The Tennessee Vols are set to take on the Clemson Tigers in the Orange Bowl in Miami on December 30 at 8:00 PM ET.
And ESPN has a score prediction for the matchup.
Adan Rittenberg, a college football writer/reporter for ESPN, has Clemson beating Tennessee 42-31 in the Orange Bowl.
Hard Rock Stadium will be extremely orange for this one, as Tennessee makes its first New Year’s Six bowl appearance in the CFP era. Both teams have had quarterback changes, one because of injury (Tennessee’s Joe Milton replacing Hendon Hooker) and the other because of performance (Clemson’s Cade Klubnik replacing D.J. Uiagalelei). Clemson doesn’t have opt-outs for bowls, and the Tigers should benefit from having Myles Murphy, Bryan Bresee and others against a Vols offense that, even without Hooker, packs a punch. The Tigers also can start to build behind dynamic young quarterback Klubnik.
Tennessee fans likely won’t love this prediction, but I think it’s fair considering that this is essentially a toss-up game.
We really don’t know what to expect from Vols quarterback Joe Milton and Clemson quarterback Cade Klubnik. Neither quarterback has played extensively this season, but both have tremendous upside.
Milton led the Vols to a 56-0 win against Vanderbilt in the Vols’ regular season finale while Klubnik led Clemson to a 39-10 win against North Carolina in the ACC Championship game.
For that reason, it’s hard to make an accurate prediction for this matchup (plus we don’t know who wall will opt out of the game).
The Tigers are currently a 4.5 point favorite over the Vols.
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