The first of two College Football Playoff semifinals will take place on Saturday, Dec. 29, at 4 p.m. ET when No. 2 Clemson takes on No. 3 Notre Dame at the 2018 Cotton Bowl. Both teams are undefeated and have looked the part of title contenders all season.
The Tigers, however, have looked a little more dominant and they're favored by 11 points in the latest odds after Clemson originally The total is set at 57.5 points as kickoff approaches.
Before you make any Cotton Bowl picks, be sure to check out what SportsLine senior analyst Josh Nagel has to say. A Nevada-based expert with 20 years of experience in the sports wagering industry, Nagel specializes in handicapping college athletics.
He's having another solid season for SportsLine members, hitting on 60 percent of his spread selections. During Championship Week, Nagel delivered with a slew of picks that wound up converting, including Georgia +13, Washington -4.5 and Under 52.5 in Boise State vs. Fresno State.
Nagel also has a particular knack for picking games involving Notre Dame against the spread of late, as he's hit on four of his last five predictions when the Fighting Irish are in action. That includes when he picked Notre Dame to cover the 10-point spread at Yankee Stadium against then No. 12 Syracuse and they went on to win 36-3.
Now, he's studied Clemson vs. Notre Dame from every possible angle and locked in his picks. We can tell you he's leaning toward the Over, and he's also identified a crucial X-factor that makes one side of the spread a must-back. You ABSOLUTELY need to see it before you lock in your own picks.
Who wins Clemson vs. Notre Dame? And what crucial X-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back?? Join SportsLine right now to see which side you need to jump all over at the 2018 Cotton Bowl, all from an expert who's on a 4-1 run picking Notre Dame games!