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Clemson vs. Wake Forest - 10/7/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Wake Forest Demon Deacons (4-1) at Clemson Tigers (5-0)

College Football: Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 12:00 pm (Memorial Stadium-Clemson)

The Line: Clemson Tigers -23 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

Down in South Carolina at Clemson Memorial Stadium on Saturday, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons and the Clemson Tigers will be meeting up in college football action. 

Wake Forest is sitting at 4-1 on the year so far, opening things up with four straight wins against Presbyterian, Boston College, Utah State and Appalachian State before a loss to Florida State 26-19 in their last outing. In that Seminoles game, Demon Deacons QB John Wolford went 24-of-34 for 271 yards and a pick, also leading the team in rushing with 19 carries, 63 yards and a TD. 

Clemson vs. Wake Forest - 10/7/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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On the season thus far, Wolford has 947 yards, eight scores and one pick in the air, and is also the top Wake Forest rusher with 332 yards and four scores from 66 carries. Greg Dortch is the lead Demon Deacons receiver with 352 yards and five touchdowns from 30 receptions. 

Over on the Clemson side, they’re currently 5-0, recording wins over Kent State, Auburn, Louisville, Boston College and Virginia Tech. In that Hokies game, Clemson QB Kelly Bryant went 12-of-21 for 186 yards and one TD. Bryant also led the Tigers in rushing with 19 carries for 94 yards. 

So far this year, Bryant has 1059 yards, three scores and three TDs while also leading the Tigers in rushing on 85 carries, 362 yards and seven scores. Ray-Ray McCloud is the top Clemson receiver with his 21 catches for 253 yards and one TD. 

Wake Forest is 6-1-1 ATS in the last eight conference games and 4-1 ATS versus a team with a winning record. The Demon Deacons are also 4-1-1 ATS in their last six games overall and 7-2 ATS in their last nine road games. 

Meanwhile, the Tigers are 5-0 ATS versus a team with a winning record and 6-1 ATS in the last seven games overall. Clemson is also 5-1 ATS in their last six games following a straight-up win, and 4-1 ATS in their last five home games. 

Just glancing at the offensive stats of their top guys, Clemson doesn’t seem that dangerous. Their major strength is their depth, however, as five rushers have at least 110 yards, and four receivers have at least 110 yards. Defensively, the Tigers are quite potent as well, allowing a max of 21 points (to Louisville) and holding their opponents to seven or less three times. I don’t think Wake Forest has enough weapons to push back against that, so I’ll stick with Clemson for the cover here.

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