Preview and Prediction: Clemson-Wake Forest

Kickoff at Memorial Stadium is set for 3:30 p.m. ET. Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich and Sherree Burruss will call the television broadcast for ACC Network. Don Munson, Tim Bourret and Reggie Merriweather will broadcast the game on the Clemson Athletic Network. Noah Britt, Jon Reynolds and Patrick Johnson will present the game on Gridiron Radio Network.

GAMEDAY TIMELINE

  • Memorial Stadium – Clemson, S.C. 
  • 8 a.m.: Lots Open
  • 10:30 a.m. – TigerTailgate Area Opens at Littlejohn Coliseum
  • 12:30 p.m.: Ingles Tiger Tailgate Show presented by Upcountry Fiber, Live from TigerTown Tailgate
  • 12:30 p.m.: Clemson Athletic Ticket Office and IPTAY Offices open
  • 1:20 p.m.: Tiger Walk Driven by Chevrolet
  • 1:30 p.m.: Gates Open
  • 3:30 p.m.: Kickoff
  • Watch via ACCN or ESPN App (Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich and Sherree Burruss )
  • Live Stats
  • Listen: Clemson Athletic Network (Don Munson, Tim Bourret & Reggie Merriweather)

CLEMSON VS. WAKE FOREST – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

– Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney will attempt to tie College Football Hall of Famer Frank Howard as Clemson’s all-time winningest head coach when his Tigers host the Wake Forest Demon Deacons on Saturday, Oct. 7. Kickoff at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C., is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET.

– Howard, “The Bashful Baron of Barlow Bend,” compiled a 165-118-12 record in 30 seasons at Clemson from 1940-69. His final win came against Maryland on Nov. 1, 1969, and his 165 career wins will enter Saturday having stood alone at the top of Clemson’s leaderboard for a total of 19,698 days, just shy of 54 years.

– A victory would pull Swinney even with Howard and give Swinney a 165-41 all-time record. Howard coached 295 career games at Clemson and won his 165th game in his 292nd career game. Swinney can accomplish the feat in his 206th career game with a win on Saturday.

– Last week, Swinney earned his 100th regular season conference win, matching Howard’s 100 conference wins at Clemson in a career that included membership in both the Southern Conference and the ACC. Swinney earned his 100th ACC regular season win on the exact same day Virginia Tech, a four-time ACC Championship program that had a four-and-a-half season head start on him, earned its 100th ACC regular season win.

– Clemson is in search of its 15th straight win against Wake Forest. Clemson’s last loss to the Demon Deacons came on Oct. 9, 2008, a defeat that led to the elevation of Swinney to head coach four days later. Swinney is 14-0 against Wake Forest, and among coaches to start their head coaching careers in 1996 or later, he is the only coach to win his first 14 games against a single FBS opponent, according to Stats Perform.

Predictions:

Zach: The Tigers return home to the friendly confines of Death Valley for the final time this month, and with it bring a team that looks to be rounding into form. Offensively Cade Klubnik is maturing more and more and the game seems to be slowing down for him, as he has been incredibly impressive in his last two starts. Defensively, the Tigers are asserting themselves like many around the nation expected them to this season. Both of these factors, combined with a bad WF team mean the Tigers roll.

Clemson: 45 Wake Forest 10

Jason: Wake Forest might have had an extra week to prep, but it won’t matter. Sam Hartman isn’t walking back through that door and the Deacs just don’t have the kind of playmakers on offense to keep pace. Add in an offensive line that allowed eight sacks in a 30-16 loss to Georgia Tech last time out, and we have all the makings of a one-sided affair. Tigers roll on Homecoming.

Clemson 35 Wake Forest 13

Brad: Wake Forest head coach Dave Clawson bemoaned the talent gap between these two teams this week, despite taking Clemson to the brink last year in overtime. This is not that same Wake team and Clawson knows it. Tigers have the massive advantage in the trenches and will make life difficult for a Deacs squad that lost to Georgia Tech two weeks ago.

Clemson 37, Wake Forest 6

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