Wake Forest vs Clemson NCAA Football Picks 11/16/2019
Saturday, November 16, 2019
Clemson Memorial Stadium
Clemson Memorial Stadium is the venue where Trevor Lawrence and the Clemson Tigers will take on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons on Saturday. The spread on this contest has Clemson as 31-point favorites. The Demon Deacons are 4-4-1 ATS and 3-6-0 when betting on the total. The Tigers are 5-5-0 when wagering on the over/under and 7-3-0 against the spread.
The last time they took the field, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons played the Virginia Tech Hokies and lost 36-17. Cade Carney led the team on the ground for that game. He tore off a long run of 15 yards but wasn't able to convert a rushing touchdown. He scurried for 46 yards on 10 carries which means he ran for an average of 4.6 yards per carry. Kendall Hinton led the team in receiving yardage with a total of 162 yards on 8 receptions. He had an average of 20.3 yards per reception for that game. Leading the way at QB for the Demon Deacons was Jamie Newman who went 16/35 with 238 yards passing and completed 2 touchdowns. He threw 2 interceptions on the day. The Demon Deacons ran the ball a total of 29 times and earned 63 yards which earned them an average of 2.2 yards per rush. On the day, they finished with a total of 65 plays for 301 yards. On the day, the Demon Deacons totaled 16 first downs and they had 6 penalties for 30 yards which tells us their heads weren't always in the game. On the defensive side of the ball, Wake Forest allowed 15 catches on 23 tries for a total of 242 yards, and a completion percentage of 65.2%. Overall, they gave up a total of 470 yards and forced 2 turnovers. Against the run, the Demon Deacons allowed 228 yards on 48 attempts which is an average of 4.8 yards per carry allowed.
The Demon Deacons step onto the field holding a record of 7-2 for 2019. They are one of the most potent offenses in the country with an average of 35.7 points per game, putting them 25th in the country. As a team, they are averaging 173.2 rushing yards per contest which is 4th in the ACC. For total yards, they are currently ranked 3rd in the ACC and 19th in the country with 4,386 yards. The Demon Deacons have one of the average defenses in college football, allowing 25.9 points per contest ranking them 5th in the Atlantic Coast Conference. When it comes to yards through the air, the Demon Deacons have conceded 2,827 yards. Teams are completing 60.5% of the throws they are attempting against them and averaging 7.3 yards per try. When talking about yards on the ground, Wake Forest is giving up 164 yards per contest putting them 9th in the ACC and 72nd in the country. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 4.2 yards per carry which has them at 8th in the conference and 63rd in college football overall. Overall, they have allowed 1,476 rushing yards through 9 contests.
In their last game, the Clemson Tigers played the NC State Wolfpack and won by a score of 55-10. Travis Etienne led the team in rushing for the game. He had a long run of 26 yards and he tallied 2 touchdowns for the contest. He scurried for 112 yards by way of 14 carries which meant he averaged 8.0 yards per run. Justyn Ross was the receiving yardage leader by earning 75 yards on 4 catches. He earned an average of 18.8 yards per reception for the game. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Tigers was Trevor Lawrence who went 20/27 with 276 yards through the air and threw 3 touchdowns. He walked away from this game with no interceptions. The Tigers ended up running the ball 41 times and earned 246 yards giving them an average of 6.0 yards per rush. On the day, the Tigers had a total of 27 1st downs and they had a total of 10 infractions for 72 yards telling us that this team had an undisciplined week of practice. In the game, they ran 77 plays for 549 yards. When it comes to their defensive performance, Clemson allowed 14 catches on 29 attempts for a total of 166 yards, and a completion percentage of 48.3%. For this contest, they allowed 290 yards and earned 4 takeaways. Against the run, the Tigers allowed 124 yards on 31 attempts which gave them an average of 4.0 yards per run allowed.
The Tigers head into this game 10-0. In discussing the offensive production, the Tigers have one of the most prolific offenses in D-1. Clemson has made teams game plan around their running game by averaging 269.8 rushing yards per game, which has them at 8th in D-1. As a team, they have a total of 2,698 rushing yards through 10 contests, and if they want to continue their dominance, they'll want to keep running the ball. The Tigers average 545.8 yards per contest overall putting them 2nd in Division 1 and 1st in the conference. The Tigers are conceding 11.5 points per contest which puts them at 1st in the Atlantic Coast Conference and 3rd in the nation. Their passing defense is one of the best units in D-1. They are giving up 137.2 passing yards per contest. For passing yards allowed per game, the Tigers are ranked 1st in the ACC. When it comes to points allowed, they have given up 115 total points. In terms of yards on the ground, they are giving up 114.3 yards per contest ranking them 24th in the nation and 3rd in the conference. This season, they have conceded 1,143 rushing yards and 7 rushing TDs.
Who will win tonight's Demon Deacons/Tigers college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Demon Deacons +31
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