If there’s a season, it’s Clemson’s

If there’s a season, it’s Clemson’s
Vegas wants you to stay the heck away from Clemson this season.(Photo: Richard Shiro / AP FILE)

BY CHUCK OLIVER
680 THE FAN, ATLANTA – More betting numbers for the 2020 college football season have been released and at the top of the list all I see is absurd.

As in, “Because Clemson has been so absurdly great, we’ve got to come up with equally absurd numbers to post.” And believe me, Vegas is telling you, “We really don’t want you to bet Clemson.”

Clemson to Win ACC Championship Game: -600

Even the one way the math sort of works for you because of the OTHER absurd math, even that doesn’t really work. Specifically:

The Tigers -600 to win the ACC Championship (i.e.; win the game in Charlotte beginning of December).  That’s likely a bit less than the money line in a typical Clemson ACC championship game matchup. Let’s say the line is 22. Money line then might be -900? So, better deal to get it now, right?

Yes, if you want to also include the at least remote chance weird stuff happens and Clemson doesn’t even make it to Charlotte. Or maybe just ONE weird thing happens, but it is the Wrong one weird thing and Louisville beats Clemson, loses to Syracuse, drops two non-conference games and heads to Charlotte with a 9-3 record as the underdog to UNC, for instance. Yes, that qualifies as weird. While not likely, you do still have to figure it in. And the guaranteed tough part? You have to let Vegas hold your money for 3+ months.

Clemson Win Total: o/u 11.5 over -140

You really gonna play over 11.5? At -140?? My goodness, I can’t recall seeing stuff like this, not all lined up.

They’re making it clear, all of us who know how great Clemson is, especially against the backdrop of the other 13 teams in that conference right now. Vegas is saying, “Don’t want your bets. Not on Clemson. Have you looked at Oregon?? That under 9.5, THEEEERE’S the value . . .”

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