No. 2 Clemson Vs. No. 3 Notre Dame: Cotton Bowl Trends & Betting History

Monday, December 3, 2018 1:58 PM UTC

Monday, Dec. 3, 2018 1:58 PM UTC

No. 2 Clemson opened a 10.5-point favorite to top No. 3 Notre Dame in the 2018 Cotton Bowl. Game history, trends, and betting information here.

<h2 style="text-align:center;"><a href="" rel="nofollow" title="Live Game Odds">Cotton Bowl: No. 2 Clemson vs. No. 3 Notre Dame</a></h2><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3690816, "sportsbooksIds":[238,169,19,93,1096], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p>The Cotton Bowl Classic originated in 1937 and is played annually in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. At first, the game hosted the champion of the now-defunct Southwest Conference, and from 2006 -2014 pit the runner-up of the Big 12 versus an SEC team. Since 2014, it hosts a national semifinal of the College Football Playoff once every three years (2015, 2018, 2021, etc.). During off years, the game will schedule two at-large teams just missing out of the four-team playoff. The contest is currently played at AT&amp;T Stadium.</p><h2><strong>Results Last 20 Years</strong></h2><table border="1" style="width:100%;"> <tbody> <tr> <th><strong>Season</strong></th> <th><strong>Winning Team</strong></th> <th><strong>Losing Team</strong></th> <th><strong>Final</strong></th> <th><strong>Line</strong></th> <th><strong>Total</strong></th> <th><strong>SU</strong></th> <th><strong>Winners ATS</strong></th> </tr> <tr> <td>1998</td> <td>Texas</td> <td>Mississippi State</td> <td>38-11</td> <td>-6.5</td> <td>NA</td> <td>W</td> <td>W</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1999</td> <td>Arkansas</td> <td>Texas</td> <td>27-6</td> <td>6.5</td> <td>NA</td> <td>W</td> <td>W</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2000</td> <td>Kansas State</td> <td>Tennessee</td> <td>35-21</td> <td>-3.5</td> <td>NA</td> <td>W</td> <td>W</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2001</td> <td>Oklahoma</td> <td>Arkansas</td> <td>10-3</td> <td>-13</td> <td>NA</td> <td>W</td> <td>L</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2002</td> <td>Texas</td> <td>LSU</td> <td>35-20</td> <td>-10</td> <td>NA</td> <td>W</td> <td>W</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2003</td> <td>Ole Miss</td> <td>Oklahoma State</td> <td>31-28</td> <td>-2.5</td> <td>NA</td> <td>W</td> <td>W</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2004</td> <td>Tennessee</td> <td>Texas A&amp;M</td> <td>38-7</td> <td>4.5</td> <td>NA</td> <td>W</td> <td>W</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2005</td> <td>Alabama</td> <td>Texas Tech</td> <td>13-10</td> <td>3</td> <td>NA</td> <td>W</td> <td>W</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2006</td> <td>Auburn</td> <td>Nebraska</td> <td>17-14</td> <td>-1.5</td> <td>46</td> <td>W</td> <td>W</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2007</td> <td>Missouri</td> <td>Arkansas</td> <td>38-7</td> <td>-4</td> <td>68.5</td> <td>W</td> <td>W</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2008</td> <td>Ole Miss</td> <td>Texas Tech</td> <td>47-34</td> <td>4</td> <td>69</td> <td>W</td> <td>W</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2009</td> <td>Ole Miss</td> <td>Oklahoma State</td> <td>21-7</td> <td>-3</td> <td>50.5</td> <td>W</td> <td>W</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2010</td> <td>LSU</td> <td>Texas A&amp;M</td> <td>41-24</td> <td>-2.5</td> <td>49</td> <td>W</td> <td>W</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2011</td> <td>Arkansas</td> <td>Kansas State</td> <td>29-16</td> <td>-9</td> <td>63</td> <td>W</td> <td>W</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2012</td> <td>Texas A&amp;M</td> <td>Oklahoma</td> <td>41-13</td> <td>-3.5</td> <td>72.5</td> <td>W</td> <td>W</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2013</td> <td>Missouri</td> <td>Oklahoma State</td> <td>41-31</td> <td>1.5</td> <td>61.5</td> <td>W</td> <td>W</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2014</td> <td>Michigan State</td> <td>Baylor</td> <td>42-41</td> <td>3</td> <td>70</td> <td>W</td> <td>W</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2015</td> <td>Alabama</td> <td>Michigan State</td> <td>38-0</td> <td>-10</td> <td>44.5</td> <td>W</td> <td>W</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2016</td> <td>Wisconsin</td> <td>Western Michigan</td> <td>24-16</td> <td>-8</td> <td>53</td> <td>W</td> <td>P</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2017</td> <td>Ohio State</td> <td>USC</td> <td>24-7</td> <td>-9.5</td> <td>63.5</td> <td>W</td> <td>W</td> </tr> </tbody></table><p> </p><h2>Cotton Bowl Key Betting Numbers (Since 1999)</h2><p><strong>Average Points Differential:</strong> 15.7<br /><strong>Average Line:</strong> -3.2<br /><strong>Favorite ATS:</strong> 13-6-1 (68.4 percent)<br /><strong>Average Total: </strong>59.2 (Since 2006)<br /><strong>O/U Record:</strong> 4-8<br /><strong>O/U Margin: </strong>-8.1<br /><strong>Largest Underdog Upset:</strong> Arkansas (+6.5) 27, Texas 6 (2000)<br /><strong>Largest Spread:</strong> Oklahoma (-13) 10, Arkansas 3 (2001)<br /><strong>Largest Rout:</strong> Alabama (-10) 38, Michigan State 0 (2015)</p><h2>Cotton Bowl Summary &amp; Trends (Since 1999)</h2><p>During the last 20 years, straight-up winners are 18-1-1 ATS (94.7 percent). They are covering a -3.2 average line by a healthy 12.5 points per game.</p><p>The higher-ranked team in the AP Top 25 Poll has won 16 of 20 entering.</p><h2>Conference H2H: ACC vs. Notre Dame</h2><p>Notre Dame, one of six FBS programs to compete as an Independent, is 36-18-1 SU and 29-26 ATS since 1980. The Fighting Irish kick off a -7.1 average favorite.</p><p>Since 2006, Notre Dame is 4-6 SU and 8-2 ATS against ranked ACC opponents.</p><p>Since 2006, the "under" is 26-16-1 (61.9 percent). The defense surrenders 20.7 points per game. In nine contests as the betting underdog, the combined final score is 40.3 points, 9.8 points shy of a 50.1 average total.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;We're always going to celebrate success and we're always going to enjoy the journey. Seeing the PAW never gets old... &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#ALLIN&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;December 2, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><h2>No. 2 Clemson Tigers (13-0 SU, 8-5 ATS)</h2><p><strong>Seasons:</strong>117<br /><strong>Bowl Record: </strong>22-20 SU<br /><strong>Coach, Bowl Record: </strong>Dabo Swinney (7-5 SU, 8-4 ATS)</p><p>Swinney is much better with his back to the wall in bowl games, going 6-2 SU and 7-1 ATS catching points on the college football oddsboard. Clemson is covering a 4.1 average line by 13.1 points per game.</p><p>Clemson is a perfect 4-0 SU and ATS behind Swinney against higher rated in ranked-matchup bowl games. It is 3-5 SU and 4-4 ATS in all other contests.</p><h2>No. 3 Notre Dame (12-0 SU, 7-5 ATS)</h2><p><strong>Seasons:</strong>112<br /><strong>Bowl Record: </strong>18-18 SU, 10-17 ATS (sine 2006)<br /><strong>Coach, Bowl Record:</strong> Brian Kelly (5-4 SU, 3-6 ATS)</p><p>Kelly left Central Michigan (2004-06) for Cincinnati (2006-09) prior to the 2006 Motor City Bowl. He then left the Bearcats for Notre Dame (2010-present) prior to the 2009 Sugar Bowl. Against ranked opponents, Kelly is just 2-4 SU and ATS in bowl games, all but one coaching the Irish. His team averages a lowly 19.2 points per game in this situation.</p><h2 style="text-align:center;"><a href="" rel="nofollow" title="Check The Betting Trends">Read Our Cotton Bowl Game Preview</a></h2>
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