It's halftime right now in Clemson, SC and the Tigers lead Wake Forest 14-7 in what is essentially an ACC Atlantic division semifinal. Whoever wins today is almost guaranteed a spot in the ACC Championship game in Charlotte.
Wake Forest, a 16-point underdog, is keeping this game close by learning from Clemson's loss to Georgia Tech. Wake is running much more than they usually do and have really dominated the possession game and kept Clemson's offense off the field.
Clemson has continued its woes from the loss two weeks ago as Tajh Boyd is having a mediocre game with a 50 percent completion percentage and a 0-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio. Sammy Watkins has 47 receiving yards and Andre Ellington has only a 2.7 yards per carry, despite his two touchdowns.
So, who is going to take this one? Don't count Wake out. All year they have had mediocre to just plain bad second halves, but this time could be different. The players are holding a Top 10 team to a narrow one touchdown lead and that will be a huge motivating factor for them.
On the other hand, Wake has only scored once and has squandered a red-zone opportunity that was oddly reminiscent of the Notre Dame game last weekend. My bet is that Clemson takes it in a closer game than most expected.
Halftime Predicted Score: Clemson 24 Wake Forest 14