2018 Cotton Bowl: Betting Odds, Picks for Notre Dame-Clemson Game

2018 Goodyear Cotton Bowl - CFP Semifinal Predictions and Odds - Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Clemson Tigers
  • by Andrew Scofield
  • December 26th, 2018
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The best sports betting apps sites favor the Clemson Tigers to beat the Notre Dame Fighting Irish by 11 points. This will be the 83rd Cotton Bowl Classic. Which will also serve as the College Football Playoff Semifinal. Clemson was the ACC Atlantic division champion with a perfect 13-0 record (8-0 in conference play). Additionally, the Tigers have gone 7-6 ATS this year, according to the best online sportsbooks. Clemson defeated Pittsburgh 42-10 in the ACC championship game as 28-point favorites. This will be the Tigers’ 16th consecutive bowl appearance and second Cotton Bowl. Notre Dame had the best record among independents, going 12-0 SU and 6-5-1 ATS. They wrapped their regular season with a 24-17 win over USC as 14-point road faves. This will be the Irish’ second bowl appearance in 2018. They beat LSU 21-17 in the Citrus Bowl in January. It will also be their eighth Cotton Bowl.

Betting Notre Dame

The Irish started the season 3-0 with Brandon Wimbush under center. All three were home games where ND scored fewer than 25 points and allowed as many as 17 per game. Not one to leave well enough alone, head coach Brian Kelly switched to then-backup Ian Book in Week 4. Sometimes it pays off to do things by the book. And that was one of those times. Book has 19 TDs and six picks on 2468 passing yards this season. Book’s starter status coincided with the return of Dexter Williams. The running back has 12 TDs on 941 rushing yards. Defensively, lineman Jerry Tillery has eight sacks and forced three fumbles.

Betting Clemson

At this point we know head coach Dabo Swinney made the right call naming Trevor Lawrence starting QB. In your face Jalen Hurts! Along with running back Travis Etienne leads an offense that’s No. 5 in points per game (45.4). And also No. 5 in total offense with 529.0 all-purpose yards per game. On the other side of the ball, Clemson is tied for No. 2 in points allowed per game (13.7). Clem is also 3rd in rushing yards allowed per game (93.0). Defensive end Clelin Ferrel has 11 of the team’s 45 sacks. This prowess on offense and defense is what makes the Tigers a darling of the best sports betting sites.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Clemson Tigers – Cotton Bowl–CFP Semifinal Preview

  • Date: December 29
  • Time: 4:00 p.m. ET
  • Venue: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX (Cotton Bowl–CFP Semifinal)


Odds from GTBets.eu:

  • Notre Dame +11 -107 o +360 o Ov 55 -110
  • Clemson -11 -113 o -430 o Un 55 -110


Betting Trends

  • Fighting Irish are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games following a straight up win
  • Notre Dame is 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 non-conference games
  • Fighting Irish are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall
  • Tigers are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up win
  • Clemson is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall
  • Tigers are 5-2 ATS vs. a team with a winning record

Our Game Prediction: Notre Dame’s Cinderella story is probably not going to have a happy ending. People who obviously don’t frequent the best sports betting apps sites have a saying. They say that winning is winning; it doesn’t matter by how much. But between undefeated teams that’s about the only way to tell them apart. The Irish have imposed their will on several schools. However, several other schools have come close to defeating the Irish, regardless of who was ND’s signal-caller.

The last team came close to beating Clemson was Syracuse. And that was back in September. In a game Trevor Lawrence had to leave early. Ever since the Tigers have been running roughshod through the ACC. Take Clemson and the points. And bet on the over while you’re at it. The Tigers have an impressive defense. But they did allow Jake Bentley 510 yards and five TDs. And Ian Book is just as good as Bentley. If not better.