[7:08 PM] #4 Clemson @ Wake Forest

What will be the GAME RESULT?

#4 Clemson: Wins By 20+ Points

Any Other Result


The line for this game is Clemson by 24 points.

Despite last week’s slip-up, Clemson remains in position for a return to the College Football Playoff — but the Tigers have no more margin for error. The Tigers, ranked fifth in the coaches’ poll and fourth by the College Football Playoff committee, look to clinch the ACC Atlantic Division crown and keep themselves in the playoff picture when they travel to Wake Forest on Saturday.

The Tigers have dodged bullets all season but couldn’t avoid the upset last week despite an ACC-record 580 passing yards and three touchdowns from Deshaun Watson. The offense faltered in the fourth quarter, though, as Watson threw an interception that set up a touchdown to pull the Panthers within 42-40 and star running back Wayne Gallman was unable to convert on fourth down to seal the win. The Tigers’ defense has been dominant at times but gave up 464 total yards last week, including a season-high 308 passing yards.

The Demon Deacons lean on a strong defense and lead the ACC and rank ninth nationally with a plus-nine turnover margin. They limited Louisville star quarterback Lamar Jackson to 298 total yards — 139 below his season average entering the game — and will need a similar performance to slow down Watson. The offense has not come along as quickly as the defense, as quarterback John Wolford has more interceptions (seven) than touchdowns (five) and the ground game has been inconsistent.

Clemson has won seven straight against Wake Forest, outscoring the Demon Deacons 264-94 over that span.

Wake Forest has only one previous win over a top-five team, a 19-6 win over No. 4 Tennessee in 1946.

Clemson WR Artavis Scott has caught a pass in 33 straight games and has at least three receptions in his last 18 contests.


StreakSmarts Pick: Any Other Result

Confidence: 4/10

StreakSmarter Pick