Clemson vs. NC State fearless prediction and game preview.
Clemson vs. NC State Broadcast
Date: Saturday, November 9
Game Time: 7:30 ET
Venue: Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, NC
Clemson (9-0) vs. NC State (4-4) Game Preview
Why Clemson Will Win
Didn’t you used to be NC State?
This has grown into a rock-solid program under Dave Doeren, but this year there’s no passing game, the defense isn’t taking the ball away – State is last in the nation with just five takeaways – and it’s allowing 44 points or more in three of the last six games. That’s a problem because …
Clemson has gone Clemson again.
There was the North Carolina blip, it beat Texas A&M by 14 and it has annihilated everyone else by 31 points or more with 45 points or more in six of its last seven games.
Remember when Trevor Lawrence was supposedly bad and going rogue after throwing two picks against Louisville? Yeah … 28-of-35 for 493 and six touchdowns with no picks in the last two games.
Remember that Travis Etienne guy, who has fallen off the national radar in the Heisman race? He’s averaging nine yards per carry on the year with over 600 yards and six touchdowns in the last four games.
NC State gave up 429 rushing yards to Boston College a few weeks ago, and it has allowed 300 yards or more through the air in five of the last six games.
The Clemson offense will be okay.
Why NC State Will Win
Can NC State channel its former self against Clemson?
Few teams have given the Tigers as many problems as the Pack has over the years, at least before last year’s 41-7 blowout.
State gave the 2017 Tigers a push in a 38-31 loss, was nasty and should’ve won in the 24-17 loss in 2016, got into a 56-41 shootout in 2015, and …
Okay, so the last win for State in the series was in 2011, and this year’s team hasn’t shown even the slightest inkling of offense to be able to keep up the pace, but the pass rush continues to be outstanding, getting behind the line against the run hasn’t been a problem, and the run defense has been strong enough to potentially keep Etienne from going for a nice evening jog over and over again.
Offensively, for all of the overall issues, there has been just enough production in the passing game to make Clemson try on the road. There’s nothing to lose here – this is the game for Devin Leary to go off.
The freshman has a few weeks to get his feet wet, and he’s had his moments, but …
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What’s Going To Happen
NC State won’t be able to keep up.
It’ll be energized, and it’ll get out of the first quarter still in the game, and then the Tigers will have had enough and rip off an impressive array of scores in a variety of ways.
This will get ugly by the fourth quarter, and then Clemson will be on to the Atlantic showdown against Wake Forest.
Clemson vs. NC State Prediction, Line
Clemson 52, NC State 14
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