College Football: Clemson heads to Wake Forest in Thursday Night NCAA Action

Clemson at Wake Forest +21.5, Total=44.5

Clemson should get quarterback Deshaun Watson back for the Thursday Night ESPN game, but he likely wouldn’t be needed in any case. Wake Forest, owners of one of the worst offenses in college football, is a huge underdog (according to bitcoin sportsbook Betcoin.ag) at home to the Tigers. Clemson, on the other hand, has allowed just 36 points in the last four games and are second in the nation in total yards allowed on defense. It should be a sleeper of a game.

What do the models say: CPA, Wake Forest +25.3; Massey, Wake Forest +26.5; Keeper, Wake Forest +23.4; Massey Consensus, Wake Forest +27.2; Kerns, Wake Forest +18.8

Clemson is 6-2 straight up and 4-4-0 against the line so far this year. They are averaging 32.2 points per game, and giving up 18.2 points per game on the defensive side of the ball. On offense, Clemson is averaging 142.5 rushing yards per game on 43 attempts, 3.3 yards per carry average. They are throwing the ball 37 times per game for a total of 290 yards, averaging 5 yards per passing attempt. Overall, Clemson has gained 432 total yards per game on an average of 80 plays.

On defense, Clemson is allowing 269 yards per game on 64 plays for a 4 yards per play average. They have given up 15 yards per point so far this year. Clemson’s opponents have run the ball 54% of the time, and are averaging 3 yards per rushing attempt. The team has allowed completions on 51.3% of its opponents’ passing attempts, good for 167 passing yards per game (6 yards per passing attempt).

Wake Forest is averaging 15 points per game so far in 2014, while allowing 25 points a game to its opponents. They have a 4-4-0 record against the spread, with a 2-6 straight up record. Defensively, Wake Forest’s opponents are averaging 178.5 rushing yards per game on 42 attempts, a 4.3 yards per carry average. They are throwing the ball 28 times per game for a total of 180 yards, averaging 5 yards per passing attempt. Overall, Wake Forest’s opponents have gained 358 total yards per game on an average of 70 plays.

On offense, Wake Forest is averaging 214 yards per game on 63 plays, for a 3 yards per play average. They are averaging 15 yards per point so far this year. Wake Forest runs the ball 49% of the time, and are averaging 1.1 yards per rushing attempt. The team has completed 61.2% of its passing attempts, good for 179 passing yards per game (5.6 yards per passing attempt).