The No. 5 Clemson Tigers are 32.5-point road favorites over the North Carolina State Wolfpack, according to offshore betting sites, for their November 9 NCAA football game at 7:30 pm ET at Carter–Finley Stadium in Raleigh, NC.
Clemson Tigers vs. NC State Odds by Intertops Sportsbook
|Clemson||-32½ (-110)||53½ (-110)||-11000|
|NC State||+32½ (-110)||53½ (-110)||+4500|
Betting Clemson Tigers
The Tigers destroyed Wofford 59-14 last Saturday, their ninth straight win this season. Which means Clem is undefeated. However, per the best online sportsbooks, Clemson was 48.5-point home faves. And that means they failed to cover the spread, snapping a three-game ATS winning streak. Starting QB Trevor Lawrence went 12 of 16 for 218 yards with three TDs. Wide receiver Tee Higgins had 74 yards and one TD on five receptions. However, it was running back Travis Etienne’s day, with 212 yards and two TDs on nine carries. He is mostly the reason that the Tigers rank 6th in rushing yards per game with 272.4. All told, Clemson gained a staggering 702 total yards – 419 rushing – to Wofford’s 256. The Tigers have the fourth-best defense in the country, allowing 247.2 total yards per game.
According to offshore betting sites, Clem is 8-1 ATS in their last nine road games. And 14-3 ATS in their last 17 conference games. The under is 5-1 in Clemson’s last six road games.
Terence Moore believes “the College Football Playoff (CFP) selection committee lost their minds Tuesday by naming somebody other than Clemson No. 1 in their first 2019 rankings.” After all, “the Tigers have a 24-game winning streak. They own two national titles in the past three years while serving as defending champs. They’re led by future College Football Hall Fame coach Dabo Swinney with a record $92 million contract. They have an offense with Heisman Trophy candidate Trevor Lawrence at quarterback and a defense featuring a lot of everything.”
But head coach Dabo Swinney channels his inner Rock and says “It just doesn’t matter. If we’re 2, 3, 4, 15, it doesn’t matter. It’s not worth the brain cells.”
Betting North Carolina State Wolfpack
The Wolfpack were tamed by Wake Forest 10-44 last weekend as eight-point road dogs last weekend. Per offshore betting sites, NCSU is 1-5 against the spread in their last six games, including the last two straight. Starting QB Devin Leary went 17 of 45 for 149 yards with one TD and two picks. Wide receivers Cary Angeline and Devin Carter combined for 90 yards and one TD on seven catches. Running backs Jordan Houston and Trent Pennix combined for 92 yards on 16 carries. NC States’ total offense ranks 77th with 393.8 yards gained per game. In addition to gaining just 265 total yards, the Wolfpack lost 87 yards on 10 penalties. The silver lining is that NCSU’s 27th-ranked rushing defense held Wake Forest’s No. 44 rushing offense to 123 yards. So that’s something, I guess.
NC State is 1-6 ATS in their last seven games overall. And 1-5 ATS when playing a team with a winning record this season. The under is 4-0 in NC State’s last four home games.
“Clemson probably wasn’t going to take it easy on N.C. State before the College Football Playoff rankings came out. But with the Tigers at No. 5, and seemingly in need of impressing the selection committee, N.C. State could be in a for fever-pitched effort from the Tigers. The Wolfpack has struggled in the previous two ACC games with a 45-24 loss to Boston College on Oct. 18 and a 44-10 loss at Wake Forest on Nov. 2,” reports The News & Observer.
Clemson Tigers vs. North Carolina State Wolfpack Game Pick
Etienne picks apart NC State’s rushing defense. Take Clem and the points.