Clemson Tigers 2022 Season Betting Guide

Clemson Tigers 2022 Season Betting Guide

Written by on July 14, 2022

Most schools would be thrilled if their football team finished a season with 10 victories and a bowl win, but the 2021 season was a disappointment for Clemson as the Tigers’ streak of six straight ACC championships and trips to the College Football Playoff ended. What to expect this year? Here’s your NCAA Football betting preview.

Clemson Tigers 2022 Season Betting Guide

While Clemson’s defense remained one of the best in the nation last year, the offense without three-year starter Trevor Lawrence really struggled. We got a glimpse of what was to come with a 10-3 loss in the season opener to eventual national champion Georgia. The Tigers did finish the year strong, though, winning their final six – including 20-13 over Iowa State in the Cheez-It Bowl to finish at 10-3.

Tigers cornerback Mario Goodrich forced a key fumble on fourth down with 33 seconds to play against the Cyclones to mark the 11th-consecutive year in which the Tigers won 10 or more games. Clemson won its final six games of the season.

The victory was the 150th at Clemson for Coach Dabo Swinney in his 14th season (including an interim stint in 2008) to move past Barry Switzer (149) for sole possession of the third-most wins through the first 15 seasons of a coaching career in FBS history. Swinney joined Urban Meyer (165) and Bob Stoops (160) as the only coaches in FBS history to win 150 games in the first 15 seasons of a head coaching career. Swinney earned his 150th career win in only his 186th career game as head coach.

He became the sixth-fastest coach in FBS history to 150 wins, trailing only Meyer (176), Gil Dobie (180), Barry Switzer (180), Fielding Yost (184) and Joe Paterno (184). Swinney is the fourth-fastest in the modern era. Swinney earned his 11th bowl victory to tie Bowden’s ACC record (11) for the most career bowl wins leading an ACC program.

Clemson became only the third program in history ever to post 11 consecutive 10-win seasons, joining Florida State (14 from 1987-2000) and Alabama (14 from 2008-21). Clemson is the first school to win 10 games in 11 straight seasons as a member of the ACC.

Swinney has to rebuild his coaching staff this offseason. Offensive coordinator Tony Elliott is the new head coach at Virginia. He had been a member of Clemson’s staff since 2011 and the Tigers’ primary playcaller on offense the past seven seasons. Defensive coordinator Brent Venables was hired as Oklahoma’s head coach. Venables’ defenses at Clemson consistently ranked near the top nationally in most statistical categories. He was the Broyles Award winner in 2016 as the top assistant coach in college football. He had turned down multiple head-coaching opportunities in recent years to stay at Clemson.

Senior defensive assistant Wes Goodwin was promoted to defensive coordinator and safeties coach Mickey Conn will also take on a co-defensive coordinator’s role. Goodwin will be the primary playcaller on defense. Quarterbacks coach Brandon Streeter was elevated to offensive coordinator.

Clemson’s defense should again be stellar with two preseason All-Americans back defensive tackle Bryan Bresee and linebacker Trenton Simpson. Both should be very high picks in the 2023 NFL Draft. Breese, a former No. 1 overall recruit, was a third-team All-ACC selection last year despite being limited to four games. He was credited with 15 tackles (3.0 for loss), 1.5 sacks and an interception over 154 snaps in four games (all starts).

Quarterback DJ Uiagalelei was a Heisman candidate entering last year but largely flopped as Trevor Lawrence’s replacement. DJ completed 208-of-374 passes for 2,246 yards with nine touchdowns over 862 snaps in 13 games (all starts), finishing the season as one of only four offensive or defensive players to start every game for Clemson. He also rushed 105 times for 308 yards with four touchdowns.

The California native completed only 55.6 percent of his passes, which ranked No. 98 nationally. As a team, Clemson’s passing offense was No. 103 nationally in yards per game.

“We’ve got to get some confidence in the passing game, and we lost our confidence last year,” Tigers tight ends coach and passing game coordinator Kyle Richardson says. “Once we lost it, it was hard to get it back. We’ve made some tweaks.”

Uiagalelei enters 2022 on a bit of a hot seat thanks to a lackluster 2021 season and the presence of talented freshman quarterback Cade Klubnik.

Clemson should be favored in every regular season game except perhaps out of conference at Notre Dame on Nov. 5. The toughest ACC game likely will be home to Miami on Nov. 19.

Clemson Expert Prediction

  • 10-2 record, ACC champion

 

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