Clemson at Wake Forest - 11/6/14 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Clemson Tigers (6-2) at Wake Forest Demon Deacons (2-6)
College Football: Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 7:30 pm (BB&T Field)
The Line: Wake Forest Demon Deacons +21 -- Over/Under: 42.5 See the Latest Odds
The Clemson Tigers and Wake Forest Demon Deacons play Thursday night at BB&T Field.
The Clemson Tigers have won five straight games but are just 1-2 on the road overall. While a balanced team, Clemson relies on its defense that's allowing 18.3 points, 268.6 yards, and has forced 13 turnovers and 30 sacks. The Clemson Tigers have won 18 of their last 19 games when allowing 24 or less points. Stephone Anthony leads Clemson with 49 tackles and Vic Beasley has eight sacks. Offensively, Cole Stoudt is expected to get the nod, and he’s completing 63.2 percent of his passes for two touchdowns and four interceptions. Clemson has 27 passing plays of 20 or more yards and is averaging 12.1 yards per catch. Mike Williams and Artavis Scott have combined for more than 1,200 receiving yards and seven touchdowns, while Germone Hopper has six of his 15 receptions in his last two games. Clemson’s ground game is averaging 3.3 yards per carry, and freshman Wayne Gallman is coming off his first 100-yard performance.
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The Wake Forest Demon Deacons have lost four straight but their two lone wins have come at home. Like Clemson, Wake Forest relies on its defense that’s allowing 24.6 points, 358.3 yards, and has forced 13 turnovers and 17 sacks. The Wake Forest Demon Deacons have allowed 24 or less points in 10 of their last 15 games. Ryan Janvion leads Wake Forest with 79 tackles and Zachary Allen has nine tackles for loss. Offensively, John Wolford is completing 61.3 percent of his passes for seven touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Wake Forest has five passing plays of 25 or more yards and Wolford has thrown at least one pick in every game this season. E.J. Scott and Cam Serigne have combined for more than 700 receiving yards and six touchdowns, while Jared Crump has eight of his 27 receptions in his last two games. Wake Forest’s ground game is averaging just 1.1 yards per carry and has just one run of 20-plus yards all season.
The Tigers are 8-3 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games on fieldturf. The Demon Deacons are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 conference games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games. The Tigers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
This has the looks of being an ugly, low scoring game with both teams turning to their defense to find success. Wake Forest will be lucky to score 14 points in this game with the worst running game in the country. The under is 5-1 in the last six meetings between these two teams, and I like that trend to continue here.