NC State Wolfpack vs. Clemson Tigers Preview, Prediction, and Free Pick 10-20-2018

NC State Wolfpack vs. Clemson Tigers Preview, Prediction, and Free Pick 10-20-2018

NC State Wolfpack (5-0) vs Clemson Tigers (6-0)

Date : 10/20/2018
Time : 3:30 pm EST
Location : Clemson Memorial Stadium, Clemson, South Carolina

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

NC State Wolfpack vs Clemson Tigers

The 15th ranked NC State Wolfpack will take on the 3rd ranked Clemson Tigers at Clemson Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina, on Saturday at 3:30 pm EST.  In their last outing, the Wolfpack were 28-23 home winners over the Boston College Eagles on October 6th as BC rallied in the second half after being down by a 21-3 score at the half to outscore NC State 20-7, yet would fall short of the victory due to 308 yards passing by Ryan Finley as he also had two touchdown passes.  The Tigers won easily in their last time out versus Wake Forest on October 6th by a 63-3 score as they came two yards shy of 700 total yards of offense.  These two teams last met on November 4, 2017 as the Tigers picked up the 38-31 road win, yet the Wolfpack covered as 10-point underdogs while they are 5-1 ATs in the last six meetings at Clemson memorial.  Finally, the under is 5-1 in the last six games in South Coralina.


NC State Wolfpack's Latest Performance :


NC State’s contest versus the Boston College Eagles was much more competitive as the Eagles, after being down 18 at the half, rallied late in the second half due to a rushing along with receiving touchdown from Ben Glines along with a blocked punt return by Travis Levy.  Nonetheless, Ryan Finley gave the home team a cushion late in the third quarter as he connected with Kelvin Harmon to put the Wolfpack up 28-3 just before the Eagles awoke out of their slumber.  Finley ended the game with 308 yards, 2 TD’s, along with two picks, however, the rushing attack racked up 225 yards with Reggie Gallaspy Jr. leading the way with 104 yards and two rushing scores for the Wolfpack.  Solid defense paved the way for NC State in the victory as they allowed one third down conversion for the game while allowing the Eagles to possess the ball for only 18 minutes.

Clemson Tigers 's Latest Performance :

The Tigers averaged 11.8 yards per rush along with racking up 227 yards in the air on the Demon Deacons of Wake Forest in their last time out while cruising to a huge blowout road victory on October 6thTravis Etienne (10 rushes, 167 yards, three TD’s) and Lyn-J Dixon (10 rushes, 163 yards, two TD’s) led the attack while Adam Choice also had 128 yards and a rushing TD in the game.  Trevor Lawrence threw for 175 yards along with two touchdown passes in the game as the Tigers went up 28-0 at the half while holding the Deacons to only 75 yards passing in addition to holding them to a 24% third down conversion rate for the game (5 for 21).  Clemson’s 28th ranked rush defense would, however, give up 175 yards, 50 yards over their per game average, as Wake Forest averaged 3.4 yards per carry.  Nonetheless, the game was never in doubt for Clemson as they remained unbeaten while winning their third road game of the season.


How NC State Wolfpack & Clemson Tigers Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:


Clemson is 3-2 ATS while the OU is 2-3

NC State is 2-4 ATS while the OU is 3-3

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

This will be one of the most exciting games this weekend as the Tigers will certainly have a test in facing an offensive minded squad in NC State.  Ryan Finley has held his own for the Wolfpack throughout the season and will also receive a challenge in this matchup versus a Clemson defense that will look to maintain its stinginess towards opposing offenses, particularly in their passing attack.  As stated, division implications will result from this contest on Saturday so the focus and intensity will certainly be there throughout the game.

Against The Spread Selection: Pick:  NC State wolfpack +17

My reason for the pick :


Clemson has been awful versus the spread this season is going 2-4.  On the other hand, NC State was well on their way to being 4-1 ATS while being 4-0 in their last four outings until the Eagles rallied in the second half of their latest contest.  With that being said, Finley has led this Wolfpack team well this season and I feel as if he will play solid versus a stout Clemson defensive secondary in an all-important matchup on Saturday.  In all, expect the road team to cover the 17 points as the Tigers, while being one of the most dominant teams in the country, have had spells on offense to where they suffer from inconsistency.



Totals Selection: Pick: Under 55.5

My reason for the prediction :


Despite both teams possessing solid playmakers on the offensive side of the ball along with having solid quarterbacks at the helm, I will back the under in this contest as the Tigers have been tough to beat at home with the under being the call in all three of their contests this year.  And while I can certainly see the Tigers locking down an average rushing attack for NC State in this game, it will be interesting to witness the matchup between Finley and the 6th ranked passing offense for the Wolfpack square off versus the 6th ranked pass defense for Clemson that is allowing 153 yards per game.  In all, this game will be low scoring and competitive as the first and second place squads within the Atlantic division of the ACC will each seek to control the trenches to come up with a hard-fought win.

Betting trends for NC State Wolfpack:

    • Under is 5-0 in Wolfpack last 5 games in October
    • Wolfpack are 18-3 ATS in their last 21 games following a bye week.
    • Under is 5-1 in Wolfpack last 6 games after accumulating more than 450 total yards in their previous game.

Betting trends for Clemson Tigers :

    • Under is 4-0 in Tigers last 4 games following an ATS win.
    • Tigers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games.
    • Under is 6-1-1 in Tigers last 8 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.


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