A couple of ranked matchups in the ACC and SEC have caught the eye of our handicapper, and he’s got free NCAA football picks for the contests he has identified as among the best bets on the Week 4 card.
Clemson Tigers vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Saturday, September 24, 2022 – 12:00 PM EDT at Truist Field
Slowly but surely, Wake Forest is improving its gridiron program, a fact that can be quantified with the Demon Deacons a single-digit underdog at top-rated sportsbooks for the second year in a row in their clash with the Clemson Tigers.
But if Wake Forest is really going to take the program to the next level and be a perennial challenger in the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Demon Deacons are going to have exorcise their demons against Clemson with a victory.
Early Wagers Moving Line Towards Clemson’s Side
Maybe that will happen this Saturday when No. 21 Wake Forest hosts No. 5 Clemson in one of the early matchups on a slate that is jam-packed with crucial conference battles from the Est Coast to the West.
The Tigers opened as 6½-point favorites for the matchup, which can be seen on ABC, but early action has pushed them up to the 7-point line on NCAAF odds boards with indications it could go even higher. Saturday’s scoreboard target is 55½-56.
Both Teams Off to 3-0 Starts
Pittsburgh may have won the ACC Championship a year ago, stopping a string of 7-straight titles for the Tigers, but it would be foolish to think the road to the conference crown doesn’t still go through Clemson.
Wake Forest was in the conference title game against Pitt last season, showing just how far the Demon Deacons have come since Dave Clawson took over a mediocre, at best, program a little more than eight years ago.
Tigers Seeking 14th-Straight Dubya in Rivalry
Clemson hasn’t just won the last 13 meetings with Wake Forest to build a commanding 69-17-1 advantage in the series, the Tigers have won those games by comfortable margins with only one of the 13 victories by less than 14 points.
Wake Forest could be without long snapper Jacob Zuhr due to an undisclosed injury, and that’s something to watch when the Demon Deacons are on special teams, but Clemson appears to be going into the game in good health, especially on defense where the unit has been banged up.
That spells trouble for Wake Forest after not facing much resistance from its first three opponents, and it spells like a cover for Clemson to me. Tigers win, 35-20.
Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Texas A&M Aggies
Saturday, September 24, 2022 - 07:00 PM EDT at AT&T Stadium
Could Jerry Jones watch his second consecutive winning performance of the week in a prime-time game at his big playground in Arlington?
No, we’re not talking about the Dallas Cowboys winning two in a row, but Jones’ alma mater will be in town this Saturday when the Arkansas Razorbacks take on the Texas A&M Aggies in what could be a make-or-break game for the teams as far as the SEC standings go.
Arkansas currently sits at the top of the SEC West with a 1-0 conference record, and the Razorbacks will be looking for their second consecutive in the rivalry as the two teams meet in Arlington for the ninth straight year.
- Arkansas leads the series 42-33-3, with Texas A&M up 9-1 as SEC foes.
- The Razorbacks have covered the last four matchups.
- Three of the last four failed to reach the totals.
Hogs Survive in Week 3, Ags Bounce Back from Loss
Granted, Missouri State should’ve never been a 26-point underdog last week in Fayetteville, but Arkansas shouldn’t have struggled as much against its solid FCS opponent and the Razorbacks might have been caught looking ahead to this matchup in the 38-27 win.
Texas A&M did rebound nicely from an upset loss to Appalachian State in Week 2, and took down a pretty good Miami Hurricanes team in a 17-9 win and cover, but the offense remains very suspect and ranks near the bottom in most NCAA stats.
Bring Home the Bacon
The Aggies could improve a little in those offensive categories against what has been a somewhat leaky Arkansas defense, but they won’t improve enough to cover the light chalk in this crucial contest.
In fact, Texas A&M won’t be able to do enough to even win the game, much less cover. Play the Razorbacks straight up in a 23-20 final, and put some loose change on the final score never reaching the mark.
NCAAF Pick: Under 48½ (-110) at BetOnline
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