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Underdog vs. ranked foe in college football

Four Thursdays in a row, the unranked team defeated the ranked team in the Game of the Day. College football bettors will be watching to see if that pattern continues when Clemson faces No. 21 Wake Forest in an ACC clash.

Look at recent history - Vanderbilt beat No. 24 South Carolina 24-17, Colorado beat No. 21 West Virginia 17-14, Oregon State stunned No. 1 USC 27-21, and Pittsburgh handled No. 10 South Florida 26-21. {URL= http://www.oddsshark.com/Stats/Matchup/Football/NCAAF/25802} Matchup Report {/URL}

Tonight the Clemson Tigers (3-2) travel to Wake Forest (3-1) to play the 21st ranked Demon Deacons as 2.5-point underdogs. The total is 44.5, depending on which {URL= http://www.oddsshark.com/sportsbooks} online sportsbook {/URL} you play at.

Both teams had the week off last week, but the previous week both teams lost and failed to cover the spread as Clemson lost to Maryland 20-17 and Wake Forest lost to Navy 24-17.

This game will pit the Clemson rushing attack, led by the RB duo of James Davis (375 yds 5 TD) and C.J. Spiller (304 yds 5 TD), against the passing attack of the Demon Deacons led by QB Riley Skinner (974 yds 6 TD 4 INT).

Clemson may have an advantage, as they have a decent passing game (ranked 54th in the nation) and the Wake Forest rushing game is weak (ranked 115th in the nation) and their leading rusher only has 151 yards and is averaging only 2.7 yards per carry. Check out {URL= http://www.oddsshark.com/Stats/DefensiveStats/Football/NCAAF} sortable defensive stats {/URL}.

Both teams have a good defense, Clemson ranked 36th Wake Forest ranked 26th, but the key will be which defense can stop the opposing team’s offensive strength. There is a good chance of rain for this game, which would favor Clemson since they have a stronger running game.

This season Clemson is 0-3 against the spread and the Demon Deacons are 2-2. The total has gone Over in 5 of Clemson's last 6 games when playing Wake Forest and they are 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Clemson.

Interesting fact on tonight’s game is that in 4 games on Thursday an unranked opponent has beat a ranked opponent with Vanderbilt beating No. 24 South Carolina 24-17, Colorado beating No. 21 West Virginia 17-14, Oregon State stunning No. 1 USC 27-21, and Pittsburgh beating No. 10 South Florida 26-21.

Saturday’s Big Spread Games Where Underdogs May Cover

New Mexico Lobos (3-3) at No. 9 BYU Cougars -23.5 (5-0) – The Lobos have a decent rushing game, ranked 24th, so if they can pick up some yards the dynamic offense 0f the Cougars will stay off the field for long periods of time, which will make it difficult to pile up the points.

Colorado Buffalos (3-2) at No. 16 Kansas Jayhawks -14 (4-1) – The Jayhawks needed a ferocious comeback to beat the weak Iowa State Cyclones last week 35-33. The Buffalos are young, but are legit, as their only losses were to West Virginia and No. 5 Texas.

Purdue Boilermakers (2-3) at No. 12 Ohio State Buckeyes -19 (5-1) – Purdue has a good passing attack (ranked 34th in the nation) and they will air it out to try to pull an upset at Ohio State. Even though Purdue is 2-3, 2 of their 3 losses have been against ranked teams and the other loss was against 4-1 Notre Dame.

Check the latest {URL= http://www.oddsshark.com/Stats/Odds/Football/NCAAF} college football odds {/URL}. to see which sportsbook offers the best odds on the game you are playing. And pay attention to the opening odds in the display to see which games have had the biggest line moves. That can often be an indicator of where the smart money is going and can be used as a handicapping tool.