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ACC Championship Game North Carolina vs. Clemson Picks & Predictions

Plenty of bettors believe North Carolina could pull off the upset tonight when the Tar Heels take on Clemson in the ACC Championship Game tonight at 8:00PM ET.

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In some respects I feel like Clemson is being under-priced here. You can take the No. 1 team in the nation, which owns a top 10 defense and an offense that averages nearly 40 points a game and only lay 4.5 points? Where do I sign up?

But let's look back over the last few weeks. The Tigers gave up 32 points to South Carolina in their last game. They gave up 27 points to Syracuse three weeks ago. And in their last game against a ranked program, Florida State gave Clemson all it could handle until its defense finally broke in the second half.

There's an argument to be made that the Tigers have been on cruise control since the win over the Seminoles. That they played down to their competition because they've been waiting for their crack at the big boys in the playoffs. So be it. It's a decent argument.

But that doesn't change the fact that led by quarterback Marquise Williams and running back Elijah Hood, North Carolina is stacked with talent. The Tar Heels, despite not playing a formidable opponent this season, can hang with the Tigers and potentially pull off the upset if things are tight in the fourth quarter. They rank 11th in points scored, averaging 41.2 PPG, and are allowing just 20.8 PPG on defense, which is 19th-fewest in the country.

According to oddsmakers from online sports book, the Tar Heels are 4.5-point underdogs for tonight's game. North Carolina can play and I'd take the points.


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