Tigers can book trip to ACC title game by beating Wake

No. 10 Clemson can sew up the Atlantic Division crown by beating Wake Forest for the sixth straight time at Memorial Stadium.

In the Demon Deacons’ last five visits to Death Valley, they’ve been outscored 205-73. The Tigers (8-1 overall, 5-1 ACC) had a week off to put their 31-17 loss at Georgia Tech behind them. The Deacons are coming off a frustrating 24-17 loss to Notre Dame in which they twice failed to convert 1st-and-goal opportunities in the fourth quarter.

The Deacons (5-4 overall, 4-2 ACC) rank just 108th in rushing yards (104.7) and 79th in total offense (370.4). True freshman RB Orvin Reynolds lost his redshirt against Notre Dame and could take on a big role due to a lack of depth at the position.

Sophomore QB Tanner Price has thrown for 2,154 yards and 15 TDs, with six INTs. Wake Forest ranks 10th in the ACC in scoring defense (27.9). The starting inside linebackers in the 3-4 scheme combined for just one tackle against the Irish.

Clemson QB Tajh Boyd has thrown 25 TDs against just five INTs, and has a blazing fast WR corps led by Sammy Watkins and DeAndre Hopkins. Junior RB Andre Ellington (ankle) is expected to return after missing the loss at Georgia Tech. He ranks fourth in the ACC with 93.1 yards per game. With Ellington sidelined, freshmen D.J. Howard and Mike Bellamy fumbled. DT Brandon Thompson is projected as a high first-round NFL draft pick.

TV: ESPNU, noon. LINE: Clemson -16.5.

Photo by Mark Sturgis

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