The Clemson Tigers have climbed to No. 3 in the AP Top 25, and now get a chance to impress on a national television weeknight stage when they play at North Carolina State on Thursday night.
In the early betting on this ACC opener for both teams, Clemson was favored by 13.5 points, with a total of 66, according to shops monitored by OddsShark.com. But considering that the Tigers ran up 750 yards in beating the Pack last November 62-48, both of those numbers are liable to go up.
The Wolfpack has covered the spread the past three meetings, but has lost eight of nine SU.
And history has not smiled on double-digit home underdogs. Since 2010, home teams getting 10 points or more are 29-263 SU, according to the new college football odds database.
Clemson, ranked No. 8 in the preseason polls, opened with that 38-35 victory over then-No. 5 Georgia at Death Valley, winning outright as 2-point home dogs. The Tigers then dispatched South Carolina State 52-13, but failed to cover as 52-point favorites after taking their foot off the gas in the second half.
So far, Clemson QB Tajh Boyd has done nothing to hurt his Heisman chances, throwing for three touchdowns and running for three more.
As of earlier this week, Boyd was bettable at odds of around 12/1 to win the Heisman Trophy.
NC State is also 2-0 for new head coach Dave Doeren. The Pack handled Louisiana Tech 40-14, covering as two-touchdown favorites, but a week later State had to rally to beat Richmond 23-21, coming nowhere near covering as 23-point chalk.
Colorado State transfer Pete Thomas, in his attempt to replace the departed Mike Glennon at QB for the Wolfpack, has completed 67 percent of his passes through two games, but none for touchdowns as opposed to three interceptions.
In this matchup last year, NC State led 24-13 early in the second quarter, but the Tigers scored the next 42 points to take a 55-24 advantage into garbage time. But State later scored the last 10 points of the game to sneak away with a back-door cover as 15-point underdogs.
Also, that game went OVER its total of 66 on a Boyd touchdown pass four minutes into the third quarter.
NC State upset a Top-5 team at home last year when it scored in the final half-minute to beat then-No. 3 Florida State 17-16. And the last time the Pack played the Tigers in Raleigh (two years ago) they won 37-13.
ESPN has the coverage of the proceedings from Carter-Finley Stadium on Thursday night, starting at 7:30 pm ET.
Computer Prediction: 50-44 Clemson (courtesy of the Odds Shark college football picks computer)
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