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Clemson Tigers vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons Free Pick 9/28/13

Wake Forest Demon Deacons (2-2) at Clemson Tigers (3-0)

NCAAF Football: Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 3:30 pm (Memorial Stadium)

The Line: Clemson Tigers -28.5 -- Over/Under: 58.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons visit Clemson to play the Tigers on Saturday.

The Demon Deacons improved to 2-2 on the year after beating Army on the road 25-11 on Saturday. Wake Forest won their season opener but then dropped two in a row against Boston College and LA-Monroe before bouncing back against Army. This was the seventh straight victory against Army for Wake Forest, which overcame three costly errors and nine penalties to hold off the Black Knights. Despite four punts and two lost fumbles in the first half, Army trailed only 10-5 at the break as Wake Forest also sputtered offensively. The Demon Deacons had a missed field goal, suffered a safety, an interception and a lost fumble in the opening half. The Demon Deacons offense produced 360 total yards with 228 of them coming on the ground. QB Price was terrible passing the ball, finishing 6 of 17 for 132 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Star WR Campanaro finished with 4 catches for 91 yards and a touchdown. Price did rush the ball 11 times for 60 yards, while RB Baggett had a terrific game with 125 yards rushing on 16 carries. The Wake Forest defense forced two turnovers in the first half and allowed 357 total yards to the Black Knights. The Demon Deacons will need to play their best defensively this week if they’re going to have any chance of beating Clemson.

Clemson Tigers vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons Free Pick 9/28/13

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The Clemson Tigers are a perfect 3-0 after beating NC State 26-14 on Thursday night last week. The Tigers had a huge win over Georgia to begin the year, followed by a win against S. Carolina State in week two. Against NC State, the Tigers struggled to get their offense running in high gear and spent much of Thursday night fighting to protect a slim lead. Clemson finished with 415 total yards, 244 passing and 171 rushing. QB Tajh Boyd threw for 244 yards and three touchdowns to help Clemson beat NC State, winning its ACC opener on the road. The Tigers came in averaging 45 points and 490 yards, but didn’t score its first touchdown until late in the first half. RB McDowell carried the ball 14 times for 68 yards, while WR Watkins caught 10 balls for 96 yards. The Tigers defense allowed 378 total yards against NC State, 213 passing and 165 rushing. Clemson DE Vic Beasley finished with three sacks, two pass breakups, and one forced fumble in the win. NC State was just 3-of-16 on third downs. The Wolfpack offense averaged almost six yards per play but they hurt themselves with nine penalties and two turnovers. Clemson will head back home for their second conference game against a weak Wake Forest squad.

Wake Forest is 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win. The Tigers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 conference games. The under is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.

Clemson has won the last four meetings between these two schools, including a 42-13 win on the road last season. Wake Forest had lost their last 3 road games by at least 14 points before beating Army last week. The Demon Deacons have only scored over 24 points three times in the past 10 games and that will be huge problem in this game. Clemson should have no problem putting up 40 plus points against Wake Forest and if the Demon Deacons can’t get on the board early this game will get ugly. I’m taking Clemson to win big in Death Valley.

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