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.