Clemson vs Wake Forest: Prediction, Pick, Spread, Football Game Odds, Live Stream, Watch Online, TV Channel

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One of three matchups between teams ranked in the AP Top 25 poll will kick off Saturday’s Week 4 action. Then, No. 5 Clemson travels to No. 21 Wake Forest in a head-to-head battle. ACC Atlantic title.

Wake Forest snapped Clemson’s six-year streak of winning the ACC Atlantic in 2021, though the Demon Deacons’ trip to the ACC Championship Game didn’t come as a result of a dominant win over the Tigers. Clemson has actually won 13 straight in the series, and every game since 2012 has been decided by double digits. But as Clemson picked up two conference losses early last season, Wake Forest moved up the rankings and won the division title with a 7-1 conference record.

Now, Wake Forest will both want to overcome a loss to Clemson while also positioning itself to win the ACC Atlantic again if it pulls off a top-five upset at home on Saturday. Meanwhile, coach Dabo Swinney and the Tigers have their sights set on reclaiming the ACC Atlantic crown here in the final year of the ACC’s divisional playoffs.

Clemson vs. Wake Forest: Need to know

Claw-fense has reached its breakthrough: Before becoming a head coach at the FCS and FPS levels, Dave Clawson rose through the coaching ranks as an offensive coordinator. His interest in the Demon Deacons’ plans of attack is evident any time he hears about the subject. He and offensive coordinator Warren Ruggiero, who moved from Bowling Green to Wake Forest with Clawson, have established an identity based on tempo, options and explosive plays. It took a few years for the program to build its depth and experience, but over the past five years it has been one of the most consistently productive offenses in the ACC. In fact, Wake Forest is the only program in the ACC to average at least 30 points in each of the past five seasons.

Will Shipley offers in Hyperbole: Will Shipley flashed as a freshman at Clemson 2021, but his campaign was interrupted by injury. Now fully healthy, there was plenty of buzz about what his second season in the Clemson backfield had in store. So far it has met those expectations. Shipley has scored two touchdowns in each of the Tigers’ three wins this season, making him one of three players nationally with multiple touchdowns in the first three games of the season. He accomplishes this feat by sharing running back reps with junior Kobe Pace and sophomore Phil Maffa. Shipley has carried the bulk of the workload thus far, but Clemson’s commitment to keeping the running back room fresh means this product comes in relatively limited action.

Longest winning streaks in this series: With Louisiana losing to Rice in Week 3, Clemson now has the nation’s longest hitting streak with nine since the middle of last season. The Tigers’ ability to overcome dozens of key injuries and three early-season losses in 2021 allowed the program to reel off six straight wins and keep its 10-win seasons alive, but it also laid the groundwork for a pivotal 2022 season. . Despite last year’s struggles, expectations for Clemson return to title-contest standards this season. Keeping this streak alive will go hand in hand with meeting that standard with zero in the loss column for the deepest loss of the season.

How to watch Clemson vs Wake Forest live

Date: Saturday, September 24 | Time: 12 pm ET
Place: Truist Field — Winston-Salem, North Carolina
TV: ABC | Live Stream: fuboTV (try it for free)

Clemson vs Wake Forest prediction, picks

Special game | Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs. Clemson Tigers

Wake Forest has either outright wins or at least more competitive results against every ACC team except the Tigers. Throughout the College Football Playoff era, we’ve been dazzled by some of the quarterbacks and wide receivers that have come through Clemson, but the defensive line has been the most consistent unit. That defensive front overwhelmed Wake Forest for years, disrupting all the complex and well-crafted aspects of the offense. I think that trend continues, as does the trend of double-digit wins. Prediction: Clemson -7

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