ACC Championship Prediction

Virginia Cavaliers vs. Clemson Tigers, 12/7/19 ACC Championship Predictions

Will No. 23 Virginia be able to pose any threat to No. 3 Clemson when the two meet up tonight at 7:30PM ET in the ACC Championship Game?

Game Snapshot & Odds

121 Virginia vs. 122 Clemson

Saturday, December 7, 2019

7:30PM ET – Bank of America Stadium

TV: ABC

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Public Betting Trends

According to the latest oddsmakers, Clemson is the heavy favorite in this game, as the Tigers are getting odds of -28.5 points against Virginia. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 56.5 points. The public betting currently has 65 percent going on Clemson as the favorite. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NCAAF Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.

Clemson looking flawless

Clemson continued its perfect season last weekend with a 38-3 win at South Carolina. The Tigers have won all 12 games this season and all eight in the ACC. They have won their last seven by at least 31 points. Clemson is 9-3 against the spread this year and 7-5 with the under.

The Tigers have been dominant on both sides of the ball this season. The defense is giving up only 10.1 points and 232.8 yards per game. Isaiah Simmons is leading the defense with 84 tackles, six sacks and one interception. Offensively, Clemson is putting up 45.3 points and 541.8 yards per contest. Trevor Lawrence has thrown for 2,870 yards and 30 touchdowns while Travis Etienne has rushed for 1,386 yards and 16 scores. Tee Higgins is the team’s top receiver with 43 catches for 900 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Virginia breaks through

Virginia finds itself in its first ACC Championship Game thanks to ending a 15-game losing streak to Virginia Tech last weekend in a 39-30 win at home. UVA comes into this game 9-3 overall, 6-2 in the ACC, 6-5-1 against the spread and 8-4 with the over.

The Cavaliers have been pretty strong on defense this season, allowing just 23.5 points and 336.5 yards per game. Offensively, UVA is putting up 33.7 points and 390.3 yards per contest. Quarterback Bryce Perkins has been very valuable to the team. He has thrown for 2,949 yards and 16 touchdowns while rushing for 687 yards and 11 scores. Wayne Taulapapa has added 416 rushing yards and 12 scores while Hasise Dubois is the top receiver with 55 catches for 849 yards and three scores. The defense is being led by Zane Zandier, who has 85 tackles, five sacks and one interception.

College Football Betting Trends

Clemson

The Tigers are 5-1 against the spread in their last six games on a neutral field as a favorite and 4-0 ATS in four straight games in December.

Virginia

The Cavaliers are 4-1 against the spread in their last five games on a neutral field and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games as an underdog.

Prediction:

Clemson has won three straight against Virginia, but these two haven’t met since 2013. The Cavs may be able to use the element of surprise in that regard, but I think Clemson is going to be just fine. The Cavs have dropped three of their last four games away from home and were held to just nine points by Miami. Clemson has a better defense than Miami and an offense that has been dominant. The Tigers are still playing with a chip on their shoulder for being “overlooked” by some in the playoff picture. I think they want to make a statement that they still are the defending champions.

ACC Championship Prediction: Clemson -28.5

Related: ACC Championship Total Prediction

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