It bears mention that the betting line isn’t necessarily the amount that bookmakers think one team will beat another by, but rather the line that will create equal betting on both teams. Indeed, the opening line was Clemson by 16, but increased to 17 as a large majority of gamblers bet on the Tigers, according to Covers.
To that end, both teams have given gamblers reason to anticipate a lopsided affair. Clemson has beaten Tech by an average of 17.3 points per game in the past three years and the Jackets have not looked sharp in starting the season 1-2, with road losses to South Florida and Pitt. The Tigers, meanwhile, are 3-0. On Saturday, they beat Georgia Southern 38-7 while outgaining the Eagles 595-140.