Wake Forest vs. Clemson Prediction
Can No. 3 Clemson continue to cover a big spread when the Tigers play host to Wake Forest today at 3:30PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
337 Wake Forest vs. 338 Clemson
Saturday, November 16, 2019
3:30PM ET – Memorial Stadium
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Public Betting Trends
According to the latest oddsmakers, Clemson is favored at home, as the Tigers are getting odds of -34 points against Wake Forest. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 59.5 points. The public betting currently has 63 percent going on Clemson as the home favorite. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NCAAF Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Clemson hitting its stride
After being left out of the initial College Football Playoffs top-4, Clemson went out and beat N.C. State on the road last week, 55-10. The Tigers have won their last five games by at least 31 points and their last three by at least 45. Clemson is 10-0 on the season, 7-0 in the ACC, 7-3 against the spread and 5-5 with the over/under total.
The Tigers are putting up 45.3 points and 545.8 yards per game on offense this season while the defense is giving up only 11.5 points and 251.5 yards per game. They rank in the top five nationally in both offense and defense. Travis Etienne is the leading rusher on the team with 1,214 yards and 13 touchdowns while Trevor Lawrence has thrown for 2,303 yards and 23 touchdowns. Tee Higgins is the team’s leading receiver with 36 catches for 735 yards and five scores, while Isaiah Simmons is leading the defense with 69 tackles, five sacks and an interception.
Demon Deacons hit a speed bump
Wake Forest took a tough road loss last weekend, 36-17 at Virginia Tech. The Demon Deacons have dropped two of their last four games to fall to 7-2 on the season and 3-2 in the ACC. Wake Forest is 4-4-1 against the spread and 6-3 with the under.
Wake Forest has been pretty strong on offense this year, averaging 35.7 points and 487.3 yards per game. Defensively, Wake Forest is allowing 25.9 points and 407.8 yards per contest. Wake took a big blow this week as receiver Sage Surratt was lost for the season with a shoulder injury. Surratt has caught 66 passes for 1,001 yards and 11 touchdowns this year. Scotty Washington, who has 607 receiving yards and seven scores, is also out with an injury. That will make things tough for Jamie Newman, who has thrown for 2,297 yards and 22 touchdowns this year. Newman has also rushed for 301 yards and five scores while Cade Carney is the team’s leading rusher with 429 yards and three touchdowns.
College Football Betting Trends
The Tigers are 15-5-1 against the spread in their last 21 conference games and 12-4 ATS in their last 16 games following a win of 20 points or more.
The Demon Deacons have covered the spread in four straight games following a loss and they are 11-5 against the spread in their last 16 games after scoring less than 20 points in their previous game.
Clemson has been able to beat Wake Forest consistently, but the Demon Deacons have covered the spread in four of the last five meetings. However, last year Clemson picked up a 63-3 victory on the road and I think it could be a bloodbath today. The Tigers are really clicking on both sides of the ball right now. They have put up at least 55 points in three straight and haven’t allowed more than 14 points in four straight. Wake is short-handed at skill positions and I can’t see the Deacons doing much against this Clemson defense.
College Football Week 12 Prediction: Clemson -34