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Orange Bowl: Oklahoma vs Clemson

Many pundits are arguing that this year’s Orange Bowl between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Clemson Tigers may be the best bowl game of the season, but if history serves, OU may have a historical advantage. Oklahoma is 8-2 SU and 7-3 ATS in their past 12 games against ACC opponents.

Shark Bites
  • The OVER is 6-1 in the Sooners’ past seven games.
  • Clemson is 4-0 SU and ATS in their last four games in December.
  • Clemson destroyed Oklahoma 40-6 in last year’s Russell Athletic Bowl.

Early in the season Oklahoma looked like a good, but not great team after suffering an embarrassing loss to Texas. Either the media or that loss lit a fire under the Sooners’ collective ass because they went on to win their remaining seven games while averaging 52 points per game. Transfer quarterback Baker Mayfield was a revelation in the newly adopted air raid offense, with the junior throwing for 35 touchdowns and just five interception this season.

Clemson finished their season as the only undefeated team in the nation with wins over three teams ranked in the top 10. The Tigers were one of the most consistent teams in the nation this season as they ranked in the top 20 in points per game, yards per game, points allowed and yards allowed.  Heisman finalist Deshaun Watson has put up a masterful stretch run to close out the season as he accounted for more than three and a half touchdowns per game over the past seven contests.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

On the betting opening line for this matchup, the Clemson Tigers sat as 1.5-point underdog, according to 5Dimes. The total had not been posted early in the week, so check the lines pages for the latest.

Odds Shark computer prediction formulas pick a 44-43 win for the Tigers on Thursday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

Oklahoma Sooners vs Clemson Tigers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Oklahoma Sooners will try to spoil to the party on Thursday; they are 9-3 ATS against the spread this season, while the Clemson Tigers are 6-7 ATS. Oklahoma is 8-4 on the over under betting totals; Clemson is 8-5. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Clemson vs Oklahoma injuries news.

The OddsShark Power Rankings have the Clemson Tigers at No. 8 and the Oklahoma Sooners at No. 1 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Clemson Tigers No. 15-ranked offense (38.46 PPG) against a Oklahoma Sooners defense that ranks No. 21 at 20.75 PPG. The Clemson Tigers passing attack has averaged 288.85 yards per game, more than the Oklahoma Sooners give up through the air (201.5 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Oklahoma Sooners own the league's No. 33-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 138.83 yards per game when on the road. Clemson, on the other hand, rates No. 67 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Joe Mixon ran through the Oklahoma State defense for 136 yards in Oklahoma's last game, handing the Cowboys a 58-23 setback on Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium.

North Carolina was unable to contain Wayne Gallman in its last action Saturday and the result was a 45-37 Week 14 loss against the Tigers.