The #4 overall Clemson Tigers (9-0) travel to Raleigh in Week 11 for an ACC Atlantic showdown against the North Carolina State Wolfpack (4-4). Kickoff is set for 7:30 PM EST on November 9th at Carter-Finley Stadium and the game will be televised nationally on ABC.
Taking a look at the Week 11 college football odds, Clemson opened as a massive 32-point road favorite earlier this week. The spread hasn’t moved at all after early betting, as the Tigers are currently available at -32. The total for the game is sitting at 54 points.
Vegas Betting Preview & Game Odds: NC State vs Clemson
Clemson stayed perfect through their first nine games of the season last weekend, crushing Wofford 59-14 at home to improve to 9-0 overall. The Tigers scored 42 unanswered points in the first half alone and cruised to victory over the final two quarters despite giving up two late touchdowns. QB Trevor Lawrence went 12/16 for 218 passing yards and three touchdowns through the air while also finding the end zone on one of his four carries for 33 rushing yards. RB Travis Etienne was a monster on the ground, rumbling for 212 yards and two touchdowns on just nine carries. Tee Higgins and Amari Rodgers led the way for the receiving corps, combining for 145 yards and two touchdowns. Overall, Clemson generated almost 700 total yards of offense and scored eight touchdowns against a shell-shocked Terriers defense.
The Tigers had a fairly solid outing on the other side of the ball against Wofford, giving up just over 250 total yards of offense and two touchdowns. Clemson did allow a lengthy touchdown through the air, as Terriers WR D’mauriae VanCleave hit pay dirt on a 79-yard strike from QB Joe Newman.
NC State dropped back to .500 on the season overall last weekend after a tough 44-10 road loss to #22 overall Wake Forest. The Wolfpack gave up three touchdowns in the first quarter and never recovered, scoring ten points before the half but getting completely shutout over the final 30 minutes of the game. QB Devin Leary went 17/45 for 149 passing yards and a touchdown but also got picked off twice as well. RB Jordan Houston led the way on the ground, averaging 4.4 yards per carry over a team-high 11 rushing attempts. Cary Angeline was on the receiving end of the only touchdown of the game for the offense, finding the end zone on one of his three catches for 46 yards. As a whole, NC State gained over 250 total yards against a tough Demon Deacons defense.
The Wolfpack really struggled defensively against Wake Forest, surrendering over 400 total yards of offense and five touchdowns. NC State had no answer for Demon Deacons QB Jamie Newman, as he torched the defense for 287 passing yards and three touchdowns through the air while also finding the end zone twice on the ground.
NCAA Football Betting Predictions & Free Pick: Clemson -32
While I will likely avoid this spot altogether if the spread climbs any higher, I don’t mind laying the points and rolling with the Tigers to cover a pretty big number on the road here in Week 11. Clemson has really been firing on all cylinders as of late, racking up 208 total points over their last four games combined – an average of well over 50 points per game. They have also been playing well on the other side of the ball, surrendering just 45 total points over that same time span. NC State has had an up and down year through their first eight games, starting the season off strong before hitting a bit of a slump and losing three out of their last four outings. The Wolfpack haven’t been able to keep pace offensively as of late, scoring 16 points or less three times over the last month of the schedule.
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Clemson has really been performing well against the spread in recent weeks, going 9-3 ATS over their last 12 games. They have also found a way to cover the number in two out of their last three games on the road as well. On the other side, NC State is a brutal 1-5 against the spread over their last six games overall. I also don’t mind the OVER on 54 total points scored due to the fact that the Tigers could easily put up 45+ on their own on Saturday evening. Still, I’ll take my chances with the massive road favorite against the spread instead – give me Clemson to cover!