- Associated Press - Thursday, October 13, 2016

North Carolina State (4-1, 1-0 ACC) at No. 3 Clemson (6-0, 3-0), noon (ABC)

Line: Clemson by 17.

Series Record: Clemson leads 55-28-1.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Clemson’s run for another perfect season. The Tigers have gradually rounded into fighting shape the first half of the season and can’t let up against teams they’re supposed to beat. The Wolfpack, also undefeated in the ACC Atlantic, believe they can take down the Tigers and challenge for the division.

KEY MATCHUP

Clemson QB Deshaun Watson against North Carolina State’s defense. Watson has largely had his way with the Wolfpack the past two seasons, throwing for 650 yards and seven touchdowns in a pair of lopsided victories. North Carolina State, however, sits eighth nationally in overall defense and held Notre Dame to a field goal last week.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

North Carolina State: RB Matt Dayes. The senior had rushed for 100 yards or more in four of the Wolfpack’s five games, including going for 126 in last week’s win over Notre Dame. He’s third in the ACC and 16th nationally in rushing average.

Clemson: RB Wayne Gallman. The Tigers’ junior, who set the single-season school record with 1,527 yards last year, finally looks like he’s found his form. He went for 109 yards on nine carries at Boston College, highlighted by a 59-yard TD run to start Clemson’s scoring.

FACTS & FIGURES

This game is called the Textile Bowl since both North and South Carolina were major areas for textile manufacturing. … Clemson is 6-0 for the fourth time in the past six seasons. The Tigers started 6-0 just eight times between 1900 and 2000. … Wolfpack WR Stephen Louis leads the ACC and is fourth nationally at 23.5 yards per catch. … Expect some tackles for loss since Clemson and North Carolina State both rank in the top 20 for teams stopping opponents behind the line of scrimmage. Clemson is tied fifth with 56 such stops. North Carolina State is 17th with 40.

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