Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs. Clemson Tigers - 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 +23 -- Over/Under: 43 See the Latest Odds
The Clemson Tigers travel to Wake Forest to play the Demon Deacons on Thursday night.
The Clemson Tigers improved to 6-2 on the year after beating Syracuse 16-6 at home two weeks ago. The Tigers have won five straight games over North Carolina, NC State, Louisville, Boston College, and now Syracuse. Clemson ranks 10th in points against this season, allowing an average of only 18.3 points per game. The Tigers have held their last four opponents to 0, 17, 13, and 6 points. The Clemson offense is averaging 32.3 points per game, which ranks 50th in the country. QB Deshaun Watson is doubtful for the game on Thursday with a hand injury. QB Cole Stoudt has played the last three games in Watson’s place and his thrown for 1,143 yards with 2 touchdowns and 4 interceptions on the season. WR Mike Williams has caught 35 balls for 743 yards and 4 touchdowns, while WR Artavis Scott has 45 grabs for 502 yards and 3 touchdowns. RB Wayne Gallman and C.J. Davidson have rushed for a combined 535 yards and 4 touchdowns this season. This will be the Tigers fourth road game of the season; Clemson is 1-2 on the road this season with losses to Georgia and Florida State.
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The Wake Forest Demon Deacons dropped to 2-6 on the season after losing at home to Boston College 23-17 two weekends ago. The Demon Deacons have lost four straight games to the likes of Louisville, Florida State, Syracuse, and now Boston College. Wake Forest has only knocked off Gardner-Webb and Army this season. Wake Forest has an average defense, allowing 24.6 points per game, which ranks 54th in the country. The problem for the Demon Deacons lies on offense, averaging only 14.8 points per game, which ranks a lousy 125th in the country. QB John Wofford has thrown for 1,377 yards with 7 touchdowns and 13 interceptions this season. WR E.J. Scott leads the team with 35 catches for 373 yards and 4 touchdowns. RB Orville Reynolds leads a team that can’t rush the ball, rushing for only 143 yards and no touchdowns this season. The Demon Deacons are averaging only 34.5 rushing yards per game as a team, which ranks almost dead last in college football. This will be the third home game in a row and the fifth overall this season; the Demon Deacons are 2-2 at home this season.
Clemson has won the last five meetings with Wake Forest; including a 56-7 beat down last year in Death Valley. This game should be a low scoring affair with two solid defensive units. Clemson is playing their backup quarterback in Stoudt, but he should be able to produce enough points to get the win. Wake Forest will be lucky to score 10 points, but I don’t see Clemson scoring more than 28. I think Clemson will win, but Wake Forest will do enough to keep it within 3 touchdowns.