The best US sportsbooks favor Clemson by a touchdown when the NC State Wolfpack and Clemson Tigers play on Saturday in week 5 of college football action from Memorial Stadium. The NC State Wolfpack aim for their first 5-0 start since 2018. The Clemson Tigers hope for their seventh 5-0 start in their last eight seasons. The Clemson Tigers look for payback when they receive the NC State Wolfpack in a battle of unbeaten ACC rivals. The Wolfpack overcame Clemson in OT last season for only their second win in the past 17 meetings.
Clemson has been a double-digit fave in each of the past nine encounters between these ACC rivals. That will likely not be the case for this season’s clash. The best online sportsbooks opened the Tigers as just 6.5-point chalk with the total at a low 46.
NC State Wolfpack vs. Clemson Tigers Odds by MyBookie.ag
|NC State||+6½ (-110)||42½ (-110)||+230|
|Clemson||-6½ (-110)||42½ (-110)||-270|
Betting NC State Wolfpack
The Pack’s offense couldn’t have performed any better in last week’s 41-10 blowout of Connecticut. They scored on their opening play from scrimmage. They collected 31 points on their first five possessions.
QB Devin Leary passed for 320 yards and 4 touchdowns. The Wolfpack did never once punt. Kicker Chris Dunn, the schools’s all-time scoring leader, left the game in the third quarter after he was tackled on a fake field-goal attempt. Head coach Dave Doeren told the media following the game that Dunn should be okay for this week. He noted that he was trying to get backup kicker Collin Smith some in-game experience. Though the Wolfpack have won their past five games by an average of 14.6 points, it will be of interest to see whether they can be equally effective on the road. NC State has gone 4-12 ATS in its past 16 road games.
The defense has what it takes to keep the Clemson offense at bay. They enter this week ranked 9th against the run as well as 13th in total yards allowed. Leary could have another big game against a Clemson secondary that ranks 104th in the nation against the pass.
The Wolfpack have split their past six road games. Devin Leary has completed 64% of his passes for 890 yards, nine touchdowns and two interceptions. Thayer Thomas and Devin Carter have a total of 334 receiving yards and three touchdowns.
Demie Sumo-Karngbaye has six receptions. The NC State Wolfpack are averaging 157.5 rushing yards per game. Sumo-Karngbaye has 252 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. NC allows 11.8 points and 261.5 yards per game. Drake Thomas has 24 tackles, C.J. Clark has two sacks and Tyler Baker-Williams has two interceptions.
Betting Clemson Tigers
The Tigers offense picked up the slack for the team’s stop unit last game. DJ Uiagalelei had perhaps his best performance since he inherited the starting gig from Lawrence last season. He threw for 375 yards and 5 touchdowns in Clemson’s 51-45 double-overtime win at Wake Forest. The Tigers needed each one of those touchdowns after they allowed six scoring passes of their own and surrendered 40-plus points to an ACC for for just the 4th time in 8 years.
Clemson’s defense found a way to get stops when it mattered. They snuffed out a potential Wake Forest drive at the end of regulation. Then they stopped the Deacons again in the second overtime period.
The win was Clemson’s 9th straight overall as well as 38th in its past 40 conference games. Though the Tigers’ last defeat in ACC play was against the Wolfpack, Clemson has owned NC State as of late in Death Valley. They have won eight straight matchups. Don’t have to worry about emotional fatigue from the Tigers after their big win at Wake Forest. Clemson will have payback on its mind for last seaons’s loss to the Wolfpack. Uiagalelei should exude confidence following his breakthrough showing against the Demon Deacons.
NC State Wolfpack vs. Clemson Tigers Pick
The Clemson Tigers will get the benefit of the doubt with home field advantage. In particular because they have yet to lose here since forever. However, the Tigers have not impressed, nearly losing last weekend to Wake Forest. They are ranking 105th in passing defense.
The NC State Wolfpack beat Clemson last season. They have one of the best defenses in the country. We were keen on NC State heading into the season, and we’re not getting off the gravy train after this start. Take the points at the best sportsbooks.