|DeAndre Hopkins is on pace to set five Clemson receiving records. (US Presswire)|
Kickoff: Thursday, 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Spread: Clemson by 12.
Watchability: The Tigers have one of the most explosive offenses in the nation, and the Demon Deacons may be getting back one of the ACC's top receivers. The teams should put on a good show for the country to kick off the ACC's Thursday night time slot.
Shining stars: Clemson -- Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins has 52 catches for 845 yards and nine touchdowns. He's on pace to set school records in all three categories and should become the Clemson career leader in yardage and touchdowns by the end of the season. Wake Forest -- Receiver Michael Campanaro had 38 catches for 429 yards before breaking his hand Sept. 29. He has a chance of returning this week.
Who could steal the show: Clemson -- Linebacker Spencer Shuey had 15 tackles in his first career start Saturday, which was the highest tackle output by a Clemson defender this season. Wake Forest -- Cornerback Kevin Johnson has interceptions in each of his last two games and also recovered a fumble Saturday.
You going? Ranking the road trip: Wake is 3-1 at home during Thursday night games, including a 12-7 win over Clemson in 2008. The excitement level should be high for the prime-time showdown.
Magic number for Clemson: .100 -- The Tigers are 1-9 for a .100 winning percentage in ESPN Thursday night games. They've lost their last three.
Magic number for Wake Forest: 9.8. Wake averaged 24.8 points per game in the five games before Campanaro was injured. Their scoring dropped off nearly 10 points per game, to 15, since he's been out.
The game comes down to: Firepower. Even with Campanaro back, the Demon Deacons won't be able to outscore Clemson. Wake's defense will have to step up to keep the Deacons in the game.
Prediction: Clemson 31, Wake Forest 13
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