Heisman Trophy favorite Trevor Lawrence announced Thursday night that he has tested positive for COVID-19, saying he has a mild case. The Clemson quarterback will not be allowed to play Saturday as Boston College, a team they beat 59-7 last season, visits.
Las Vegas oddsmaker Kenny White said the drop-off to the number, which had settled at Clemson -30.5 at Circa Sports after opening first at -33, is about eight points with either back-up Taisun Phommachanh or true freshman D.J. Uiagelelei who have had mop-up duties in blowouts this season while averaging a 48-12 score. Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney hasn’t made an announcement on who will start.
Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook manager Ed Salmons said the drop-off was more like seven points. BetMGM dropped the number from -30.5 to -28. The South Point dropped from -31 to -28. Expect the line to drop further.
Lawrence was diagnosed on Wednesday and with the ACC’s 10-day self-quarantine rule, there is the possibility he could still play in next Saturday’s big game at No. 4 Notre Dame (5-0). Top-ranked Clemson (6-0) should have no problems beating Boston College this week with a back-up, but next week could be trouble without Lawrence.