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Clemson Wake Forest Betting Preview

The defending ACC champion Clemson Tigers look to continue their quest for back-to-back titles when they visit Winston-Salem to take on the Demon Deacons of Wake Forest Thursday night (7:30 pm ET, ESPN).

The Tigers, who at 3-1 in ACC play are a half-game back of first-place Florida State in the Atlantic Division, were early favorites over the Deacs but lots of money was coming in on Wake during the week.

View Clemson vs Wake Forest Odds and Stats.

Wake Forest vs Clemson Betting Line: Bettors looking to side with the Demon Deacons in this one found them as 16-point underdogs but the number had been bet down to -12 at Sportsbook.ag. The over under number was 59.5, according to Bovada on Wednesday.

Power Rankings / Prediction: The Demon Deacons - Tigers odds would favor the Tigers if the lines were set according to power ranks. Wake Forest is rated No. 112 in our latest OddsShark poll, while the Tigers sit at No. 46. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 44-23 win for the Tigers.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Wake Forest's No. 96-ranked offense, averaging 22 PPG, against a Tigers defense that ranks No. 63 this week at 25.9 PPG. The Demon Deacons aerial game is averaging 195.6 yards per game, less than the Tigers secondary allows through the air, 237.7 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Tigers feature the league's No. 67-rated road run defense, allowing 172.7 yards per game. Wake Forest, meanwhile, ranks No. 83 in rushing offense at home.

Clemson won its last outing, a 38-17 result against Virginia Tech on October 20. Clemson covered in that game as a 7.5-point favorite, while the 55 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Clemson cruised to victory in its last outing, as they ran up a 38-17 score against Virginia Tech at Memorial Stadium.

Wake Forest was a 16-10 winner in its last match on the road against Virginia. They covered the 3.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 26 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. The Demon Deacons grabbed a Week 8 victory over the Cavaliers in their last game, winning 16-10 at Scott Stadium.

Clemson Tigers Trends:
When playing in October are 8-2
When playing on turf are 5-5
After being outgained are 5-5
When playing within the conference are 7-3

Wake Forest Demon Deacons Trends:
When playing in October are 4-6
When playing on turf are 6-4
After being outgained are 5-5
When playing within the conference are 4-6

A few Tigers at Demon Deacons trends to consider:
Clemson is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
Clemson is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Wake Forest
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Clemson's last 6 games when playing Wake Forest
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Clemson's last 13 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Wake Forest's last 6 games when playing Clemson
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Wake Forest's last 6 games
Wake Forest is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
Wake Forest is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Clemson

Next up:
Clemson at Duke, Saturday, November 3
Wake Forest home to Boston College, Saturday, November 3