The Clemson Tigers (12-0 SU, 5-7 ATS) are the top-ranked team in college football, but they might not even make it into the College Football Playoff this year. First, they have to beat the No. 10 North Carolina Tar Heels (11-1 SU, 8-4 ATS) in Saturday's ACC title game. Clemson is a 5-point favorite at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. Kick-off is at 8:00 PM ET on ABC.
As well as the Tigers have played this year, they've had a hard time beating the spread, dropping the cash in their last four contests. The Tar Heels, on the other hand, are 4-1 ATS over their past five games. The stat gurus at FiveThirtyEight give Clemson a 57% chance of winning Saturday's matchup, which suggests the Tigers “should” be favored by 2.5 or three points on neutral ground.
In what should be a close game, North Carolina's superior special teams could make the difference. The Tar Heels rank No. 12 in this category on the Fremeau Efficiency Index, while Clemson is No. 76 out of the 128 FBS programs. Saturday's forecast calls for clear skies and temperatures around 50 degrees at kick-off.
NCAAF: Tigers-Tar Heels in ACC Title Game
The ACC title will be decided this Saturday when the No. 1 Clemson Tigers (12-0 SU, 5-7 ATS) face the No. 10 North Carolina Tar Heels (11-1 SU, 8-4 ATS) at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. ABC has the television coverage starting at 8:00 PM ET.
The Tigers are 5-point “home” favorites in this matchup, but they've dropped the cash in their past four games. Meanwhile the Tar Heels are 4-1 ATS in their last five. North Carolina also has the better special teams, which is an important advantage in what should be a close game.