The Clemson Tigers used to prepare for the College Football Playoff during this time of the year, but that’s not the case this 2021. Nevertheless, they have a shot at winning another bowl game when they take on the dangerous Iowa State Cyclones down in Orlando. Check out our preview of this Clemson-Iowa State showdown below.
Betting Preview for the Clemson Tigers vs Iowa State Cyclones NCAA Cheez-It Bowl College Football Game on December 29, 2021
Where: Camping World Stadium, Orlando
When: Wednesday, December 29, 2021, 5:45 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the Clemson Tigers (+1)
Record: 9-3 Overall / 6-2 Conference
It hasn’t been the ideal season for Dabo Swinney and his Clemson Tigers, as they lost three games at least this year, the most they’ve had in a single campaign since 2014. The losses of Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne proved to be too much for Clemson, but even though the Tigers failed to reach the College Football Playoff semifinals, that doesn’t mean they have been thoroughly bad this season. In fact, they are on a hot streak, having won all of their last five games, which includes their 48-27 home win over the then-no. 10 Wake Forest Demon Deacons on Nov. 20 before their regular-season finale 30-0 road victory over the South Carolina Gamecocks on Nov. 27. Clemson’s offense may have gotten a big hit from the departures of Lawrence and Etienne, but the team’s defense remains stout.
Clemson, which is allowing 16.1 points per game, is 4-1 against the spread in its last 5 games overall.
Betting on the Iowa State Cyclones (-1)
Record: 7-5 Overall / 5-4 Conference
Iowa State will limp into his bowl game with a 2-4 record in its last six games, but at least the Cyclones won their most recent outing, defeating the TCU Horned Frogs at home on Nov. 26, 48-14. And even though the Cyclones had a letdown regular campaign, they should be a dangerous opponent for the Tigers. For one, this is the same Cyclones team that took care of business against the then-no.8 Oklahoma State Cowboys at home on Oct. 23 in a 24-21 victory. Scoring that many points against Oklahoma State’s incredibly tough defense says a lot about Iowa State’s potential on offense. With Brock Purdy at quarterback and Breece Hall at running back, this Cyclones team can definitely shock any team. Hall, in particular, finished the regular season tops in the Big 12 with 1,472 rushing yards and 20 rushing scores – also the most in the conference.
The under is 8-0-1 in Iowa State’s last 9 bowl games.
Clemson wins, 28-24.
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