The Clemson Tigers will be looking to take down the NC State Wolfpack in a matchup of undefeated ACC rivals.Last year, the Wolfpack barely won against Clemson in overtime. Out of their last 17 meetings, this was only their second victory.
In the last nine meetings between these Atlantic Division rivals, Clemson has been a double-digit favorite every time, but that is unlikely to be the case for this year’s game.The Tigers opened with a low total of 46 and were only favored by 6.5 points at the best North Carolina betting sites.
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Last week’s 41-10 rout of Connecticut looked like child’s play for NC State offense, which scored on its very first play then kept up the good work by tallying 31 points in its next 5 possessions.Devin Leary had a great game, throwing for 320 yards and four touchdowns. The Wolfpack never punted, showing their dominance on the field.
Chris Dunn, the program’s all-time leader in scoring, was carted off after being tackled on a fake field-goal attempt in the third quarter.Although coach Dave Doeren said Dunn will be healthy this next week, he used the game as an opportunity to give backup kicker Collin Smith some playing time.
The Wolfpack have won their last 5 games by an average of 14.6 points, but it is unknown if they’ll be able to keep up the same level of performance when playing away from home. NC State has a poor record in its last 16 games on the road, only winning 4 out 12 times against the spread.
While a successful defense has always been key for Clemson, last week the team’s offense had to bail out the stop unit.Clemson’s DJ Uiagalelei had perhaps his finest performance as a starter since taking over for Lawrence last year, connecting on 21 of 28 attempts for 375 yards and five touchdowns in the Tigers’ 51-45 double-overtime win at Wake Forest.
After allowing 6 six touchdown passes and 40-plus points to an ACC opponent for just the fourth time in eight years, the Tigers needed all of those scores.Even though they were without their best defensive player, the Clemson D still managed to shut down a promising Wake Forest drive at the end of regulation, then halt the Deacons again in overtime.
Clemson has now won nine games in a row and 38 out of their last forty conference matches.The Tigers’ most recent loss in ACC play was against the Wolfpack; however, Clemson has had Eight straight winning meetings against NC State at Death Valley.
NC State’s defense has the potential to restrict Clemson’s high-powered offense. If Leary performs well against a Tigers secondary that is below average in pass defense, he could have a big game.
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While the Tigers will feel emotionally defeated after their big win against Wake Forest, as they will want revenge for last year’s loss against the Wolfpack.After his fantastic showing against the Demon Deacons, Leonard Uiagalelei should be brimming with self-assurance.