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Clemson opens as nearly a touchdown favorite against Miami in the ACC Championship. According to OddsShark, the Tigers are favored by 6.5 points against the Hurricanes. Miami and Clemson square off in the ACC Championship on Saturday, December 2nd in Charlotte at 8 p.m. Eastern on ABC. The final College Football Playoff rankings and bowl matchups will be released the following day on December 3rd.
The Hurricanes are coming off their first loss of the season, after Pitt pulled off the upset on Black Friday. Miami is 10-1 straight up this season, but just 5-6 against the spread. Clemson is 11-1 straight up, while going 6-4-1 against the spread.
Clemson has wins over Auburn, Virginia Tech and NC State this season. The Tigers only defeat came in a narrow loss to Syracuse, a game where the Tigers played without quarterback Kelly Bryant for a good portion of the game. Clemson’s offense has transitioned smoothly from Deshaun Watson thanks to Bryant’s play. Bryant has thrown for 2,154 yards, 10 touchdowns and five interceptions this season. Bryant has also rushed for 613 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Miami has wins over Notre Dame, Virginia Tech and Florida State as the Hurricanes rattled off 10 straight wins prior to their loss to Pitt. The Hurricanes have relied on their defense (and Turnover Chain) to reach the ACC title game. Miami’s defense ranks 15th this season allowing just 18.8 points per game. The Turnover Chain may seem like a gimmick, but Miami’s defense leads the country in turnovers with 2.7 takeaways per game.