Two of college football’s top squads duke it out at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Garden on Friday when ACC champ Clemson takes on SEC power Tennessee. At one point this season, the Vols ranked first in the nation. Tennessee tailed off towards the end of the season, but the Volunteers still rank in the top ten at number six. Clemson ranks fifth in the nation. Will the Tigers win and cover? Or will the Volunteers get it done in one of this season’s top non-playoff bowl games? Check out NCAA Football Bowl Betting Odds, analysis, and a free pick for Tennessee versus Clemson.
Who is Playing in the Orange Bowl? | Tennessee Volunteers vs Clemson Tigers
Orange Bowl Betting Info for Notre Dame at South Carolina
- When: Friday, Dec. 30 at 8:00 pm ET
- Where: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Garden, FL
- TV / Streaming: ESPN/ESPN+
- ATS Odds: Clemson -5.5
- Money line Odds: Tennessee +172 / Clemson -215
- Over/Under Odds: 63.5
Why bet on Clemson versus Tennessee?
DJ Uiagalelei entered the transfer portal, which means Cade Klubnik will get the start. Although many believe starting Cade will be to Clemson’s detriment, the truth is that it might help the Tigers.
Klubnik threw for 279 yards and a TD with zero interceptions in Clemson’s 39-10 rout of North Carolina in the ACC title contest. He’s been building a rapport with Clemson’s receivers and should be ready on Dec. 30 to lead the Tigers to a win.
Clemson Tigers Offensive Averages
- Total Yards: 404.6
- Passing Yards: 225.2
- Rushing Yards: 179.5
- Points Scored: 34.7
- Turnovers: 12
Clemson Tigers Defensive Averages
- Total Yards: 332.3
- Passing Yards: 230.0
- Rushing Yards: 102.3
- Points Scored: 20.1
- Takeaways: 13
Why bet on Tennessee versus Clemson?
Hendon Hooker won’t play due to an injury. Hooker’s absence is the reason Clemson is such a big favorite.
But even without Hooker, Tennessee managed 56 points in their final regular season game. How? By rushing the football. Current HC Josh Heupel leaned on a rushing attack that rumbled for 362 yards on 31 carries.
No doubt, Heupel will have constructed the perfect strategy to exploit Clemson’s defense.
Tennessee Volunteers Offensive Averages
- Total Yards: 538.1
- Passing Yards: 332.3
- Rushing Yards: 205.8
- Points Scored: 47.3
- Turnovers: 8
Tennessee Volunteers Defensive Averages
- Total Yards: 398.8
- Passing Yards: 286.7
- Rushing Yards: 1122.2
- Points Scored: 23.5
- Takeaways: 9
Volunteers vs Tigers Relevant Trends
- Volunteers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 versus a non-conference opponent
- Tennessee is 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games overall
- Over is 6-1 in the Vols’ last 7 bowl games
- Tigers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 bowl games
- Clemson is 11-3 ATS in their last 14 bowl games
- Under is 4-0 in their last 4 neutral site games
Tennessee Volunteers vs Clemson Tigers Final Betting Prediction
Clemson usually performs well in bowl games. This season could be an exception. The Tigers will be without their best pass rusher, Myles Murphy.
Not only that, but their top linebacker, Trenton Simpson, will also skip. The Vols will be without Jalen Hyatt and receiver Cedric Tillman, which means Heupel will go to the run.
Tennessee’s entire offensive line will play. So without Murphy and Simpson, who had 41 solo tackles, 2.5 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles, the Tigers could struggle to stop Tennessee’s rushing attack.
If Milton must throw, he can. The guess here is that he won’t have to. Josh Heupel knows putting a stamp on Tennessee’s banner year means beating one of the best programs in the nation in one of the country’s top bowl games. The Vols win this straight up.
NCAAF Orange Bowl Pick: Tennessee Volunteers +172