The No. 6 Tennessee Volunteers (10-2) and No. 10 Clemson Tigers (11-2) will face off in the College Football Orange Bowl in 2022. Both teams had excellent seasons, and they’ll be hoping to end them on a high note by winning the Orange Bowl.
With a record of 11-2 this year, the Tigers, under head coach Dabo Swinney, have performed admirably, including winning the ACC Championship against North Carolina 39-10. On the other hand, the Josh Heupel-led Volunteers will be seeking to finish on a high note after going 2-2 in their last four contests, including a 56-0 win over Vanderbilt in their last game.
Oddsmakers at Mybookie have listed the Clemson Tigers as 5 points (-110) favorites in this matchup. The Tigers will have NCAAF odds of -210 on the moneyline, while the Tennessee Volunteers will be +180 underdogs. Additionally, the total has been listed on Mybookie at 63.5 (-110) points.
Clemson is the Favorite, can they win the Bowl?
Clemson Tigers Look to Cap Off 2022 Season with a Win
Having won the ACC title seven times in a row, Clemson will play in its seventh Orange Bowl game overall and its first since the College Football Playoff Semifinal in 2015. Clemson enters this matchup with 11 wins to their credit, including crushing North Carolina in the ACC Championship game.
The Cade Klubnik show is here to stay as the Freshman made a commanding entrance in the ACC Championship Game by tossing for 279 yards and a touchdown while also scoring on the ground. After unseating incumbent DJ Uigalelei, the Tigers’ offense should take off with unrelenting pressure to give Klubnik more reps. Clemson’s offense is led by Will Shipley, who has rushed for 1,110 yards and 15 touchdowns this season. Overall, Clemson is averaging 34.7 points per game.
A great defensive team, Clemson only allows 20.1 points per game, but they will be hindered without star pass rusher Myles Murphy who opted out to focus on the NFL draft.
Tennessee Volunteers Primed to Walk Away Losers
Tennessee will have a few players who decide not to play in the bowl game for a variety of reasons, similar to many other teams throughout the nation. Hendon Hooker, the quarterback, is the most noteworthy player. Hendon Hooker tore his ACL, terminating his season just before the season ended. Jalin Hyatt, winner of the Biletnikoff Award, and fellow receiver Cedric Tillman decided not to participate in order to concentrate on the NFL Draft.
Despite finishing the year 9-3 ATS, the Volunteers proved they had trouble keeping up with other teams without Hendon Hooker under center as they finished 2-2 straight up and against the spread in their last four contests.
Why the Tigers will Win the Orange Bowl
It will be intriguing to see who wins this game, which looks to be a thrilling contest between two highly regarded teams. The Volunteers have had a tremendous season up to this point, but they will be without its top quarterback Hendon Hooker and wide receivers Cedric Tillman and Jalin Hyatt in this matchup.
Not only is Clemson the healthier and more talented team in this matchup, but they don’t have as many questions surrounding their program as Tennessee. The Vols’ poor passing defense, which allows 287 yards per game, proved to be their downfall versus the Gamecocks. Cade Klubnik finally gets to showcase his skills, and despite some inexperience, it would seem that the Tigers are better positioned to profit from the situation.Clemson is 3-1 ATS in their last four contests and they should easily cover this matchup and win the game convincingly.