How the Odds Stack Up--Clemson vs Auburn

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We all know that Clemson is a slight (3-4 point) favorite with a 58-61 O/U line hosting Auburn this weekend.  What does that mean for the gambling better informed fans?  We'll take a look at a couple items to beef up your wallet make your friends respect your knowledge of the game and the spread.  All of the figures and data I'll discuss today came from a very easy to use and informative site:  www.pickshark.com

Below we have the last three games (sorry, we couldn't scrounge up the spread from the early '70's).  Against the Barners, Clemson is 0-3 straight up but has covered in 2 of the 3 contests.  You'll notice that our Tigers were dogs in both games they covered.  You probably also noticed that the under bet won in both games shown in the illustration below.

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The next item I wanted to see was how Clemson performed at home.  We sampled the last 10 Clemson home games and here is what we found:  The Clemson/PC game last season was off the board, so our sample size shrunk to 9.  In those nine games Clemson was 6-3 straight up and 3-6 against the spread.  Ouch!!  Five of the nine games were under for the Tigers.  Not much confidence with Clemson and an apparent coin flip on the O/U.

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Well, what about the last ten games overall?  Clemson is 6-4 straight up and 5-5 against the spread.  Another coin toss.  The Tigers' games, though have hit the under in 70% of those contests though the last three were overs.

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Clemson in the last 10 games as a favorite is 8-2 straight up.  You would expect a team to do such, so that is no big news.  Again, though, CU is a coin flip here against the spread.  The Tigers, though, are again 70% under in these games.  I'll note that the only three overs in this selection were the final three games.

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The final chart we'll look at is Clemson's last 10 vs. SEC opponents.  Clemson is a dismal 3-7 straight up and 3-7 against the spread.  Again, the O/U shows 7 out of 10 times Clemson hit the under.

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The repeating theme here is that Clemson is, at best, a coin flip against the spread.  Historically, they have covered 2 of the last three against AU but only covered 3 of 10 in their last 10 home games and their last 10 SEC games.  Clemson does show a tendency to hit the under.  At 60, though many of the metrics (last 10 games, last 10 games as a favorite, and last 10 games at home) each show Clemson hitting the over in each of the final three games played.

Much like the real football commentary, I have definite trouble identifying a reliable trend and certainly think anything could happen tomorrow.  Hopefully the straight up record as a favorite (80% over the past 10 games) will hold up against Auburn.

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