taxslayer gator bowl prediction

Clemson vs. Kentucky Gator Bowl Prediction 12/29/2023

The Clemson Tigers (8-4) face off against the Kentucky Wildcats (7-5) on Friday, December 29th. This game will be played at EverBank Stadium in Jacksonville and televised on ESPN. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Kickoff is set for 12:00 ET.

Clemson Tigers vs Kentucky Wildcats

The Clemson Tigers Are Coming Off A Win

Clemson most recently played against South Carolina and won by a score of 16-7. In the win against South Carolina, Cade Klubnik threw for 100 yards on 15 of 27 passing. His overall passer rating was 48.38 and he did not throw or rush for a touchdown.

Looking at the point-spread for this game, Clemson covered as 7.5-point favorites. While on the over/under, the betting line was 47.5 at game time, resulting in a hit for the under.

The Clemson Tigers take on the Kentucky with a 8-4 record, including 2-2 on the road and 5-0 at home.

Against the spread, Clemson has gone 6-3 this season. The Tigers have been favored eight times compared to one game as the underdog. After 12 games, the average over/under line in Clemson’s matches stands at 51.2 points. The collective score in their games has averaged 49.1 points, resulting in an OU record of 3-6.

The Kentucky Wildcats Are Coming Off A Win

Kentucky will be looking to ride the momentum of their shootout win over Louisville (38-31), as both sides offenses’ had no problem moving the ball and putting up points. Against Louisville, Devin Leary threw for 206 yards on a completion percentage of 54.5%. In the win, he threw three touchdowns and had a passer rating of 107.2.

Going into the game, Kentucky was the underdog at +7.5, giving them both a straight-up and ATS win. The over hit in this matchup as the line was 48.5 pre-game.

So far, the Kentucky Wildcats are 7-5, including going 3-2 on the road and 3-3 at home.

Against the spread, Kentucky has gone 6-5 this season. The Wildcats have been favored six times compared to five games as the underdog. So far this season, Kentucky boasts an over/under record of 8-3. On average, their matchups have resulted in a combined score of 53.4 points, while the average over/under line has been 48.3 points.

Clemson Offense Breakdown

On offense, the Tigers come in with the 21st ranked offense in terms of passing attempts and are averaging 225.4 passing yards per game. In the running game, they are 24th in terms of attempts.

Quarterback Cade Klubnik leads the team with 2580 passing yards while completing 63% of his passes. So far, he is averaging 6.2 yards per passing attempt.

Kentucky Offense Breakdown

On offense, the Wildcats come in with the 67th ranked offense in terms of passing attempts and are averaging 203.8 passing yards per game. In the running game, they are 101st in terms of attempts.

Devin Leary has accumulated 2440 passing yards this season, with an average of 12.6 per completion. His completion rate for the year stands at 56.1%, and he’s tossed 23 touchdowns.

Clemson Team Defense

Clemson’s defense ranks 67th in points allowed, with 19.9 points given up per game. Teams have been averaging 162.2 passing yards against them (17th nationally). On the ground, they’ve conceded 116.7 rushing yards, putting them 38th in college football.

Kentucky Team Defense

Looking at this week’s game, the Kentucky defense stands at 93rd in points allowed, permitting 24.8 points on average per game. So far, opposing teams have managed 238.6 passing yards per game against them (117th). On the ground, they’re conceding 114.6 rushing yards, ranking them 36th in college football.

Clemson vs Kentucky Trends

  • Looking at Clemson’s five most recent road games, they have put together a record vs. the spread of 2-3.
  • Kentucky is 2-1 ATS in their last home games.
  • In the five most recent times they were the underdog, Kentucky has put together an ATS record of 1-4.
  • Clemson’s record vs. the spread in their three most recent games as the favorite is 3-0.

Clemson vs Kentucky Prediction

For this matchup, I’m placing my bet on Clemson to cover the spread at -7. Clemson had an impressive performance in their last game, particularly in the ground game against South Carolina. I expect them to continue that trend this week, which is why I’m backing Clemson before kickoff.

I’m placing my bet on the over with the current over/under line at 47. Up to this point, games involving Kentucky have seen an average combined score of 53.4 points, and I expect this game to exceed 47.

All odds are courtesy of Action247 Sportsbook. Good luck!!

* All odds are provided by Action247 Sportsbook and all odds subject to change.**All views expressed are my own. My picks are my own and are not a guarantee, bet at your own risk.Action247 does not warrant the accuracy of completeness of the information, text, graphics, links or other items contained within these post.