Tennessee Volunteers College Football Betting
The Clemson Tigers had another good season and are back in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game after missing it last year. But the Tigers did NOT have a GREAT season. Although the Tigers may get some luck from the fuzzy math of the College Football Playoff, nobody believes they belong. Clemson’s offense has made a marginal improvement but is not close to being explosive. And the defense remains very good but hardly as dominant as it was in their championship campaigns of the past. Most important of all, the Tigers defeated the North Carolina Tar Heels for the ACC championship.
NCAA Football Betting Odds
Clemson Tigers -5.5
Tennessee Volunteers +5.5
Tennessee Volunteers Weekly Matchup
On Friday, December 30, 2022, the Tennessee Volunteers of the Southeastern Conference will face the Clemson Tigers of the Atlantic Coast Conference in the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. Kickoff time is 8 p.m. ET, with television coverage on ESPN.
Clemson remains a respected brand with the casual sector as a recent College Football Playoff participant. In comparison, Tennessee caught a lot of attention for its breakout season and win over the Alabama Crimson Tide. Thus, betting activity should be split.
Last game, the Clemson Tigers won 39-10 against the North Carolina Tar Heels as 7-point favorites in the ACC championship game. The game went under the total of 64.
Clemson has a record of 11-2 straight up, 7-6 against the spread, and 7-6 over/under the total. Clemson ranks 56th for total offense, 74th for passing, 48th for rushing and 25th for scoring. Defensively they rank 26th overall, 78th against the pass, 11th against the rush, and 18th for points allowed. Also, Clemson ranks 123rd for fewest turnovers lost and 25th for takeaways.
Freshman Cade Klubnik came off the bench to complete 20 of 24 passes for 279 yards and a touchdown and ran for a score to lead No. 10 Clemson to the ACC championship. Cornerback Nate Wiggins broke up two passes in the end zone, blocked a field goal, and returned an interception 98 yards for a touchdown as the Tigers won their seventh ACC title in eight seasons.
Clemson won six straight ACC championships from 2015 to 2020 before failing to reach the title game last season. But coach Dabo Swinney's Tigers rebounded in a big way, going 9-0 against ACC foes.
Swinney said Klubnik will start in the upcoming Orange Bowl. With Clemson down 7-0, Swinney benched two-year starter DJ Uiagalelei after the Tigers failed to pick up a first down on their first two possessions. Swinney turned to Klubnik, a 5-star recruit from Austin, Texas. He responded by leading the Tigers to four straight scores and a 24-10 lead at halftime. Clemson stretched it to 39-10 heading into the fourth quarter.
ACC player of the year Drake Maye was limited to 268 yards passing and turned the ball over three times for North Carolina, which was seeking its first ACC championship since 1980 when Lawrence Taylor was wreaking havoc on quarterbacks.
Tennessee Volunteers Weekly Recap
Last game, the Tennessee Volunteers won 56-0 against the Vanderbilt Commodores as 14-point road favorites. The game went under the total of 64. Tennessee has a record of 10-2 straight up, 9-3 against the spread, and 7-5 over/under the total. Tennessee ranks 1st for total offense, 3rd for passing, 18th for rushing, and 1st for scoring. Defensively they rank 87th overall, 127th against the pass, 19th against the rush, and 47th for points allowed. Also, Tennessee ranks 75th for fewest turnovers lost and 74th for takeaways.
It was a season of significant progress for the Tennessee Volunteers in 2022. Tennessee beat old nemesis rivals such as the Florida Gators, LSU Tigers, Alabama Crimson Tide, and the Kentucky Wildcats. However, the Volunteers lack of reliable defense burned them down the stretch. Tennessee lost at the #1 ranked Georgia Bulldogs because the defending national champions had the better defense. And then Big Orange was wiped out by the Gamecocks at South Carolina, which shocked the country. Still, it was a significant step forward for the Volunteers in Josh Heupel’s second season on the job. Heupel may have been a fallback choice when he was hired, but he has won over Vols Nation. The win over Alabama was a landmark achievement and a sign that Tennessee was back on the national stage.
2022 Tennessee Volunteers Schedule
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