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ACC: Clemson vs NC State 10/1/22 College Football Picks, Predictions, Odds

NC State Wolfpack (4-0) vs. Clemson Tigers (4-0)
October 1, 2022 7:30 pm EDT
The Line: Clemson Tigers -6.5 / NC State Wolfpack +6.5; Over/Under: 46
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The Clemson Tigers and NC State Wolfpack clash Saturday in ACC week 5 college football action at Memorial Stadium. The NC State Wolfpack look for their first 5-0 start since the 2018 season. The Clemson Tigers look for their seventh 5-0 start in their last 8 seasons. 

The NC State Wolfpack have split their last 6 road games. Devin Leary is completing 64 percent of his passes for 890 yards, 9 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Thayer Thomas and Devin Carter have combined for 334 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns, while Demie Sumo-Karngbaye has 6 receptions. The NC State Wolfpack ground game is averaging 157.5 yards per contest, and Sumo-Karngbaye leads the way with 252 yards and 3 touchdowns. Defensively, NC State is allowing 11.8 points and 261.5 yards per game. Drake Thomas leads the NC State Wolfpack with 24 tackles, C.J. Clark has 2 sacks and Tyler Baker-Williams has 2 interceptions.

The Clemson Tigers haven’t lost a home game since November 2016. DJ Uiagalelei is completing 64.3 percent of his passes for 1,033 yards, 10 touchdowns and 1 interception. Beaux Collins and Joseph Ngata have combined for 407 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns, while Antonio Williams has 12 receptions. The Clemson Tigers ground game is averaging 183.5 yards per contest, and Will Shipley leads the way with 353 yards and 7 touchdowns. Defensively, Clemson is allowing 21.8 points and 349.8 yards per game. Trenton Simpson leads the Clemson Tigers with 27 tackles, Ruke Orhorhoro has 2 sacks and Andrew Mukuba has 1 interception.

The Wolfpack are 5-14 ATS in their last 19 road games and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 conference games. The Tigers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 home games. The over is 5-2 in Wolfpack last 7 games overall. The over is 3-1-1 in Tigers last 5 home games. The Wolfpack are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings in Clemson.

The Clemson Tigers are going to get the benefit of the doubt at home, especially because they haven’t lost here in a million years. However, Clemson hasn’t been all that impressive, nearly lost last week to Wake Forest and is 105th in passing defense. The NC State Wolfpack have been the more balanced team up to this point, they beat Clemson last year, and they have one of the better defenses in the country. NC State is a physical team that’s 13th in total defense, 9th in run defense and 10th in scoring defense. I was high on NC State entering the year, and I’m not jumping off the bandwagon after this start. This has a chance to be a classic ACC battle that comes down to the wire. Give me the points.

Randy Chambers's Free Pick:
NC State Wolfpack +6.5
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