Entering this season, the Clemson football team hadn’t been a home underdog since 2016. Now, the struggling Tigers will get that designation twice in a single season.
No. 14 Notre Dame is a slim road favorite for Saturday’s game against Clemson, according to a review of early betting lines released for Week 10 games Sunday.
FanDuel has Notre Dame as a 3.5-point favorite, according to its website, with the over/under for the game at 46.5 points. Draft Kings also has Notre Dame -3.5, and Circa Sports has Notre Dame as a 1-point favorite.
ESPN’s Football Power Index also gives Notre Dame a 65.4% chance to win the game. Kickoff from Memorial Stadium is set for noon on ABC.
The Tigers lost 24-17 at NC State on Saturday, which gave them four losses for the first time since 2011 and four ACC losses for the first time since 2010. Clemson, the reigning ACC champion, enters the game needing two wins across its final four games to reach the six-win threshold for bowl eligibility.
Notre Dame blew out Pitt 58-7 on Saturday and sits at 7-2 this season. The Fighting Irish have ranked as high as No. 9 nationally but dropped to No. 21 after losing to ranked Ohio State and Louisville teams in a three-week span.
Notre Dame rebounded with a win over then-No. 10 Southern Cal and now, after beating Pittsburgh, will march into Death Valley as a betting favorite.
The Fighting Irish, coached by Marcus Freeman, beat Clemson in South Bend, Indiana, last year as an unranked team and feature former Wake Forest star Sam Hartman at quarterback and the nation’s No. 11 team in the 247Sports talent composite, a measure of a team’s raw talent on its roster via recruiting prowess.
Clemson was a 1.5-point home underdog to Florida State earlier this season, in a game the Tigers lost 31-24 in overtime. Leading into 2023, the Tigers’ last time closing as a home underdog was against Louisville in 2016.
Clemson was also a 4.5-point home underdog to FSU in 2013 (lost 51-14) and a 1.5-point home underdog to Georgia in 2013 (won 38-35), per Odds Shark Data.
Saturday’s game against Notre Dame will also mark only the seventh time since 2010 (Swinney’s second full season as coach) that the Tigers have been a home underdog.