NCAA Football Saturday Odds, Picks: (4) Clemson Tigers at N.C. State Wolfpack

Clemson at NC State

Time: 6:30 PM CST

Spread: CLEM -32.5

Total: 54

Odds c/o 5dimes

The undefeated Clemson Tigers improved to 9-0 last week with a 59-14 stomping of Wofford. It returns to ACC play this week as it visits NC State as heavy 32.5-point favorites. The game will kick off at 6:30 PM (CST) Saturday on ABC, and the over/under is set at 54 total points according to college football oddsmakers at bookmaker 5dimes.

CLEM

Clemson has been downright dominant this season and at this point is a highly probable pick to make it in the four-team BCS playoffs. The Tigers have earned it with an offense that generates 44.2 points per game while its defense does its job, too, holding opponents to just 11.7 per. The Tigers have a 6th-ranked rush offense that amasses 272.4 yards per game, while it still possesses a 33rd ranked pass offense that accumulates 273.0 yards per contest.

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence has been great this season. He has 2,207 yards with a 66.2 percent passing ratio while having passed for 20 touchdowns, and eight interceptions. He has been sacked a mere five times all year for only 40 yards loss, and his passer rating is 164.1. He has spread the wealth out with his receivers. Clemson has seven players topping 100 yards on the season, led by Tee Higgins. Higgins has 32 catches (no. 2) for 662 yards and four touchdowns (Tied-2nd).

Clemson running back Travis Etienne has been a multidimensional beast this season in his own right. Etienne has 1,102 rushing yards while amazingly nearly averaging a first down (9.0 yards-per-carry). He has 11 touchdowns this season and the Tigers have tallied 27 as a team. No. 2 back Lyn-J Dixon has rushed 67 times for 427 yards, 6.4 yards-per-carry, and four touchdowns. Etienne also functions well as a receiver, ranking No. 5 on the team in yardage (184) on his 19 catches. He also has one receiving touchdown this season.

NC ST

The NC State Wolfpack is 4-4 this season, but it is just 1-3 in ACC play this season. It is coming off consecutive losses to Boston College and last week No. 23 Wake Forest. The Wolfpack have lost four of its last six overall.

NC State has been a fair offensive team, and a fair defensive team, at the cost of being redundant. It averages 24.9 points per game while giving up 25.1 per. The pass offense ranks No. 54 with 244.5 yards per game, but the Wolfpack is not a good rushing team, ranking just No. 84 at 149.3 per game.

The Wolfpack has experimented with three different quarterbacks this season, but none have had outstanding success. Collectively, the trio has thrown for nearly 2,000 yards, but they average just 53.2 percent completions and have thrown six picks while having suffered 13 sacks collectively. The receiving core has helped to bail them out, with three talented wideouts and tight end Cary Angeline all doing a tremendous job with the oscillating door at QB.

Emeka Emezie is No. 1 in catches (39), yardage (410), but he has just one touchdown. Angeline has four of the team’s 10 receiving touchdowns, while NC State has scored its other 11 TDs via the rush.

Kicker Christopher Dunn has been great: He is 22 of 22 on PATs and 15 of 18 on field goals, with two of his three misses coming from beyond midfield.

ATS TRENDS (C/o Covers):

Clemson
  • Tigers are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 road games.
  • Tigers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss.
  • Tigers are 14-3 ATS in their last 17 conference games.
  • Tigers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games after accumulating more than 280 yards passing in their previous game.
  • Tigers are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games after scoring more than 40 points in their previous game.
  • Tigers are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games overall.
  • Tigers are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points.
  • Tigers are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight up win.
  • Tigers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games after allowing less than 275 total yards in their previous game.
  • Tigers are 12-5 ATS in their last 17 games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous game.
  • Tigers are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games after accumulating more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game.
NC State
  • Wolfpack are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games after accumulating less than 170 yards passing in their previous game.
  • Wolfpack are 25-10 ATS in their last 35 games after accumulating less than 275 total yards in their previous game.
  • Wolfpack are 21-10-1 ATS in their last 32 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
  • Wolfpack are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games in November.
  • Wolfpack are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss.
  • Wolfpack are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 conference games.
  • Wolfpack are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss of more than 20 points.
  • Wolfpack are 1-5 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
  • Wolfpack are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
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