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Orange Bowl: Tennessee vs. Clemson Odds, Picks, Predictions

Written by: Richard Janvrin
Updated December 29, 2022
12 min read
Orange Bowl Tennessee vs. Clemson

One of the higher-profile bowl games as the season winds down is the Orange Bowl. This year, it’ll feature two teams who have logos covered in orange—the Tennesse Volunteers and Clemson Tigers. 

As for the Volunteers, they had several impressive wins this year but head into this bowl game without the following players:

  • QB Hendon Hooker (Injury)
  • WR Jalin Hyatt (NFL Draft)
  • WR Cedric Tillman (NFL Draft)
  • LB Jeremy Banks (NFL Draft)
  • OT Darnell Wright (NFL Draft)
  • DE Byron Young (NFL Draft)
  • TE Jeremy Banks (NFL Draft)

Clemson will be missing the following players

  • QB DJ Uiagalelei (Transer Portal)
  • WR Decari Collins (Transer Portal)
  • WR EJ Williams (Transfer Portal)
  • EDGE Myles Murphy (NFL Draft) 
  • LB Trenton Simpson (NFL Draft)

In all, both teams will look quite different heading into this one. Which orange team can win the Orange Bowl? 

Let’s find out. 

Tennessee vs. Clemson Best Bets

Pick: Clemson -4.5 (-110) at Caesars

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Turning the reins over to Cade Klubnik, Clemson fans everywhere are hoping he’ll be a breath of fresh air as opposed to what they got with Uiagalelei.

Klubnik made several appearances this year but attempted just 45 passes for 372 yards (66.7% completion rate) and two touchdowns. 

He has his longest stint in the Conference Championship game against North Carolina, who’s been bad all season long, completing 19 of 23 passes for 274 yards and a score.

With Tennessee they have quarterback Joe Milton who’s a frustrating player to watch. He has all the tools you look for but is an anxiety-inducing player, as we saw in Week 13 against Vanderbilt. 

There, he completed 11 of 21 passes for 147 yards. That’s it. 

With Tillman and Hyatt headed for the Draft, Milton has little to work with and an offensive line that should still have trouble even with Murphy opting out. 

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Pick: Under 63.5 (-110) at FanDuel

This game should have a reasonably up-tempo feel, which can be a cause for concern when betting the under, but there are far more questions than answers for both of these offenses.

Klubnik looked great against North Carolina, but that’s North Carolina. Milton has also shown flashes, but his appearance against Vanderbilt left much to be desired.

Tennessee ran the ball exceptionally well against Vanderbilt, averaging over 11 yards per carry, but that isn’t happening here. 

Look for both teams to show shines of struggle at various points throughout.

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After graduating from the University of New Hampshire with a BA in Journalism, Richard Janvrin has been covering iGaming and sports betting since December 2018. Richard has covered betting at Bleacher Report, Gambling.com, The Game Day, Forbes, and more.

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