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Clemson vs NC State Betting Preview

North Carolina State is a big home underdog on Thursday, when the No. 3 Clemson rolls into town for an ACC clash.

The explosive Tigers opened as 13-point favorites. The Wolf Pack has covered the spread in the last three meetings, including in last season’s 63-48 shootout loss at Clemson. But they has lost eight of nine SU.

Tigers’ QB Tajh Boyd accounted for eight touchdowns and 529 yards of offense in the win.

Both teams had the weekend off for extra preparation time. North Carolina State is 2-0, but struggled to nip Richmond in its last game. Eleven true freshman are playing significant minutes for the Wolf Pack.

Clemson is 2-0 with a big win over No. 5 Georgia and a blowout of cupcake South Carolina State.

View Clemson vs North Carolina State Odds and Stats.

Clemson NC State Betting Line: Fans backing the Wolfpack here saw them open at 5Dimes as 13-point underdogs in this college football clash. The total was 66.5 earlier at TopBet.

Power Rankings / Prediction: The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Wolfpack rated this week at No. 28 and the Tigers sitting at No. 59. It may or may not play a role in OddsShark score prediction models that turned out a 50-44 result in favor of the Tigers this week.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up North Carolina State's No. 59-ranked offense (31.5 PPG) against a Tigers defense that ranks No. 61 at 24 PPG. The Wolfpack passing attack has averaged 280.5 yards per game, more than the Tigers give up through the air (239 YPG on average).

Clemson was a 52-13 winner in its last match at home against S. Carolina St. They failed to cover the 51.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 65 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Clemson cruised to victory in its last outing, as they ran up a 52-13 score against S. Carolina St at Memorial Stadium.

Last time out for North Carolina State, they were a 23-21 winner as they battled Richmond at home. North Carolina State failed to cover in the match as a 23.5-point favorite, while 44 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Wolfpack grabbed a Week 2 victory over the Spiders in their last game, winning 23-21 at Carter-Finley Stadium.

Clemson Tigers Trends:
When playing in September are 9-1
When playing on grass are 8-2
After outgaining opponent are 7-3
When playing within the conference are 8-2

North Carolina State Wolfpack Trends:
When playing in September are 7-3
When playing on grass are 6-4
After outgaining opponent are 7-3
When playing within the conference are 6-4

A few Tigers at Wolfpack trends to consider:
Clemson is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games
Clemson is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing North Carolina State
Clemson is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Clemson's last 16 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of North Carolina State's last 5 games at home
North Carolina State is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of North Carolina State's last 7 games
North Carolina State is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games

Next up:
Clemson home to Wake Forest, Saturday, September 28
North Carolina State home to Central Michigan, Saturday, September 28