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How Trevor Lawrence’s COVID-19 positive test changed Clemson-Boston College betting odds

Trevor Lawrence

On Thursday news broke that highly-touted Clemson Tigers star quarterback Trevor Lawrence had tested positive for COVID-19. The 21-year-old is now set to miss Clemson’s matchup against Boston College on Saturday, which has unsurprisingly had an effect on the contest’s betting odds.

As pointed out by Danny Donahue of Action Network, Lawrence missing Saturday’s game caused a shift in the odds in favor of Boston College:

As of 8:45 p.m. ET, Clemson is down to -27.5 at FanDuel, where they had been at -30.5 less than two hours earlier.

To be fair, that’s not exactly a huge shift in the odds. That does not necessarily mean, however, that the bookmakers have pegged Lawrence as worth just three points in the spread. For one, the game wasn’t expected to be a close one anyway, so perhaps the bookmakers are thinking that Clemson should still be able to dominate Boston College even without their superstar QB.

Interestingly, the odds were taken off the board completely after around 15 minutes. This is a crucial development in this matter, which likely points to the fact that oddsmakers are no longer comfortable in taking more bets in light of the uncertainty brought about by Lawrence’s positive test result.

It remains to be seen if the absence of Trevor Lawrence will have an effect on Clemson’s championship odds this season. After all, he should be able to return to action in around 10 to 14 days, which means that his absence should have a minimal effect, if any, on the Tigers’ title hopes this term.