- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 5, 2014

No. 19 Clemson (6-2, 5-1 ACC) at Wake Forest (2-6, 0-4), 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Line: Clemson by 22½

Series Record: Clemson leads 61-17-1

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Clemson - the ACC’s highest-ranked team behind No. 2 Florida State - can keep itself in play for a return to the Orange Bowl if it keeps winning. Wake Forest wants to give first-year coach Dave Clawson his first big victory there.



KEY MATCHUP

Clemson defensive line vs. Wake Forest offensive line. The Tigers have the ACC’s best total defense (268.6 yards allowed per game), and a Demon Deacons line packed with freshmen and sophomores must find a way to keep freshman QB John Wolford upright for them to have any chance at the upset.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Clemson: DE Vic Beasley, who has an ACC-best eight solo sacks, is the heart and soul of a defense that hasn’t allowed an opponent to score 20 points since September.

Wake Forest: DB Kevin Johnson is the key member of a secondary that ranks third in the ACC, allowing an average of 180 yards through the air.

FACTS & FIGURES

The only opponent Clemson has beaten more often than Wake Forest is South Carolina (65 wins). … Tigers haven’t lost to Demon Deacons since 2008 and of Clemson’s five straight wins in the series, only one was closer than 20 points. … Wake Forest has the nation’s least productive rushing offense, averaging just 34.5 yards per game. … The Demon Deacons have rushed for three touchdowns all season and two of those came in the second half of their last game.

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