Clemson vs. Wake Forest Odds: 80% of the Public Is Backing the Demon Deacons to Cover
Can No.13 Wake Forest advance its bid for the conference title game with an upset over Clemson? No.13 Wake Forest travels to Clemson for a pivotal showdown that could decide who represents the Atlantic Division in the conference title game. The premium on the win couldn’t be greater than it is, and especially for the Demon Deacons, who are widely considered to be the top contenders to get the nod. And yet, the visiting Demon Deacons are pegged as the significant road underdogs across multiple sports betting platforms.
Clemson vs. Wake Forest Week 12 College Football Betting Odds, Picks, and Preview
Wake Forest (9-1, 6-0 ACC) vs. Clemson (7-3, 5-2 ACC)
Date: Saturday, November 20, 2021
Start Time: 12:00 PM ET
Location: Memorial Stadium, Clemson, SC
TV Coverage: ESPN
Wake Forest Demon Deacons Betting Preview
The Demon Deacons outlasted the Wolfpack in a nail-biting ACC thriller Saturday, emerging as the 45-42 winners. No.13 Wake Forest closed as the 1-point home chalk across multiple sportsbooks, and in keeping with the odds, the Demon Deacons came through on the point spread by a whisker. Moreover, with the victory in the bag, Wake Forest improved to a 9-1 overall and 6-0 in ACC action to stay in pole position for the title game.
Wake Forest’s high-octane offense proved to be the story of the day again, outmaneuvering NC State’s top-class defense. Wake Forest has scored no fewer than 35 points in every single game this season, and that trend continued in Week 11’s victory. There’s a reason why Wake Forest boasts one of the highest-scoring offenses in the country!
Sam Hartman and company were opportunistic in the passing game, constantly looking and going for the big plays down the field. Hartman wasn’t flawless, but he was good enough. He went 20 of 47 for 290 yards and three touchdowns, albeit he had three interceptions on his account too. Additionally, Hartman rushed for 43 yards on 13 carries for a score. Justice Ellison led the Demon Deacons on the ground with 56 yards on 17 carries and two scores. He also connected with Hartman for a 4-yard touchdown pass.
Clemson Tigers Betting Preview
Clemson pummelled Connecticut 44-7 to clinch their seventh overall win on the season, improving to 7-3 overall. It took a quarter before the Tigers got going, but once they did, they never looked back and romped to victory.
Connecticut entered the game following a three-week hiatus and sporting one of the worst records (then 1-8 overall) in college football. Predictably, books closed the Tigers as the mega 40.5-point favorites, but the Huskies –somehow –managed to snatch the cover with the 37-point margin of defeat.
The Tigers offense wasn’t sharp, but it did enough to get the commanding win. It’s their biggest margin of victory since the 49-3 rout of South Carolina State in Week 2. Clemson quarterback D.J. Uiagaleilei went 21 of 44 for 241 passing yards, a touchdown, and an interception. Uiagaleilei was wearing a knee brace on account of an injury sustained the week prior, and that could have hindered his game. However, he’s also a work in progress since taking over from Trevor Lawrence, who was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars earlier this year. Clemson’s offense is averaging merely 21.1 points per game this season. Uiagaleilei’s stats leave much to be desired as he’s completing less than 60% of his passes, and he has an 8 to 7 touchdown-interception ratio.
Wake Forest vs. Clemson Tigers Odds
|Team||Moneyline||ML Implied Probability||Spread||Total|
|Wake Forest||+170||37%||+3.5 (-105)||O 56 (-110)|
|Clemson||-186||65%||-3.5 (-110)||U 56 (-110)|
Lookahead lines had Clemson as the 5-point home chalk, but following Week 11, the line reopened with Clemson at -4. Since open doors, the line has trimmed down to Clemson -3.5, mainly due to the volume of betting going towards Wake Forest.
The game total opened on 56 points, up from a lookahead line of 54.5 points. Considering Wake Forest’s potent offense, this move makes sense.
Wake Forest vs. Clemson Betting Predictions and Picks
Wake Forest showed fight and spirit in last week’s performance to bounce back from their first loss of the season (to N. Carolina). That’s the kind of character that underscores everything they’ve accomplished to emerge as the only undefeated team in the ACC. Why books aren’t showing the Demon Deacons more respect is a bit of a head-scratcher.
Instead, Clemson, trailing behind Wake Forest with a 5-2 record in the ACC, enters as the significant home chalk in its final ACC contest of the season. Clemson isn’t quite as dominant as it once was, but many believe the Tigers are still a good team and a tough nut to crack at home.
The difference between the lookahead and opening line on Sunday is quite pronounced. Clemson losing a point is a pretty big deal. So, too, is the continued movement on the odds board against Clemson as the betting comes down the wire.
All told, Wake Forest strikes an attractive pose as the road underdogs in this pivotal contest, and if you’re down with the Demon Deacons, grab them now while you still can before all the good value is lost and the line drops further. If the betting trends continue to favor Wake Forest over Clemson, it’s hard to see the 3.5-point spread sticking around for much longer.