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Where: Carter-Finley Stadium
When: Saturday, November 9, 2019, 7:30 pm ET
We have the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) to discuss, and a good one at that, when the #4 Clemson Tigers meet the NC State Wolfpack for a Saturday night game of tackle football. This is the 85th meeting between the two schools with the Tigers holding a 56-28 edge in their rivalry. Clemson brings a seven-game winning streak to Raleigh with the Tigers winning last seasons meeting by a score of 34-7.
Clemson is 9-0 this season with a 6-0 ACC record and is coming off a 59-14 non-conference victory over the Wofford Terriers. The Wolfpack are 4-4 this season and 1-3 in conference play after a 44-10 loss against #23 Wake Forest.
Clemson Roughs up WoffordThe #4 ranked Clemson Tigers are rolling with a 9-0 record and is a perfect 6-0 in conference play this season. The Tigers last five victims have been road wins over North Carolina and Louisville with home wins over Florida State, Boston College and last Saturday smashed the Wofford Terriers by a score of 59-14. The weather Saturday in Raleigh should be beautiful with temps in the 50’s and this is going to be a good tackle football game against NC State.
The Wolfpack allows 243 passing yards per game and sophomore quarterback Trevor Lawrence is about as good as it gets. Lawrence has thrown for 2027 yards with 20 touchdowns and eight interceptions with an additional 262 rushing yards and six trips to the end zone. The sophomore signal-caller has been sacked just five times this season.
Lawrence is surrounded by talented pass catchers. Junior wideout Tee Higgins leads Clemson with 662 yards with four touchdowns, sophomore wide receiver Justyn Ross has 444 receiving yards with a team high five receiving yards, junior wideout Amari Rodgers has 365 receiving yards with four touchdowns and Diondre Overton has 191 receiving yards and three trips to the end zone this season.
NC State limits teams to just 114 rushing yards per game and Clemson will counter with junior running back Travis Etienne and his 1102 rushing yards on 102 attempts with 11 trips to the end zone. The junior running back has an additional 184 passing yards with one touchdown and has had a remarkable season. Sophomore running back Lyn-J Dixon has rushed for 428 yards with four touchdowns while freshman Chez Mellusi has rushed for 254 yards and a pair of scores for the Tigers.
Wolfpack Two Consecutive Home WinsNC State is 4-4 this season with a 1-3 ACC record and enters this game hoping to end a two-game losing streak. The Wolfpack has lost three of its last five games and those three losses came on the road to Florida State, Boston College. Last Saturday the Wolfpack was blown out by #23 ranked Wake Forest by a score of 44-10. Both wins over the past five games came at home; the Wolfpack thumped Ball State 34-23 and defeated Syracuse by a score of 16-10.
Clemson allows 113.2 rushing yards per game and NC State will look to frosh running back Zonovan Knight and his team-high 389 rushing yards along with three touchdowns to lead the Wolfpack ground game. Freshman running back Jordan Houston has 362 rushing yards with three touchdowns while sophomore running back Ricky Person Jr has rushed for 202 yards with a pair of scores this season.
The Tigers allow a stingy 134 passing yards per game and freshman quarterback Devin Leary is coming off a shaky start last week where he chucked a pair of interceptions. Leary is the third different starting quarterback for NC State and he’s thrown for 485 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions.
Junior wideout Emeka Emezie leads NC State with 410 yards with one touchdown, freshman wide receiver Devin Carter has 356 receiving yards, junior tight end Cary Angeline has 316 receiving yards with a team high four touchdowns and sophomore wideout Thayer Thomas has 283 receiving yards and three touchdowns this season.
- Wolfpack are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games after accumulating less than 170 yards passing in their previous game.
- Wolfpack are 25-10 ATS in their last 35 games after accumulating less than 275 total yards in their previous game.
The supporting trends for this game found on Covers.com, are N/A
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Clemson is going to win this game but I don't think that they will cover a spread of 32.5 points against the Wolfpack. NC State plays well at home and while their wins aren't against the likes of the Tigers, they are still winning games at home. The Wolfpack has had it rough this season, losing two starting tackles and three different starting quarterbacks but if they can score just two touchdowns, they will cover the spread.
I will take the 32.5 and play the Wolfpack to cover the spread.
Prediction: NC State +32.5 Points
Full-Game Total Pick
If NC State is going to win this game, it will need to be a high scoring game because I don't see the Wolfpack defense getting that many stops. The Clemson defense is as good as it gets but they can be run on and I think that is what the Wolfpack will attempt to do. Hopefully, that will open up things for their talented receivers and that should help them compete.
This game could go the other way and Clemson scores 50 points and allows a touchdown or two and at least we will have the OVER.
I will play the OVER in this game.
Prediction: Over 53.5 Points