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Clemson Tigers vs. NC State Wolfpack Preview and Predictions 11-09-2019


After being left out of the top four in the initial College Football Playoff rankings, Clemson will be looking not only to win, but to put up some style points when the Tigers travel to North Carolina State for an ACC matchup Saturday. Clemson has won a school-record 24 consecutive games overall and seven straight against the Wolfpack, including a 41-7 rout last season.



The defending national champion Tigers are ranked third in the coaches poll, but they would be outside of the four-team playoff if the season ended now. A close call at North Carolina on Sept. 28 is the source of Clemson's lowered esteem in the rankings, but the Tigers have won each of their four games since by at least 35 points. N.C. State has three wins against top-10 Clemson teams, most recently in 2011, which was the last time the Wolfpack took down the Tigers. Adding to that total will be a daunting task for a Wolfpack team that has lost two straight, three of its last four and has been plagued by injuries.

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, ABC. LINE: Clemson -32



ABOUT CLEMSON (9-0, 6-0 ACC): The Tigers have been lighting up the scoreboard lately, scoring 45 points or more in four straight games and hitting 50 in two in a row. Quarterback Trevor Lawrence has thrown eight interceptions - but none in the past two games - and has tossed three touchdown passes in each of the past four games, while Travis Etienne has averaged 160 rushing yards per game over that stretch. Clemson ranks fourth in the nation in total defense and has not allowed more than 300 total yards in a game this season.

ABOUT N.C. STATE (4-4, 1-3): The Wolfpack have started 40 different players - the second-highest total among Power 5 schools - as seven players suffered season-ending injuries, including five starters. The secondary has been especially depleted and was dinged for 295 passing yards in last week's loss at Wake Forest, but the run defense was gashed for 429 yards in a loss to Boston College two weeks earlier. The defense has to play better to give N.C. State a chance with an offense that is trending in the wrong direction and had a season-low 265 total yards last week.



EXTRA POINTS

1. Clemson can clinch a fifth consecutive ACC Atlantic Division title with a win and a Wake Forest loss to Virginia Tech.

2. Etienne's 48 career rushing touchdowns are the fourth-most in ACC history behind Pittsburgh's James Conner (52), Louisville's Lamar Jackson (50), and N.C. State's Ted Brown (49).

3. The Wolfpack's 3.50 sacks per game are tied for ninth-most among FBS teams, but they've managed only two in the past two games.




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Carter Finley Stadium
Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.
Capacity: 57,583

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Last Injuries

NC State Wolfpack

  • Payton Wilson

    Collarbone
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Wilson left the last game with a left collarbone injury, and his status for Saturday's matchup against Louisville is unclear.

  • Ricky Person Jr.

    Leg
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Person Jr. has been held out of the last four games with a lower-left leg injury, and it is unknown if he will play Saturday against Louisville.

  • Isaiah Moore

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Moore missed the last game with an unspecified injury, and it is undetermined if he will be in the lineup Saturday versus Louisville.

  • Nick McCloud

    Knee
    Ques Sat | questionable

    McCloud has a knee injury, and it is undetermined if he will play Saturday against Louisville.

  • Zonovan Knight

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Knight exited the previous game due to an unspecified injury. It is unknown if he will play Saturday against Clemson.

  • Nick McCloud

    Knee
    Ques Sat | questionable

    McCloud has sat out the previous three games due to a knee injury. It is unknown if he will suit up against Clemson on Saturday.

Clemson Tigers

  • Xavier Thomas

    Concussion
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Thomas has missed the last three games with concussion-like symptoms, and it is unknown if he will be available Saturday versus NC State.

  • Jake Venables

    Hamstring
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Venables has a hamstring injury, and it is unclear if he will play against NC State on Saturday.

  • Frank Ladson Jr.

    Ankle
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Ladson Jr. is battling an ankle injury, and it is unknown if he will suit up Saturday against NC State.

nc-state-wolfpack-football Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Matthew McKay 4 0 115.846 0 143 83 1 0 0 3 890
Bailey Hockman 3 0 89.480 0 10 7 1 0 0 0 47
Drake Thomas 4 0 .000 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Thayer Thomas 4 0 .000 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 18
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Zonovan Knight 4 0 269 0 47 3
Ricky Person Jr. 4 0 194 0 43 2
Jordan Houston 4 0 165 0 23 2
Matthew McKay 4 0 68 0 22 4
Keyon Lesane 4 0 47 0 3 0
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Emeka Emezie 4 0 252 0 25 0 0
Thayer Thomas 4 0 155 0 13 0 1
Tabari Hines 4 0 151 0 11 0 1
Cary Angeline 3 0 128 0 9 0 2
Ricky Person Jr. 4 0 71 0 6 0 0
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Chris Ingram 4 0 21 3 0 0 2 0 3 0 0 0
Tanner Ingle 4 0 19 12 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 2
Kishawn Miller 3 0 12 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Payton Wilson 4 0 11 5 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2
Larrell Murchison 4 0 8 7 0 0 0 0 1 2 10 3
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Christopher Dunn 4 0 8 10 41 15 15
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Keyon Lesane 4 0 7 0 22 136
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Zonovan Knight 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Cary Angeline 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Jordan Houston 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Matthew McKay 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7
Ricky Person Jr. 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Tabari Hines 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Thayer Thomas 4 0 7 0 76 121
Max Fisher 2 0 1 0 24 24
Tabari Hines 4 0 1 0 9 9
Zonovan Knight 4 0 0 0 8 8

clemson-tigers-football Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Chase Brice 3 0 169.741 0 17 11 0 0 0 2 134
Trevor Lawrence 4 0 147.925 0 106 66 5 0 0 7 925
Taisun Phommachanh 2 0 81.867 0 9 5 1 0 0 0 52
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Travis Etienne 4 0 395 0 53 4
Lyn-J Dixon 4 0 220 0 33 3
Chez Mellusi 3 0 123 0 13 1
Michel Dukes 3 0 78 0 12 1
Trevor Lawrence 4 0 55 0 11 3
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Tee Higgins 4 0 376 0 16 0 2
Justyn Ross 3 0 171 0 15 0 1
Amari Rodgers 3 0 127 0 7 0 2
Joseph Ngata 4 0 99 0 5 0 1
Travis Etienne 4 0 87 0 8 0 0
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Isaiah Simmons 4 0 21 12 0 0 0 0 1 2 16 4
Chad Smith 4 0 10 15 1 0 0 0 0 1 10 2
K'Von Wallace 4 0 10 7 0 0 1 66 2 1 10 1
Denzel Johnson 4 0 8 3 0 0 1 6 0 0 0 0
James Skalski 4 0 8 13 0 1 0 0 0 2 16 2
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
B.T. Potter 4 0 5 7 51 20 20
Steven Sawicki 1 0 0 0 0 2 2
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Joseph Ngata 4 0 4 0 32 93
Logan Rudolph 3 0 1 0 1 1
Lyn-J Dixon 4 0 1 0 8 8
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Travis Etienne 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Will Swinney 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Aidan Swanson 1 0 0 30 0 30 1 0 0
Amari Rodgers 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Chase Brice 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Chez Mellusi 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Cornell Powell 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Amari Rodgers 3 0 3 0 20 23
Derion Kendrick 2 0 2 0 9 8
Will Swinney 2 0 2 0 8 8
Will Brown 1 0 1 0 13 13