NCAA Football – Week 9
The chase for the ACC title continues on Thursday night with college football betting action at BB&T Field, where the Wake Forest Demon Deacons hope to pull off the shocking upset of the Clemson Tigers.
Clemson is the team with nothing really to gain and everything to lose in this one. The Tigers know that a win over a 4-3 Wake Forest team that was smacked 52-0 by the Florida State Seminoles a month ago won’t do anything for their national ranking, and they aren’t going to sway any voters even if they win 100-0. QB Tajh Boyd will continue to put up his numbers, as will the rest of the Tigers stars offensively, but it probably won’t mean much even in the biggest of wins. However, if this one is lost, Clemson’s season is said and done with. There really is no way that Florida State is going to lose twice more in the ACC, and that would be what is required to get the Tigers into the ACC Championship Game at that point, and any hopes of a BCS at large bid would be out the window as well. Needless to say, WR DeAndre Hopkins and his 52 receptions, 845 yards, and nine touchdowns will be under the gun, as will RB Andre Ellington, who has 696 yards and seven TDs on the ground. WR Sammy Watkins still only has one touchdown on the season, though he has also thrown for a score as well.
Wake Forest, on the other hand, really has everything to gain and very little to lose. The program is hoping for some national exposure with this one, and this can become as much of a recruiting victory as anything else for a school that needs all of the help that it can get. What could be lost is a bowl slot, but this isn’t a game that figures to be a victory anyway. Two more wins, wherever they come from, will be good enough to send the Deacs bowling. Still, without WR Michael Campanaro in the fold, there is a real question as to where the offense is going to be coming from. QB Tanner Price is just barely completing half of his passes, and though the ground game is good, it isn’t really all that dynamic and still ranks just 101st in the country at 120.6 yards per game.
In the end, this feels like a game that Wake Forest covers. The Demon Deacons have gone 6-3-1 ATS over the course of the last 10 meetings in this series, and this is a nice spot for a cover as double digit home underdogs against a team that has to be concerned with bigger games on its schedule. Clemson 31 – Wake Forest 23