Wake Forest at Clemson: 11/20/21 College Football Picks and Prediction
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Clemson Tigers (7-3) vs Wake Forest Demon Deacons (9-1)
Game Info: Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 12:00 pm (Memorial Stadium)
Betting Odds: Clemson Tigers -4.5 -- Over/Under: 56.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The 10th ranked Wake Forest Demon Deacons will travel to Memorial Stadium (Clemson) to take on the Clemson Tigers this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The 10th ranked Wake Forest Demon Deacons improved to 9-1 on the season after defeating the 16th ranked NC State Wolfpack, 45-42, this past Saturday. Wake Forest led by a 24-20 margin at halftime and was able to pull away late in the 2nd half after a 4-yard TD run by Justice Ellison gave the Demon Deacons a double-digit lead with just 1:47 left in regulation. Wake Forest was outgained by NC State by a 482-406 margin and forced 3 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Demon Deacons was QB Sam Hartman who completed 20 of 47 passes for 290 yards, 3 TD, & 3 INT.
On the season, Wake Forest is averaging 44.7 ppg on 498.4 total yards per game (318.0 passing yds/g; 180.4 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Wake Forest has been led by QB Sam Hartman who has completed 59.8% of his passes for 3163 yards, 30 TD, & 8 INT while also rushing for 328 yards & 9 TD. The top receiving threats for Hartman and the Demon Deacons have been A.T. Perry (47 rec, 918 yards, 11 TD), Jaquarii Roberson (51 rec, 860 yards, 8 TD), Taylor Morin (29 rec, 421 yards, 4 TD), & Ke’Shawn Williams (20 rec, 316 yards, 3 TD). Leading the way for the Demon Deacons backfield has been the trio of Christian Beal-Smith (107 att, 533 yards, 7 TD), Justice Ellison (94 att, 477 yards, 6 TD), & Christian Turner (86 att, 359 yards, 3 TD).
Defensively, Wake Forest is allowing their opponents to average 29.1 ppg on 440.0 total yards per game (238.2 passing yds/g; 201.8 rushing yds/g).
The Clemson Tigers won their 3rd straight game and improved to 7-3 on the season after defeating the UConn Huskies, 44-7, this past Saturday. Clemson allowed UConn to get out to a quick 7-0 lead on a 99-yard KO return to start of the game, however, Clemson dominated UConn the rest of the way and had no trouble securing the victory after going into halftime with a 30-7 lead. Clemson outgained UConn by a 476-99 margin and forced 2 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Tigers was QB D.J. Uiagalelei who completed 21 of 44 passes for 241 yards, 1 TD, & 1 INT.
On the season, Clemson is averaging 24.4 ppg on 344.7 total yards per game (198.9 passing yds/g; 145.8 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Clemson has been led by RB duo of Will Shipley (93 att, 438 yards, 7 TD) & Kobe Pace (61 att, 341 yards, 3 TD). Both Shipley & Pace didn’t play last weekend against UConn, however, as they were both available for emergency situations, I think they both suit up against the Demon Deacons. QB DJ Uiagalelei has completed 54.9% of his passes for 1752 yards, 8 TD & 7 INT. The top receivers for the Tigers have been Justyn Ross (46 rec, 514 yards, 3 TD), Joseph Ngata (23 rec, 438 yards, TD), Beaux Collins (22 rec, 241 yards, 2 TD), & Davis Allen (20 rec, 146 yards, 2 TD). Joseph Ngata will be unavailable due to a foot injury.
Defensively, Clemson is holding their opponents to an average of 15.3 ppg on 308.9 total yards per game (197.8 passing yds/g; 111.1 rushing yds/g).
The Demon Deacons are 5-2 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 13-6 ATS in their last 19 games as a road underdog. The Tigers are 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games overall and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games.
Clemson has been able to pick up some wins as of late, however, the competition hasn’t been the toughest (Florida State, Louisville, UConn) and they are still struggling finding ways to score the football. Wake Forest certainly has some question marks on the defensive end, however, the Demon Deacons have been lights out offensively this season and come into this game ranked 2nd in scoring offense & 14th in passing offense. Clemson has a tough defense, however, Sam Hartman and the Demon Deacons certainly have enough weapons to put some points up and as I just don’t see the Tigers offense being able to keep up with Wake Forest in this one, I think the play here is to take Wake Forest and the points. Good Luck!