On Saturday, September 24, the #5 ranked Clemson Tigers will be traveling to take on the #21 ranked Wake Forest Demon Deacons in a big game to kick off the official conference schedule.
This matchup will be on ABC for college football fans around the country to enjoy two great teams battling it out in the ACC.
Clemson Tigers vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons Last Game Record
The Tigers are coming off of a dominant victory over LA Tech last weekend. They routed them to a final score of 48-20.
Wake Forest is going into this week after a scare when they barely came out with a win over Liberty at home. The final score was 37-36.
Clemson vs. Wake Forest Betting Analysis
To start the 2022 campaign, the Clemson defense has been absolutely suffocating teams. In their last game, LA Tech scored 14 of their 20 points in the final minutes when the game was already out of reach.
This week they will also have a big piece of their defensive front back when DT Bryan Bresee returns to make plays at the line of scrimmage and get after the quarterback.
He tragically lost his sister last week and will be playing with a lot of inspiration from her for the rest of the season.
The Wake Forest offense will be the biggest test they have faced all year, but Clemson has tons of great athletes in their secondary and a pass rush that will be interesting to see how they show up on Saturday to disrupt the Wake Forest passing attack.
Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Quarterback Sam Hartman is fully back after a blood clot scare in the beginning of the season. He is the star that a team like Wake Forest needs to upset a powerhouse like Clemson. A great play from Hartman will most likely be the deciding factor in this one.
The offense is good enough to compete with a tough Clemson defense, but their defense will need to step up and disrupt the attack from the Tigers.
The Clemson offense has been as underwhelming as possible with the dominant wins they have put together.
It should be a very interesting factor to see them have to put together a drive that really matters for the first time this season.
NCAAF Injury Report
- DT Bryan Bresee is back with the team after missing last week due to a family emergency.
Clemson Tigers vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons Betting Preview
When thinking about a Clemson vs Wake Forest betting preview, there are a few things that come to mind.
Clemson vs. Wake Forest at the Oddsmakers
The oddsmakers have Clemson odds at -278 for the moneyline with a -7 spread. This is a rare closer spread for the Wake Forest game today, but they are playing at the Deacon’s home stadium.
The over/under for this one is set at 56. Both teams have the ability to put up major points, and the Wake Forest team might be hoping for a shootout in this one. That is probably their best chance of winning if the Clemson defense doesn’t show up.
Clemson vs. Wake Forest Betting Predictions
College football picks are difficult to make when a good team is facing a really good team at home. But after the Clemson vs Wake Forest betting analysis, it is clear that Clemson is the team that is going to come out with a victory this weekend.
At the start of the game, it will be exciting, and the Wake Forest crowd will be loud and proud, but after Clemson’s defense settles in and starts getting to the quarterback, it will be clear who the ACC powerhouse is this season.
Who to Bet On?
Look for Clemson to cover the spread and to pull away in the third quarter after halftime with some adjustments to move the ball down the field and to take away the passing attack of the Demon Deacons.
Wake Forest won’t be able to run the ball and will rely too heavily on Sam Hartman to carry them against a defense full of great athletes.
Clemson vs Wake Forest betting picks will always lean towards Clemson until a big cultural shift happens for the Wake Forest side. The program is going in the right direction, though.
NCAAF Pick: Clemson -7.5 (+100)