Clemson and Notre Dame square off at Death Valley on Saturday in the marquee matchup of Week 5. While the line favored the Tigers at first, the game is now coming off as a pick’em, as the Irish are expected to play tough on the road.
The Clemson Tigers are 11–0 straight up and 8–3 against the spread in their last 11 games at home. Dabo Swinney’s team will look to capitalize on its home-field advantage at Death Valley this Saturday night when it hosts the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Clemson and Notre Dame are going off as a betting pick’em according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The Tigers had been bet up to a 2.5-point favorite earlier in the week, but wagers coming in on Notre Dame have brought the line back to even.
While many people think of Clemson as an offense-first team under Swinney, the defense has been very good in recent years as well. The Tigers are allowing only 12.4 points per game so far in 2015 and dating back to last year have allowed 8.6 points per game in their last seven games at home.
Going up against another stingy defensive team in Notre Dame this week, Clemson will need to stay sharp on that side of the ball as points figure to be hard to come by.
The Tigers are 10–1 SU and 7–4 ATS in their last 11 home games in the month of October per the OddsShark College Football Database.
Despite being ravaged by injuries, Notre Dame has been impressive in getting out to a 4–0 SU and 3–1 ATS start. The Irish have won in different ways, dominating on defense in wins over Texas and Georgia Tech while flexing their muscles on offense in a 62–27 win over Massachusetts last week.
Now Notre Dame will be tasked with keeping up that level of play against another well-rounded team, this time on the road. The Irish are just 1–5 SU and 2–4 ATS in their last six games away from home.
The total for Saturday’s Notre Dame vs. Clemson betting matchup is set at 54 points. The UNDER is 5–2 in Notre Dame’s last seven games on the road against ACC opponents and 6–1 in Clemson’s last seven games overall.
If the caliber at which these defenses have been playing remains the same on Saturday, these trends toward low-scoring games could continue.