Clemson at Wake Forest Odds Trends & Pick ATS

September 24, 12:00 PM EDT

Betting Odds

Point Spread: 
Clem -7/WF +7

No. 5 Clemson is shooting for a return to the College Football Playoff. No. 21 Wake Forest is trying to repeat as a division champion. Thus is the situation heading into this ACC Atlantic Division showdown slated for Saturday afternoon in Winston-Salem. How are we playing this game with our free WF/CLEM pick?

Clemson-Wake Forest Betting Odds

This week's college football betting lines opened Clemson as a seven-point road favorite over Wake, with an over/under of right around 56. Early betting action then edged the Tigers to -7.5.

Clemson-Wake Forest College Football Betting Preview

The Tigers are 3-0 on the season after beating Louisiana Tech last week 48-20. Clemson, favored by 33 points, scored the first 10 points of the game but only led 13-6 at the half. The Tigers then scored touchdowns on their first three possessions of the second half to go up 34-6 but took their foot off the gas, allowed the Bulldogs to put up a couple of scores, ultimately won the game handily but came up short against that huge spread. Clemson out-gained Louisiana Tech 521-317, and a good chunk of the yardage the Tigers defense gave up came in prevent mode. The Tigers also ran the ball for 280 yards and won the turnover battle 4-1. Clemson opened this season three weeks ago with a 41-10 victory over Georgia Tech, although the Tigers only led that game 14-10 early in the third quarter before pulling away. Clemson then beat FCS Furman 35-12 but came nowhere close to covering as a 45-point favorite. So the Tigers could easily be 0-3 ATS on the season. The Demon Deacons, meanwhile, are also 3-0 SU this season after outlasting Liberty last week 37-36. Wake Forest, favored by 17 points, scored the first 10 points of the game and led 20-8 at the half. The Deacons then fell behind the Flames 23-20 in the third quarter, later took the lead for good at 37-30, then survived a Liberty two-point attempt with a minute to go to win. But Wake came up way short against that spread. The Deacons actually got out-gained by the Flames 428-346, out-rushed 172-21, and lost time of possession by a 35:25 split. But Wake Forest won the turnover battle 4-2, creating a +4 points differential, and benefited from a couple of key Liberty defensive penalties during a fourth-quarter scoring drive. A couple of plays here and there, and the Deacons could have easily lost that game. Wake Forest opened this season with a 44-10 victory over VMI but needed to score the last 14 points of the game to cover at -33. The Deacons then won at Vanderbilt 45-25, covering at -13.

Clemson-Wake Forest Recent History

The Tigers own a 13-game winning streak on the Deacons, going 7-6 ATS along the way. But Clemson is only 3-5 ATS over the last eight meetings, favored by too much too often. Last year the Tigers, at that point out of the running for the CFP, beat Wake Forest 48-27, covering at -3.5.

College Football Betting Trends

In games matching two ranked teams this season, the higher-ranked outfits are just 3-5 SU, 2-6 ATS. Top 10 teams on the road this season are 4-3, both SU and ATS.

Totals Report

The Unders are 2-1 in Clemson games this season which are averaging 55 total points. The Overs are 2-1 in Wake Forest games, which are averaging 66 points.

Clemson at Wake Forest Prediction ATS 9/24/22

The Tigers have won the last 13 meetings with the Demon Deacons by an average score of 41-13. Last year, with its worst team in over a decade, Clemson beat Wake by 21 points. And the Tigers are a better team now than they were that day. Plus, playing on the road means the spread is a bit more amenable. We're giving the points here with Clemson.
Free Pick: 
Take Clemson -7