Clemson entered their last two bowl games as the underdogs, and were able to win both of them, which include last year’s Orange Bowl victory over Ohio State. Price per head wagering companies know that on Monday, Clemson (9-3) will again be the dogs when they face Oklahoma (8-4) at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando on the 29th of December when the Russell Athletic Bowl gets underway.
The game’s betting line opened as a pick ’em, and the total was not available
This season, Clemson had a 1-2 start, which include a loss in overtime to Florida State – champions of the ACC, but were then able to win six consecutive games. The Tigers then ended up losing to Georgia Tech, but they won their last two matchups, which include a win of 35-17 against South Carolina when the Palmetto Bowl took place, and in their rivalry they broke a losing streak of five meetings.
Clemson only have a ranking of 62nd place in their total offense and in rushing they’re 80th, but in their total defense the team have first place. They were able to limit the teams that they took on to only 260 yards-per-game, and against the run they’re at seventh place, as on the ground they only gave up 98 yards per game. They were also able to hold seven opponents to 17 or less points.
This year, Oklahoma had a 4-0 start, then over the last eight matchups went 4-4, having an 8-4 finish. However, they could have made it 10-2 or 11-1 without that much effort. Two defensive TD’s were given up by the Sooners when they lost to TCU 37-33.
When they were beaten by Kansas State 31-30, they allowed for one more score, and weren’t able to score seven points in kicking. They surrendered a punt return of 92 yards with less than one minute left, forcing the meeting in the Bedlam matchup against Oklahoma State to overtime, and losing by a field goal.
Having recorded 269 yards-per-game, Oklahoma have a ranking of 9th place in the nation when it comes to rushing, and against the run they’re at 10th place, holding their opponents to 110 yards-per-game. These figures are what tend to lead to a team to cover and win.
Clemson won’t have the services of QB Deshaun Watson, who this season recorded 19 TD’s before suffering an injury to the knee and being out of the game. This season, they were able to go 6-2 SU in meetings in which backup QB Cole Stoudt took most snaps, but they only went 2-6 ATS, as Watson’s absence was problematic for the team’s offence.
In the meantime, the Sooners might not have the services of RB Samaje Perine, but apparently Trevor Knight is set to go back at QB. Price per head wagering companies can see that on offense, Oklahoma have an advantage, while the Tigers are better off when it comes to their defense, and it’s normally better to wager on the team who is defensively better. However, many experts believe that the Sooners should be the ones to go for in this meeting.