Clemson vs NC State: Live Stream, TV Channel, Watch Online, Prediction, Picks, Spread, Football Game Odds

One of the top games on a sneaky good week 5 college football schedule brings us an ACC Atlantic showdown as No. 10 NC State takes on No. 5 Clemson on Saturday in a game that not only carries conference title implications, but could to affect the College Football Playoff race as well. The Tigers topped Wake Forest 51-45 in a double-overtime thriller in Week 4, while the Wolfpack are coming off an emphatic 41-10 home win over UConn.

Both teams are 4-0 on the year, but this will be the first conference game for the Wolfpack, while the Tigers are already 2-0 in ACC play. The winner of this game will establish itself as the favorite in the division, while the loser will have an uphill battle for the rest of the season.

Here’s a preview of the game with picks straight up and against the spread.

Clemson vs. NC State: I need to know

Is this the real DJU?: Clemson quarterback DJ Uiagalelei lit up the stat line last week with 371 yards and five touchdowns passing, giving fans hope that he is finally rounding into the form he showed in 2020 when he stepped in for the injured Trevor Lawrence . Was this performance a sign of things to come, or was it simply a product of the Demon Deacons’ porous pass defense? That’s the million dollar question, and this game will go a long way toward determining the answer.

The Wolfpack defense is giving up just 179.8 passing yards per game and is sixth nationally in opponent passer rating (94.72) while committing an ACC-best seven passes. This game will be the referendum on “DJU.” If he fails, it might be time for Cade Klubnik.

Leary’s big spotlight: North Carolina quarterback Devin Leary has gone under the radar in national discussions, but that will change if he shines a light on a Clemson defense that, despite struggling against Wake Forest, still brings the heat with the best of the best in college football. Surprisingly, Leary isn’t one of the top quarterbacks in the ACC statistically, averaging just 222.5 yards per play and 7.1 yards per attempt. It’s a bit deceiving though with only 13 passes thrown in the fourth quarter. He might have to air it a bit more if this is going to turn into a four-quarter battle.

Big game in the trenches: Clemson’s defensive front — led by stars Bryan Bresee, KJ Henry and Tyler Davis — is one of the most talented in the game and will go up against a solid Wolfpack offensive line. The Wolfpack give up 4.75 tackles for loss per game (fourth in the ACC) and 1.25 sacks per game (second in the ACC). Veteran Wolfpack center Grant Gibson was named ACC Co-Offensive Lineman of the Week after recording 61 snaps and three pancake blocks against UConn, but he and his teammates will face their toughest test yet on Saturday.

How to watch Clemson vs NC State live

Date: Saturday, October 1 | time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Location: Memorial Stadium – Clemson, South Carolina
television: ABC | Live Stream: fuboTV (Try Free)

Clemson vs NC State prediction, picks

Featured game | Clemson Tigers vs. NC State Wolfpack

I’ll take Clemson outright, but give me points for grabbing NC State on the road. Clemson will win the battle at the line of scrimmage and force a few mistakes from Leary that will keep this from turning into a shootout. Tigers running back Will Shipley will take over late and prevent Uiagalelei from having to make the difference for the second week in a row. It will come down to the last final or two and the Tigers will continue to keep their CFP chances alive. Prediction: NC State (+6.5)

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