Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs. Clemson Tigers - 11/19/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Clemson Tigers (9-1) at Wake Forest Demon Deacons (6-4)
College Football: Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 7:00 pm (BB&T Field)
The Line: Wake Forest Demon Deacons +23.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
On Saturday, November 19 from BB&T Field in Winston-Salem, we’ve got Week 12 college football action from the ACC as the Clemson Tigers visit the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.
Clemson sits at 9-1 on the season, thanks to a shocking 43-42 loss to fellow ACC residents Pittsburgh this past Saturday. In that game, Clemson allowed the Panthers to storm down the field on a last-minute drive that ended in the decisive field goal. For his part, Clemson QB Deshaun Watson bagged a whopping 580 yards, three touchdowns and three picks in the game.
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So far this season, Watson holds 3077 yards with 27 TDs and 13 picks, while Wayne Gallman leads the Tigers with 138 carries, 670 yards and 11 scores on the ground. Mike Williams is the leading receiver for Clemson with 67 catches for 956 yards and six touchdowns.
Over on the Wake Forest side, they’re entering play here with a 6-4 record on the year, but dropped their most recent game 44-12 at Louisville this past Saturday. The Demon Deacons were in total control early on in that one, but the Cardinals stormed back with 34 points in the fourth quarter.
On the year thus far for Wake Forest, QB John Wolford has 1454 yards, five touchdowns and seven interceptions, while Matt Colburn leads the way with the rush with 120 carries 490 yards and a TD. Tabari Hines is tops in the Wake Forest receiving game with 33 receptions, 389 yards and two scores.
Clemson is 7-1 ATS in their last eight games after allowing more than 280 yards passing in their previous game, and 6-2 ATS in their last eight games following a straight-up loss. Clemson is also 1-4 ATS in their last five games on field turf, and 1-5 ATS in their last six games in November.
Meanwhile, Wake Forest is 4-0 ATS in their last four conference games, and 4-1 ATS in their last five games in November. Wake Forest is also 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall, and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games following a straight-up loss.
For a moment there, it looked like Wake Forest might pull off the unthinkable and defeat Louisville this past Saturday, but they reverted back to form in the second half. Clemson, meanwhile, could easily have won that Pittsburgh game but the Tigers apparently like playing with fire in close games this season. All things considered, however, Clemson far outmatches Wake Forest, and I don’t see the Tigers having a problem covering here.