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Demon Deacons Aim for Rare Victory Over Rival Clemson


The Wake Forest Demon Deacons look to bounce back from their first outright loss of the season when they battle the undefeated Clemson Tigers on Saturday in a clash of ACC rivals at Memorial Stadium-Clemson. The Demon Deacons’ 26-19 loss to Florida State as 7-point home underdogs ended a five-game SU win streak while Clemson aims to extend its current SU surge to 11 games.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone OVER in three of Wake Forest’s last four games against Clemson.
  • Clemson is 14-0 SU in its last 14 games in October.
  • The total has gone UNDER in nine of Clemson’s last 12 games at home against teams with winning records.

Wake Forest’s 4-1 start has been fueled by a stingy defense, which has surrendered just 14.4 points per game, fueling a 3-1 overall run for the UNDER in totals betting. The UNDER has also prevailed in each of the squad’s past four. The Demon Deacons have regularly covered on the road, going 8-3 ATS over their past 11, while winning outright as road underdogs three times during that stretch.

The Tigers return home after rolling over Virginia Tech 31-17 as 7-point road chalk to extend their SU win streak on the road to 12 games. Clemson has been equally dominant at home, allowing a minuscule 4.6 ppg over its past five at Memorial Stadium, but remains an uneven 6-7 ATS in its past 13 home contests.

Clemson’s domination of the Demon Deacons dates back 70 years, with the Tigers racking up a 56-10-1 record since 1948. More recently, the Tigers have won eight straight meetings, including seven wins by double-digit margins, but have failed to cover in their past three.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The home Clemson Tigers were 23-point favorites in this NCAA football battle at Bovada earlier (watch for line movement). No OVER/UNDER line was available early in the week, but was set to be posted shortly.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pointed to a potential 43-20 result in favor of the Tigers early in the week. That outcome may change during the week, if injuries alter the models, so check the college football picks page before game time. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs Clemson Tigers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Clemson Tigers are 5-0 so far on the season, and 4-1 vs the point spread. The Wake Forest Demon Deacons, meanwhile, are 4-1 and 3-1-1 ATS. Those OVER/UNDER betting have seen Clemson go 2-3 and Wake Forest go 2-3 on the totals. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Clemson vs Wake Forest injuries news.

According to the Power Rankings here at OddsShark it's the No. 2-rated Clemson Tigers and the No. 63-rated Wake Forest Demon Deacons in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Clemson's No. 34-ranked offense, averaging 36.4 PPG, against a Wake Forest defense that ranks No. 13 this week at 14.4 PPG. The Clemson aerial game is averaging 227.8 yards per game, more than the Wake Forest Demon Deacons secondary allows through the air, 184.4 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons own the league's No. 48-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 132 yards per game when on the road. Clemson, on the other hand, rates No. 18 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Greg Dortch was good for 110 receiving yards in the Demon Deacons' most recent action, but while it helped his stats, it didn't help his team to victory and they fell 26-19 to the Demon Deacons.

In their last game, the Tigers were Week 5 winners, coming out on top of the Hokies by a score of 31-17.

Betting Trends
  • Wake Forest is 7-2-1 ATS in its last 10 games
  • Wake Forest is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • Wake Forest is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
  • Wake Forest is 6-17 SU in its last 23 games on the road
  • Clemson is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Clemson is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • Clemson is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
  • Clemson is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Wake Forest at Georgia Tech, Saturday, October 21
Clemson at Syracuse, Friday, October 13