Notre Dame Opens as Surprising Underdog Against Clemson in ACC Championship Game

Jason Schandl
Clemson vs Notre Dame odds for the ACC Championship have the Fighting Irish as heavy underdogs.
Clemson vs Notre Dame odds for the ACC Championship have the Fighting Irish as heavy underdogs. / Alika Jenner/Getty Images

This year's ACC Championship matchup is set between the Clemson Tigers and Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

No. 2 Notre Dame may be ranked ahead of the No. 3 Tigers, but the betting markets do not agree with that ranking. FanDuel Sportsbook's opening ACC Championship odds have Clemson favored by more than a touchdown, at -7.5 for this one.

Led by likely NFL first-overall pick Trevor Lawrence, it's been tough to find much fault with the Tigers this season. They didn't lose a single game in regulation, and they out-scored their opponents by an absurd average margin of 29.1 points.

That lone loss did come to this very same Notre Dame squad, however, and the Fighting Irish have not lost a single game in 2020.

You can't ignore the fact that Trevor Lawrence was out for the first meeting between these two, a 47-40 double-overtime thriller win for Notre Dame, however. Still, Lawrence wouldn't have done much to help a Tigers D that gave up 33 points in regulation.

Even with Lawrence back in the fold, it's a surprise to see Clemson favored by such a wide margin after losing the season's first head-to-head meeting.

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