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Cotton Bowl Betting Picks (Notre Dame vs. Clemson)

Posted by: Charlie Smith
2018 Cotton Bowl Betting Preview

The College Football Playoffs kicks off this weekend with the Cotton Bowl Classic this upcoming college football betting Saturday. This year’s playoff action will pit No. 3 Notre Dame against No. 2 Clemson, giving us one of the more breathtaking matchups of this season. The Fighting Irish shocked the nation this season by delivering an unblemished 12-0 record and are more than eager to make their college football playoff debut. The Tigers on the other hand, turned in an undefeated record as well this season and are ready to make a push for a national title once more. So what kind of NCAA legal betting turnout can we expect? Let’s check on the Cotton Bowl betting lines to find out.

Cotton Bowl | Notre Dame vs. Clemson – Saturday, December 29th   

When: 4:00 pm ET

Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas


Stream: Watch ESPN

College Football Betting Odds:

Notre Dame +14 (-135) 56½ (-110)   +360
Clemson -14 (+115) 56½ (-110) -450
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Notre Dame Fighting Irish          

The Fighting Irish enter this Saturday’s contest ready to get their first playoff victory. The college football betting odds are pegging Notre Dame as a massive underdog here. This isn’t all that shocking, considering the kind of numbers that Clemson put up this season. With a total of 45.4 points per game, Clemson is scoring the 5th most points in college football. Similarly their defense is allowing the second fewest points in the country at 13.7. For comparison, the Fighting Irish are scoring 33.8 per game and are giving up 17.3 per matchup. Those numbers are impressive in their own right, but they certainly pale in comparison to Clemson’s own. Ultimately it took a lot for Notre Dame to make the playoffs and they won’t be going out without a fight.

Players to Watch: Ian Book (2,468 passing yards, 19 TD, 6 INT), Dexter Williams (941 rushing yards, 12 TD, 6.6 AVG), and Miles Boykin (803 receiving yards, 8 TD, 54 REC-/

Clemson Tigers   

The Tigers are the heavy favorites here and are confident they can deliver yet another blowout victory. The program managed to do just that in the ACC Championship Game that saw them trample Pittsburgh 42-10. At the end of the day the Tigers can beat Notre Dame through the air or on the ground. Lawrence will be leading the charge under center while sophomore Travis Etienne will be in charge of the ground game. Look for Etienne to carve up a Notre Dame defense that has struggled against the run this season. You can also bank on  Notre Dame retaliating through the air and for this contest to be a high scoring endeavor.

Players to Watch: Trevor Lawrence (2,606 passing yards, 24 TD, 4 INT), Travis Etienne (1,463 rushing yards, 21 TD, 8.3 AVG), and Tee Higgins (802 receiving yards, 10 TD, 52 REC).

Cotton Bowl Betting Predictions | Notre Dame vs. Clemson


  • The TOTAL has gone OVER in 6 of Notre Dame’s last 9 games
  • Notre Dame is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • Notre Dame is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Clemson is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • Clemson is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
  • The TOTAL has gone UNDER in 7 of Clemson’s 13 games this season
Cotton Bowl Betting Picks | Notre Dame vs. Clemson

So which side should mobile betting fans take in this Cotton Bowl matchup? All in all the odds paint Clemson as a heavy favorite. However, considering the kind of season they’re having, Notre Dame cannot be brushed aside so easily. The fact that they’re facing such lopsided odds make them an alluring SU pick here, but your best bet is the OVER on the TOTALs. Sign up today to make your online betting prediction!

Score Prediction: 36-27 Clemson.