College Football Picks Against The Spread - North Carolina St vs. Clemson

Swinging Johnson

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 6:23 PM UTC

Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016 6:23 PM UTC

ACC rivals clash when the NC State Wolfpack travels to meet the No. 3 ranked Tigers of Clemson. Let’s see what the college football odds makers are dealing on this one and cash a ticket.


NC State (4-1 SU, 4-1 ATS) vs. Clemson (6-0 SU, 4-2 ATS)

The Wolfpack won a defensive battle against Notre Dame last week under hurricane force winds and torrential rain. When the dust settled it was a blocked punt by Dexter Wright returned for a touchdown in the fourth quarter that turned the tide in favor of NC State and made winners out of all who backed the Wolfpack in their college football picks as 2 ½ point home chalk in the 10-3 victory

NC State’s opponent on Saturday, the Clemson Tigers, saw junior quarterback sensation Deshaun Watson strike for four touchdowns and 266 yards passing in a 56-10 thrashing of Boston College last week. In addition, running back Wayne Gallman piled up 109 yards on the ground in nine carries including a 59-yard bolt of lightning into the BC end zone.

Many pundits viewed this as a proverbial trap game for the Tigers after scoring a huge 42-36 victory over previously undefeated Louisville the week before. The college football odds makers installed visiting Clemson as 18-point favorites over the Eagles and they made it look effortless with another stellar effort by Watson and a lockdown defense that smothered the overmatched squad from Boston College.

Saturday at high noon these two teams will battle and the money is moving on the home favorite as the line opened at Clemson -16 ½ and has been pushed to 17 ½ as of this Tuesday morning writing. Clemson is deserving of such a line move and though I would much rather be laying under two TD’s and a field goal, as those numbers can be crucial, I cannot ignore an offense with a Heisman Trophy candidate in Deshaun Watson who is making all the right moves and putting up eye-popping stats.

NC State could be a viable road dog as their 15th ranked defense, allowing just 17.6 points per game, attests. However, the Wolfpack has not seen an offense that approaches the caliber of the Tigers. Anyone who would point to last week’s weeks 10-3 victory over high-powered Notre Dame is fooling themselves as that game was played in a muddy pool of water with winds that prohibited any semblance of an air attack. This week they must face Clemson at home and we will see the difference between a contender and a pretender.

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Swinger’s 2016 College Football Record: 5-6 ATS


Free College Football Pick: Clemson -17 ½ Best Line Offered: at Intertops

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