North Carolina vs Clemson Prediction - College Football Picks 11/18/23

Clemson Tigers (6-4) vs North Carolina Tar Heels (8-2)

Game Info: Saturday, November 18, 2023 at 3:30 pm (Memorial Stadium)

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The North Carolina Tar Heels will play the Clemson Tigers in an ACC game on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina. North Carolina has won two games in a row, while Clemson has also won two straight. 

North Carolina Preview

The North Carolina Tar Heels are 8-2 (4-2) this year after they defeated Duke by a score of 47-45 in double overtime last week. North Carolina trailed 36-33 with 41 seconds left, but they were able to force overtime and win in the second overtime. The Tar Heels out gained Duke by a total of 537-379 and went 11-19 on third downs. North Carolina’s two losses this season have come against Virginia and Georgia Tech in back to back games. The UNC offense is scoring 39.8 points per game with 321.9 passing yards per game and 198.7 rushing yards per game, while going 51.7% on third downs. Drake Maye has thrown for 3,145 yards, 21 touchdowns, and six interceptions for the Tar Heels this season. Omarion Hampton has rushed for 1,236 yards and 13 touchdowns, while Devontez Walker has caught 35 passes for 600 yards and six scores. The UNC defense is giving up 25.5 points against per game this season.

Clemson Preview

The Clemson Tigers are 6-4 (3-4) this season after they defeated Georgia Tech by a score of 42-21 in their last game. Clemson trailed 7-0 in the second quarter, but they scored the next 35 points to pull away in the game. The Tigers out gained Georgia Tech by a total of 465-254 and forced four turnovers in the win. Clemson also defeated Notre Dame by a score of 31-23 in the game prior to Georgia Tech. The Clemson offense is averaging 32.7 points per game with 238.6 passing yards per game and 169.7 rushing yards per game, while going 42.2% on third downs. Cade Klubnik has thrown for 2,261 yards, 18 touchdowns, and seven interceptions for the Tigers this year. Phil Mafah has rushed for 721 yards and eight scores, while Beaux Collins has caught 38 passes for 510 yards and three touchdowns. The Clemson defense is allowing 21.2 points against per game this year.

Clemson Tigers Team Facts

  • Clemson has won 45 of its last 47 games at Memorial Stadium (Clemson).
  • Clemson has covered the spread in five of its last six home games in November.
  • Clemson has won the first half in each of its last five home games against conference opponents.
  • Each of Clemson's last four home games in November have gone OVER the total points line.

North Carolina Tar Heels Team Facts

  • North Carolina has won each of its last three games as an underdog against non-AP-ranked teams.
  • North Carolina has covered the spread in five of its last six games as an underdog.
  • North Carolina has won the first half in each of its last three games against conference opponents.
  • Each of North Carolina's last four games as an underdog have gone UNDER the total points line.


Clemson went through a little bit of a rough patch earlier in the season, but they have looked very good in their last two games and will be at home for this matchup. North Carolina also went through a rough patch where they lost two games they probably shouldn’t have, but they have bounced back with two straight wins. Despite the two wins in a row, North Carolina didn’t look great against Duke and I think they are catching Clemson at a bad time. The Tigers are starting to play very well and they are starting to get their swagger back. I think this Clemson defense is going to rise to the occasion and give Maye a ton of issues. Take Clemson at home here. 

David’s Pick Clemson -6.5

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