Game of the Day: Clemson at Wake Forest

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Clemson Tigers at Wake Forest Demon Deacons (+22.5,
42.5)

Wake Forest is winless in the ACC and having some trouble
scoring points since moving into conference play. The Demon
Deacons hope to solve their offensive problems and play a role
in the race at the top of the conference when they host No. 19
Clemson on Thursday. The Tigers are winners of five straight
thanks in large part to a defense that has allowed an average
of nine points in the last four contests.

That Clemson defense is taking on a Wake Forest rushing attack
that ranks last among 128 FBS teams with an average of 34.5
yards on the ground and a scoring offense sitting at 125th with
an average of 14.8 points. “We aren’t as strong or as physical
as we need to be,” Demon Deacons coach Dave Clawson told
reporters. “We’re very young in a lot of our linemen positions,
but that is part of a rebuild. We will get a little stronger
every year.” Wake Forest was crushed 56-7 at Clemson last
season.

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN.

LINE HISTORY:
The Tigers opened as 22-point road faves
and are now -22.5. The total opened 43 and is down a
half-point.

INJURY REPORT: Clemson – QB Deshaun Watson
(Probable, finger), WR Charone Peake (Doubtful, knee).
Wake Forest – WR Matt James (Questionable,
hand), LB Teddy Matthews (Questionable, ankle), CB Deonte Davis
(Questionable, knee).

WEATHER FORECAST: There could be rain early as
there is a 49 percent chance of showers leading into kickoff.
Wind will blow across the field around 12 mph. Temperatures
will be in the mid-50s.

WHAT CAPPERS SAY:
“Tigers looking to re-ignite an
offense that has sputtered without freshman phenom QB DeSahun
Watson, averaging less than 17 PPG in their last three
contests. While Wake Forest has struggled mightily this season
they have suffered only one loss at home in this series since
1980 by more than this number. Be careful here.” Covers
Expert Marc Lawrence.

CHEERLEADER WAR:

ABOUT CLEMSON (6-2 SU, 5-1 ACC, 4-4 ATS, 3-5
O/U):
The Tigers are hanging in second place in the
Atlantic Division, waiting around in case No. 2 Florida State
implodes down the stretch and opens up a spot in the ACC title
game. Clemson has been less explosive on offense in three games
under quarterback Cole Stoudt, who took over for freshman
Deshaun Watson (hand) against Louisville on Oct. 11, but the
defense is making up the difference as it held Syracuse to 170
total yards in a 16-6 win on Oct. 25. “As long as we have one
more point than the opponent, that’s all that matters,” coach
Dabo Swinney told reporters. “We got it done.”

ABOUT WAKE FOREST (2-6 SU, 0-4 ACC, 4-4 ATS, 1-7
O/U):
The 23-17 home loss to Boston College on Oct. 25
marked the Demon Deacons’ highest-scoring effort since a 24-21
win over Army on Sept. 20, which matched their best output of
the season. Freshman quarterback John Wolford has one touchdown
pass and six interceptions in conference play and gets little
help from a ground game that totaled 19 yards in the loss to
Boston College. “We’ve got a lot of things to clean up,”
Clawson told reporters. “We’re early in this process, and if we
can establish effort as a starting point, then we are headed in
the right direction.”

TWEET BEAT:

TRENDS:

* Under is 5-1 in the last six meetings.
* Favorite is 4-1 ATS in their last five meetings.
* Demon Deacons are 0-5 ATS in their last five Thursday
games.
* Under is 4-0 in Tigers last four conference games.

COVERS CONSENSUS:
According to Covers Consensus, 57
percent of bettors are backing visiting Clemson.

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