- Clemson starting quarterback Trevor Lawrence has tested positive for COVID-19
- The point spread for the Tigers’ upcoming game against Boston College (Oct. 31st) has dropped to 27.5
- See how this news impacts Clemson’s game plan against the Eagles
Clemson star quarterback Trevor Lawrence, the projected first-overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, has tested positive for COVID-19. He must now isolate for 10 days and will miss the Tigers’ game against Boston College this Saturday (Oct. 31, 12:00 PM ET).
The BC vs Clemson point spread, which opened at 32.5, has dropped to 27.5.
How is this major loss going to affect Clemson’s game plan and execution against Boston College?
Boston College vs No. 1 Clemson Odds
|Team||Current Point Spread||Opening Point Spread|
|Boston College||+27.5 (-110)||+32.5 (-110)|
|No. 1 Clemson||-27.5 (-110)||-32.5 (-110)|
Current odds as of Oct. 29.
Lawrence Test Positive For Covid-19
Heisman Trophy favorite Trevor Lawrence is out for Saturday’s game against Boston College after Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney announced Thursday evening that his senior QB tested positive for COVID-19. Swinney added that Lawrence is “doing well with mild symptoms”.
ACC rules state that Lawrence must isolate for at least 10 days before returning to practice, assuming he’s no longer showing symptoms.
Breaking: Trevor Lawrence has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss Saturday’s game against Boston College, the school announced. pic.twitter.com/d0mawifH6i
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 30, 2020
This is a massive development for both the ACC conference and college football as a whole. Lawrence has never missed a start for the Tigers since he became the team’s starting QB in September 2018. He was the clear Heisman front-runner after eight weeks of the 2020 season, throwing for 1,833 passing yards and 17 touchdowns with just two interceptions through six games.
Tigers Still Heavily Favored In Week 9
Lawrence being out for Clemson on Saturday meant that oddsmakers have dropped the team’s line from 32.5 to 27.5. The Tigers have won nine straight games against the Eagles and dominated in all areas during a 59-7 victory last season.
Boston College is 4-2 on the season and finally got their run game going last week in a victory over Georgia Tech. Losing Lawrence doesn’t change the fact that Clemson has an elite top-10 defense that has limited the Eagles to just a single touchdown in all three of their last meetings.
Aside from the Tigers’ stout defense, another reason the line hasn’t change drastically is due to the talent of Clemson’s backup QB. Five-star freshman D.J. Uiagalelei will get the start against Boston College and has been impressive in limited action. The 6-5, 245-pound QB was lethally accurate in high school and has completed 12-of-19 passes for 102 yards this season with the Tigers.
Verdict On Lawrence’s Positive Test
Clemson is still going to beat Boston College without Lawrence, but this news has a bigger impact on the team’s upcoming clash with Notre Dame on Nov. 7. The Fighting Irish are undefeated through five games and are expected to be the Tigers’ biggest test this season.
Swinney announced the news on Thursday evening, but it’s been reported that Lawrence received his test on Wednesday. It appears likely that he’ll be eligible for the big game as long as his recovery goes well and there are no further complications.
Trevor Lawrence’s COVID test was taken Wednesday and that counts as day one in his 10-day countdown to be eligible to play next Saturday against Notre Dame, per source. It’s possible he had symptoms earlier, which could even push up his eligibility to play if he tests negative. https://t.co/3xHIFoNAu7
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 30, 2020
Clemson is still loaded on offense with star running back Travis Etienne and a deep receiving core led by Amari Rodgers. Boston College has been getting slammed by the public since this news broke, but there could be value betting Clemson to cover when you look at Uiagalelei’s potential and how Clemson’s defense has dominated the Eagles’ offense in the past.