Free Week 8 Prediction: Wolfpack vs Tigers Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 8
(5-0) NC State Wolfpack vs. Clemson Tigers (6-0)
Date: Saturday, October 20th 2018
Time: 3:30 pm EST
Venue: Memorial Stadium, Clemson, South Carolina
NCAA Football Spread: Clemson Tigers -17.5
NCAA Betting Total: 56
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In perhaps the biggest game of the year in the ACC, the 4th ranked Clemson Tigers host the 15th ranked NC State Wolfpack. This game could basically decide the Atlantic division.
NC State was so close to upsetting Clemson last season, but ended up losing 31-38. The Wolfpack have not beaten Clemson since 2011 and will look to end that streak with a huge win.
NC State Wolfpack
The Wolfpack have started the season 5-0 and 2-0 in the ACC. They barely beat Boston College last week, so they will really need to ramp up their play to have a chance to knock off the Tigers.
Offensively the Wolfpack are known for their passing attack. They are ranked 6th in the country with 335.4 passing yards per game. Quarterback, Ryan Finley has thrown for 1621 yards this season with 10 touchdowns. Finley has only thrown 3 interceptions, which will be a huge key in this game. If Finley can avoid turning the ball over, the Wolfpack will have a real shot to upset Clemson.
Defensively the Wolfpack do a great job of stopping the run. This is another key because Clemson has a top 5 rushing attack, so if they can force the freshman quarterback to make a few mistakes it will allow their defense to get the rest they need on the sideline
Clemson has had two close calls this year, most recently with Syracuse. In a game they probably should have lost, they still managed to pull out the win with their 3rd string now 2nd string quarterback. This game will have huge College Football Playoff implications and if the Tigers go down they may as well be looking in from the outside.
Trevor Lawrence has emerged as the new Clemson play-caller after Kelly Bryant announced he was leaving the team. The Tigers are a top 5 rushing team, and that will be their key offensively so Lawrence does not have all the pressure of a vital game on his shoulders.
Once again defense is a vital part of why the Tigers are still undefeated. They allow an average of 14.5 points, which ranks 6th in the NCAA. This game will likely come down to a defensive stand and it is hard to bet against Clemson, who has been so good defensively for many years now.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Under is 7-1 in NCST last 8 games as an underdog.
- Under is 14-3 in NCST last 17 conference games.
- Under is 8-2 in NCST last 10 games on grass.
- Under is 25-10-1 in CLEM last 36 home games.
- Under is 10-4-1 in CLEM last 15 games on grass.
- Under is 7-3-1 in CLEM last 11 conference games.
- NCST are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 meetings.
- Underdog is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 meetings.
Free Week 8 NCAA Football Pick
Clemson has another game where they struggle, but the home crowd becomes a late game factor and the Tigers continue rolling.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: NC State Wolfpack +17.5
NC State has a very good defense against the run and they are able to cover.
Week 8 Free Score Prediction: NC State 21 – Clemson 27
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