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How many would Clemson lay against top teams?

by Sam Panayotovich
Updated On: October 21, 2020, 12:01 am ET

Please don't ask me what I like in Clemson-Syracuse this weekend. 

The Tigers are a 45.5-point home favorite and that line will probably close even higher. There are too many variables that have me staying far, far away. I have zero interest laying or taking 45.5 points in a football game. Nobody knows if Clemson will even take this game seriously and only Dabo Sweeney knows when he'll pull his starters. 

Trevor Lawrence and Co. are 2-and-3 against the spread this year, but they've been 34, 50, 28, 14.5 and 27 point favorites according to Rotoworld's Edge Finder. The season has been a cakewalk to date and it's clear the national runners-up haven't been tested at all. 

A much more enthralling exercise involving Clemson is to speculate what the point spreads would be in potential games with Ohio State, Alabama, Georgia and Notre Dame on a neutral field.

My semi-educated estimations were -3 vs. OSU, -4 vs. Alabama, -10.5 vs. Georgia and -17 vs. Notre Dame. Maybe I'm a little too down on Alabama's defense. And it's sort of tough with Ohio State because they haven't played yet. So I spoke with Westgate SuperBook executive director John Murray to see what he thought. 

"Our trading room is the highest on Alabama," Murray told NBC Sports. "One of our most respected guys says Clemson and Alabama would be a PK. We're around -2 or -3 against Ohio State. Georgia is probably +7 or +7.5. And we're over two touchdowns on Clemson-Notre Dame."

There you have it.

"Lawrence can turn it on whenever he wants," Murray analyzed. "He knows where to go with the ball on every throw. He can run for first downs. I think he's just bored. He is every bit as good as everyone thinks he is. Clemson is just men against boys right now. Even their final score against Miami was misleading. That was total domination from the start." 

Clemson travels to South Bend to take on Notre Dame on November 7, so we'll have a tangible number on a real game in about three weeks. I make it Tigers -14.5 even on the road. 

What about you?

Sam Panayotovich

Sam Panayotovich is a sports betting analyst from the South Side of Chicago. He'll probably pick against your favorite team a lot. Follow him @spshoot