushing.
On Dec. 30, three Clemson players were suspended; Deon Cain (34 rec 582 yards) being the impact player involved. The Tigers, however still come in with plenty of firepower.
While this season, will tell its own story, Clemson has had recent bowl game success as an underdog against more prestigious programs. Clemson has won its last three Bowl Games, which includes a 25-24 win over LSU in 2012, 40-35 over Ohio State in 2013, and 40-6 over the Oklahoma Sooners in last seasons Russell Athletic Bowl.
The Sooners have played as complete as any team in the country since the defeat to Texas, but good fortune has also been on Oklahoma’s side while running through the Big 12. Oklahoma defeated their three best conference opponents while their starting quarterbacks were out due to injury. Oklahoma defeated TCU, 30-29 without, Trevone Boykin, Baylor 44-34 without Seth Russel and Oklahoma State 58-23, with a banged up Mason Rudolph who only played one possession for the Cowboys . But give credit where credit is due, Oklahoma took care of business, and still bet very good teams.
The betting public is currently 50/50. This is a risky play, but as gambler I will be playing the College Football Playoff. I am taking Clemson +4, and also predicting we see a “dab” from coach Dabo after the game.
Clemson 41 Oklahoma 34 – OVER 63.5
Bet Sports Strong Rating C
***Bet Sports Strong Ratings***
A-Bet with confidence
B-Strong lean, but bet with caution
C-Slight lean, enjoy the game but be careful with your money
D-Prediction but not a good feel either way