The New Year Eve Orange Bowl pits the fourth-ranked Oklahoma Sooners against the top-ranked Clemson Tigers. The game kicks off at on ESPN at 4:00 pm ET on Thursday, Dec 31st from Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL. The winner will face the winner of the Cotton Bowl between MSU and Bama. The two semi winners will Jan. 11 in Glendale, Ariz to crown the National Champ.
A Closer Look At How To Bet The Oklahoma Sooners V Clemson Tigers Orange Bowl Lines
What: No. 4 Oklahoma Sooners (11-1) at No. 1 Clemson Tigers (13-0)
When: Thursday, December 31, 2015
Kickoff: 4:00 PM ET
Where: Miami, FL
Stadium: Sun Life Stadium
Spread: Oklahoma -4
Moneyline: Oklahoma -175 vs Clemson +155
Game Total: 65
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Oklahoma vs Clemson
Oklahoma opened as a -2.5 point favorite over first ranked Clemson. The odds jumped to Oklahoma -3. A few hours later the odds jumped to Oklahoma -3.5. Expect Oklahoma to be around a -4 point favorite by kick-off. The total in the game is 65. Clemson will be a slight post +100 favorite on the moneyline.
Bet The #4 Oklahoma Sooners At -3.5 To Win The Orange Bowl Because…
No team in college football has been as hot as Oklahoma since mid-October. Since losing 17 to 24 to Texas on Oct. 10, the Sooners have run off 7 straight wins. They’ve gone 6 and 1 ATS in those 7 games. Oklahoma has dominated on both offense and defense. This includes beating Oklahoma State 58 to 23 on the road on Nov. 28. Oklahoma is ranked third in strength of record and game control. Oklahoma is ranked fourth in defensive efficiency. They have 5 wins against Top 25 FPI Teams. The defensive line is one of the best in the nation.
“I would think that he would be as deserving as anybody in the country,” Sooners head-coach Bob Stoops said about his QB Baker Mayfield. “I’m never one to say any one guy is — there’s still some games to play here and all — but he has to be right up there to the top with everybody. I lose track of how many touchdowns he accounted for tonight, but he was special again tonight.”
Bet The #1 Clemson Tigers At +3.5 To Win The Orange Bowl Because…
Clemson always finds a way to win. The Tigers knocked off the North Carolina Tar Heels 45 to 37 in the ACC Championship game on Dec. 5. Clemson was able to get separation against North Carolina’s very good offense. They did that by first forcing turnovers. Clemson’s defense is allowing 166.9 yards passing per game. The Tigers are ranked first in both strength of record and game control. They are also ranked second in defensive efficiency. Clemson has only beaten 3 Top 25 FPI teams this season. If Clemson is able to utilize their excellent game control, they could upset the Sooners on New Year’s Eve.
“I wanted to prove that we were one of the best teams in the country and that we deserved to be in the top four,” QB Deshaun Watson said after holding off 10th-ranked North Carolina 45-37 Saturday night in the ACC championship game.
Orange Bowl Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
The key in this game will be whether or not Oklahoma QB Blake Mayfield can break down Clemson’s terrific defense. Mayfield is one of the best quarterbacks in college football. He has the weapons around him in order to really disrupt Clemson’s goals on defense. RB Samaje Perine can break off a long run at any moment. Clemson’s offense is going to find it tough moving the ball against Oklahoma’s defense. The Tigers season could end with a thud on New Year’s Eve.