ACC Atlantic on line when Clemson plays NC State
No. 5 Clemson (7-1, 5-1 ACC, CFP No. 4) at No. 20 North Carolina State (6-2, 4-0, CFP No. 20), Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC)
Line: Clemson by 8.
Series record: Clemson leads 56-28-1.
WHAT’S AT STAKE
Control of the ACC Atlantic Division. If Clemson wins, all it would need is to defeat Florida State at home next week to return to the ACC title game. Should the Wolfpack win, North Carolina State would have to drop its three final ACC games to miss out on the championship game.
Clemson QB Kelly Bryant vs. North Carolina State’s front seven. Bryant came back from injuries to lead the Tigers to 24-10 win over Georgia Tech next week. He will face a Wolfpack front that is third in the ACC in fewest yards allowed rushing.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Clemson: DE Austin Bryant. Bryant, no relation to Kelly Bryant, has powered Clemson’s defensive front and is tied for second in the ACC with 6.5 sacks.
North Carolina State: QB Ryan Finley. Finley’s streak of 339 passes without an interception came to an end last week with his pick-six in a loss to Notre Dame. Clemson comes in near the bottom in the ACC with just five interceptions.
FACTS & FIGURES
North Carolina State is off to its best start since the 2002 team opened 8-0. ... Clemson’s national title season nearly was derailed against the Wolfpack last year as N.C. State missed a 33-yard field goal try at the end of regulation tied at 17-all. The Tigers won in OT, 24-17. ... Clemson leads the ACC with 31 sacks. ... North Carolina State LB Germaine Pratt has scored twice this season, on an interception against Syracuse and by recovering a blocked punt in the end zone last week at Notre Dame. He’s the first Wolfpack defender to score twice since David Amerson in 2011. .... Clemson has won four straight in the series. North Carolina State’s last win over the Tigers came in 2011, a 37-13 victory in Raleigh.
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