The Thursday night (7:30pm ET) action is a quality match up of ACC teams with the 13th ranked Clemson Tigers (6-1) traveling to Winston Salem, NC to take on the host Demon Deacons of Wake Forest (4-3). Clemson is 5-2 ATS this season; with a four-game winning streak ATS including a 38-17 win at home over Virginia Tech last week to cover a 7.5 point line. Wake Forest is 4-3 ATS this year, with a two-game winning streak ATS coming into this game following a hard-fought 16-10 win at Virginia last week as a 3 point underdog.
The Clemson offense has been one of the most productive in the nation under the direction of quarterback Tajh Boyd (1,908 yards passing, 15 TDs, 6 INTs), ranking 15th nationally in scoring offense with 40;.9 points per game and 16th in total offense with 492.9 yards per game. The Clemson defense has been the less stellar unit, ranking a respectable 63rd in scoring defense with 25.9 PPG allowed, but 93rd in total defense with 440.3 YPG allowed.
Wake Forest has had a tough go of it offensively this season, ranking a dismal 97th in scoring offense with 22 PPG and 11th in total offense with 316.1 YPG. Both the running game (101st with 120.6 YPG) and the passing game (97th with 195.6 YPG) have been a disappointment this season. On defense, Wake Forest ranks 75th in scoring defense with 28 PPG allowed, and also 75th in total defense with 405 YPG allowed.
Clemson vs. Wake Forest Spread, Line and Betting Odds:
Clemson Tigers -12
@ Wake Forest Demon Deacons +12
Over 59.5 (-110)
Under 59.5 (-110)
Betting odds taken from Bovada.lv
Clemson vs. Wake Forest Pick:
Clemson has gone 5-0 ATS in their last 5 ACC games, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games. Wake Forest is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 ACC games, but 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games against winning teams. The over is 4-1 in Clemson’s last 5 games overall, while the under is 10-3 in their last 13 road games and 14-6 in their last 20 ACC games. The under is 502 in the Demon Deacon’s last 7 ACC games and 8-3 in their last 11 games overall. In head-to-head play, the under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings between the two teams, Clemson is 1-4-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Winston Salem, and the home team is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings. Clemson has won three straight games outright in the series, including a 31-28 win last season in which they failed to cover a 16 point line.
The Clemson offense has a wealth of playmakers with Boyd, wide receivers DeAndre Hopkins (845 yards receiving, 9 TDs) and Sammy Watkins and running back Andre Ellington (696 yards rushing). Wake Forest does not have any weapons on offense and is ill-prepared to compete if the game is fast-paced, which is how Clemson like to play. The Tigers defense is not spectacular, but it will not have to be against a woeful Demon Deacon offense, and Boyd and company should be able to light up the scoreboard against a team that they are very familiar with. Expect Clemson to take the lead early and not relinquish it. Clemson to cover is the call in this game.
PICK = Clemson -12