No. 2 Clemson seeking 3rd straight 6-0 start against Wake
Wake Forest (4-1, 1-1 ACC) at No. 2 Clemson (5-0, 3-0), Saturday, Noon ET (ESPN2)
Line: Clemson by 21 ½.
Series record: Clemson leads 64-17-1.
WHAT’S AT STAKE
Clemson is in the midst of another run at a national championship and needs to avoid slipups at home. Wake Forest is looking for its best start since its last ACC championship in 2006.
Wake Forest QB John Wolford vs. Clemson’s defensive line. Wolford has sparked the Demon Deacon’s strong early play with eight TDs and just one interception. He and the Demon Deacons have not faced a pass rush like the Tigers, who lead the ACC with 19 sacks their first four games. DE Austin Bryant has five of those to lead Clemson.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Wake Forest: WR Greg Dortch leads the Demon Deacons with 30 catches for 352 yards and five touchdowns this season. Seven of his 10 catches last week against Florida State went for a first down.
Clemson: QB Kelly Bryant continues to direct the Tigers with poise in his first season starting for national-title winning passer Deshaun Watson. Bryant owns wins over three top-15 opponents in Auburn, Louisville and, last week, Virginia Tech.
FACTS & FIGURES
Clemson has not lost to Wake Forest since Dabo Swinney took over as coach in the middle of the 2008. It was a 12-7 Deacons win that year that led to ex-coach Tommy Bowden being let go and Swinney getting the position. ... Clemson has won its last eight games at Death Valley against Wake Forest. ... The Demon Deacons lead the ACC in stuffing opponents on fourth down, giving up just two first downs in eight tries. ... Wake Forest is also just ahead of Clemson in the ACC in converting scores (field goals and touchdowns) inside the 20, cashing in on 22 of 23 trips. Clemson has been successful on 16 of 17 trips inside the red zone this fall.
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