The first semifinal of the College Football Playoff takes place in the Capital One Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. The fourth-ranked Oklahoma Sooners battle the top-ranked Clemson Tigers for the right to move on to the National Championship. The game kicks off on ESPN this New Year’s Eve afternoon at 4:00 PM ET. The winner of the game will face the winner of Goodyear Cotton Bowl.
A Closer Look At How To Bet The No. 4 Oklahoma Sooners Vs No. 1 Clemson Tigers Capital One Orange Bowl Spread
The college football Orange Bowl betting spread favors Oklahoma opened as a 3.5-point favorite. Shortly, the line went to Oklahoma -4. What’s interesting is that the action is split 50/50. At -4 many handicappers believe that Clemson has a shot to cover. The increased action on Clemson has brought the spread down to 3.5. If you are betting the game straight up the Sooners moneyline pays 100 on 175, while the Tigers pay 155 on 100. The game total is 65.
What: Capital One Orange Bowl
Who: 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 -3.5
Moneyline: Oklahoma -175 vs Clemson +155
Game Total: 65
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Oklahoma vs Clemson
Bet The #4 Oklahoma Sooners -4 Because…
No team in college football was hotter than Oklahoma in the last half of the season. The Sooners were unbeatable after dropping the Red River Rivalry 17 to 24 to Texas on Oct. 10. Since that time, Oklahoma has won 7 straight games. The Sooners have covered in 6 out of 7. They beat Baylor by 10 points on the road, 44 to 34. They beat Oklahoma State on the road 58 to 23. The Sooners have been close to unbeatable with only TCU challenging them in any way, shape, or form in their final 7 games.
“It isn’t just about the opportunity,” coach Bob Stoops said. “You’ve got to go down and win.”
Bet The #1 Clemson Tigers +4 Because…
Clemson finds a way to get it done. The Tigers aren’t just the number one ranked team in the nation. They’re also one of the worst teams in the Top 25 against the spread. Clemson was a horrible 6 and 7 ATS during the regular season including going 1 and 5 ATS in their final 6 games. But, the thing is that Clemson kept winning. They kept winning football games. Although sometimes during the season Clemson appeared overmatched on paper, both Notre Dame and Florida State have better overall teams, the Tigers stepped up and came through with wins.
“We know we’re going to have to play our best four quarters of the year,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. “That’s what these games are all about. There’s not a lot of margin for error, certainly when you’re playing a team as hot as Oklahoma. They’re probably playing the best football of anybody in the country right now.”
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
It’s tough to teach grit. In fact, it probably can’t be taught. Grit in college football comes from the coach and no coach is as gritty as Dabo Swinney at Clemson. The Tigers play with more heart than any team in college football. Heart in this case trumps talent because the Big 12 turned out to be a weak conference. Oklahoma beat Baylor while Baylor had to play their second string QB. The Sooners beat TCU when QB Trevone Boykin was on the bench and they only beat the Horned Frogs 30 to 29. I like the Clemson Tigers to win outright.
This will be the fifth meeting between the schools, the series split 2-2 to this point. Oklahoma won regular-season games in 1963 and 1972; Clemson won bowl matchups in 1989 and then again last season. Also, this game is a rematch of last year’s Russell Athletic Bowl, a game in which Clemson roughed up the Sooners, 40-6.
My final score prediction is Clemson 38, Oklahoma 31.