- See the best player prop bets for Saturday’s ACC Championship game between Clemson and Notre Dame
- Can the Tigers slow down Irish QB Ian Book this time around?
- The best prop bets and picks for this matchup can be found below
Clemson will have revenge on its mind when they face Notre Dame in the ACC Title game on Saturday, December 19th at 3:00 PM EST in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Tigers are listed as 10.5-point favorites after losing to the Irish in South Bend in November.
Trevor Lawrence will get his chance at the Irish after missing the first matchup, while Notre Dame QB Ian Book is looking to lead his team to another huge victory.
Player prop bets for total yardage and touchdown scorers have been released ahead of Saturday’s big game.
Clemson vs Notre Dame ACC Championship Player Props
|Ian Book (Notre Dame)||254.5 (O -113 / U -113)|
|Trevor Lawrence (Clemson)||328.5 (O -113 /U -113)|
|Ian Book (Notre Dame)||41.5 (O -113) / U -113)|
|Trevor Lawrence (Clemson)||35.5 (O -113 / U -113)|
|Kyren Williams (Notre Dame)||74.5 (O -113 / U -113)|
|Travis Etienne (Clemson)||84.5 (O -113 / U -113)|
|Javon McKinley (Notre Dame)||72.5 (O -113 / U -113)|
|Michael Mayer (Notre Dame)||35.5 (O -113 / U -113)|
|Amari Rodgers (Clemson)||91.5 (O -113 / U -113)|
|Cornell Powell (Clemson)||89.5 (O -113 / U -113)|
All odds taken Dec. 18th from FanDuel
Book Will Make Plays With His Legs
Notre Dame senior Ian Book is a very mobile quarterback, who rushed for 67 yards in the Irish’s previous win over the Tigers. He’s racked up 40-plus yards on the ground in eight straight games and is sure to rely on his mobility once again in his biggest game of the season.
Clemson is sure to make some adjustments under DC Brent Venables and will look to bring plenty of pressure on Book. The Tigers rank second in the nation in sacks (38) and will want to prevent the talented QB from making big-time plays. Book is at his best when he’s extending plays by escaping the pressure and relying on his mobility in the pocket.
We’ve seen it multiple times in big games where Book takes things into his own hands by scrambling to save drives. Expect that element of Book’s skill set to once again be a big factor Saturday against Clemson’s pass rush.
Pick: Ian Book Over 41.5 Rushing Yards (-113)
Lawrence Will Target Powell Often
Clemson freshman QB DJ Uiagalelei thew for 439 yards against this Notre Dame defense in South Bend. His favorite target in that game was senior receiver Cornell Powell, who had six receptions for 161 yards.
Amari Rodgers gets all the buzz when it comes to receivers on the Tigers, but Powell has quietly become a very key piece in this offense. The breakout receiver has averaged 133 receiving yards per contest in the last four weeks and has developed great chemistry with fellow senior Trevor Lawrence.
Leaders in yards per route run vs. press coverage this season, per @PFF
1. DeVonta Smith, Alabama (4.35)
2. Cornell Powell, Clemson (3.60)
3. John Metchie III, Alabama (3.56)
4. Javon McKinley, Notre Dame (3.52)
— Austin Gayle (@PFF_AustinGayle) December 14, 2020
Clemson was only able to run the ball for 34 yards against the Irish in the first matchup, so you can expect the Tigers to throw the ball often against this stifling Irish rush defense. Powell leads all Tigers’ receivers with 16.7 yards per reception and is targeted 44% of the time on throws to the outside.
Expect Powell to play a big role against an Irish defense that is much more susceptible in the air than they are on the ground.
Pick: Cornell Powell Over 89.5 Receiving Yards (-113)
Clemson vs Notre Dame ACC Championship Scoring Props
|Player||Odds to Score 1st TD||Odds to Score Any TD|
|Travis Etienne (Clemson)||+350||-450|
|Trevor Lawrence (Clemson)||+600||-125|
|Amari Rodgers (Clemson)||+600||-130|
|Kyren Williams (Notre Dame)||+600||-200|
|Cornell Powell (Clemson)||+650||-120|
|Ian Book (Notre Dame)||+1000||+125|
|Davis Allen (Clemson)||+1300||+190|
|Javon McKinley (Notre Dame)||+1500||+190|
|Ben Skowronek (Notre Dame)||+1700||+210|
|Michael Mayer (Notre Dame)||+1800||+210|
Who Finds the End Zone?
There were six different players who carried or received the ball in the endzone in the Nov. 7th game in South Bend. It’s hard to justify the Travis Etienne anytime TD price tag when you consider he was stifled in the first matchup and is going up against a Notre Dame rush defense allowing under 100 yards per game.
Notre Dame’s Kyren Williams, however, is the catalyst of this Notre Dame offense and is definitely worth his -200 price tag to get in the end zone. He has 20-plus carries in three of his last four games and is also a threat as a pass catcher. He had three rushing touchdown vs Clemson in South Bend and is also a solid play at +600 to score the first TD.
Kyren Williams has been a catalyst for this historic @NDFootball season and now he’ll try to lead them to an ACC title ??#GoIrish | @Kyrenwilliams23 @DukesMayonnaise pic.twitter.com/Itx6kh6kCQ
— ACC Digital Network (@theACCDN) December 18, 2020
Lawrence will primarily target Powell or Rodgers, making them both good plays to score a TD. Notre Dame’s target volume is more spread out, so it could be worth it to take a flier on someone like Ben Skowronek to score the first TD. He leads the receiver group with five TDs and has been targeted an average of 6.3 times in the last three weeks.