Check out the Clemson vs. NC State fearless prediction and game preview.
Clemson (6-0) vs. NC State (4-1) Game Preview
Date: Saturday, Oct. 15
Game Time: 12:00 pm
Venue: Memorial Stadium, Clemson, SC
Why NC State Will Win
The Wolfpack got a big, literally splashy win over Notre Dame last week, but now it’s time to go big game hunting.
No one’s thinking about them as an ACC title contender, but they could be the big story in college football over the next two weeks if they’re somehow able to beat Clemson and Louisville on the road.
This is a sharp, balanced, tough team that’s been terrific defensively so far and air-tight at times offensively.
QB Ryan Finley has yet to throw a pick, while RB Matthew Dayes is starting to get national attention after coming up with 126 yards in the slop against Notre Dame – his fourth 100-yard day in five games.
Can the offensive balance do enough to get control early against a strong Clemson defense that’s been a killer against good passing teams? Can the Wolfpack defense that’s allowed 405 yards on the ground so far keep Deshaun Watson in check? Even in the loss to East Carolina, the Pack came up with 13 tackles for loss and proved it could make plays behind the line all year long. It’s going to turn loose the dangerous linemen to get after the Tiger backfield.
Why Clemson Will Win
The NC State defense hasn’t faced any real offensive juggernauts. East Carolina’s offense is okay, and Notre Dame’s O didn’t have a chance to unleash what it could do in the rain last week. Meanwhile, Clemson’s attack has stepped it up.
It was good to start the year, but it rolled on nasty Louisville and Boston College defenses with a dangerous balance that neither defense could handle. Even with WR Mike Williams struggling with a hamstring injury, the Tiger offense should give NC State it’s hardest game of the year – by far.
Deshaun Watson struggled over the first few games with his accuracy, but his tune-up game against South Carolina State seemed to provide the spark. Even with three picks thrown against Louisville, he’s been terrific without having to use his rushing ability.
He didn’t become more of a runner last year until the second half of the season – with five of his 100-yard rushing games coming in the last six games before the national championship – and this year he’s making sure his weapons around him are getting all the work.
And that’s how you beat this NC State defense. Balance out the offense, spread around the wealth, and don’t let the Pack defensive front dictate things behind the line. Clemson has allowed just five sacks all year.
What’s Going To Happen?
America didn’t get to see the real NC State against Notre Dame, but give the Pack credit for making things happen that the Irish couldn’t in the miserable conditions.
This should be a dangerous game for the Tigers, considering State does so many things well, and it’ll take a full sixty minutes to finally put it away. Don’t think that a tight win for Clemson means it’s slipping.
NC State is just that solid.
Clemson vs. NC State Prediction
Final Score: Clemson 34, NC State 17
Line: Clemson -18, o/u: 60
ATS Confidence: 5: Cash machine – 1: British pound investing … 3.5
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