|2009 Clemson vs. N.C. State Point Spread Odds, Matchup & Preview|
|Written by Drew Sharper|
|Tuesday, 10 November 2009 15:00|
With dynamic running back C.J. Spiller leading the way, the surging, 24th-ranked Tigers look to earn their sixth straight win over the Wolfpack as the league rivals meet Saturday.
Oddsmakers from online sports book Sportsbook.com have made Clemson -6 point spread favorites (View College Football odds) for Saturday’s game (Game Matchup). Current public betting information shows that 76% of bets for this game have been placed on Clemson -6 (View College Football bet percentages).
Clemson (6-3, 4-2) can win its first ACC Atlantic Division title if it beats
A victory over the Wolfpack followed by a win over
"We haven't done anything great or spectacular, but just won a few football games - put ourselves in position to do something special," Tigers senior receiver Jacoby Ford said.
Ford has been around for some heartbreaking failures. Clemson has finished one game behind the winner each year since the ACC split into divisions in 2005.
The Tigers, though, have had little trouble taking advantage of matchups with the Wolfpack. Clemson has won five straight against
Spiller, who has rushed for 329 yards and has five TDs in three career games against the Wolfpack, has led the Tigers' late-season surge. He had a career-high 165 rushing yards - including his 20th touchdown of at least 50 yards - in Clemson's fourth straight win, 40-24 over
Spiller's 312 all-purpose yards surpassed his own school record of 310 - set two games prior in a 40-37 overtime win at then-No. 8
"Who wouldn't want him on their team?" Clemson offensive coordinator Billy Napier said of Spiller, who has pushed himself into Heisman Trophy consideration.
Spiller needs one kickoff return touchdown to establish a new NCAA career record. Spiller, former USC All-American Anthony Davis (1972-74) and Ashlan Davis of
He's helped the Tigers average 41.7 points during their winning streak. Now, they face a Wolfpack team that has given up an average of 39.6 points in its last six contests.
"They're high on the mountain right now. They're a little cocky, beating
The Wolfpack snapped a four-game losing streak last Saturday, beating
Beating the Terrapins has given the Wolfpack confidence they can put together another strong finish. They're 7-2 in November under coach Tom O'Brien, including a 4-0 stretch last season that made them eligible for a bowl game.
The sophomore threw for three touchdowns and ran for another versus
Posted: 11/10/09 8:00PM ET