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What you need to know: Boston College at No. 2 Clemson

Second-ranked Clemson looks to go to 4-0 on the young season as it host ACC Atlantic foe Boston College in Death Valley on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

The Tigers are coming off an impressive 26-point victory at No. 20 Louisville, a game in which they dominated from almost the beginning. BC on the other hand is coming off a 49-20 loss to Notre Dame at home. It was a game in which the Irish rushed for 515 yards, the second most ever allowed by a Boston College defense.

Game information:

Where: Clemson Memorial Stadium

Records: Clemson 3-0, 1-0 ACC; Boston College 1-2, 0-1 ACC

When: 3:30 p.m.

TV: ESPN2

Radio: 105.5 in the Upstate (Clemson Tigers Radio Network)

Latest Line: Clemson favored by 32.5 points

Series: Clemson leads 15-9-2 (Clemson has won six straight)

First meeting: Clemson won 6-3 in the 1940 Cotton Bowl

Last year: Clemson won 56-10 at Boston College

Clemson Injury Report

 

Out for Season

Richard Yeargin, DE, Neck

Logan Rudolph, DE, Shoulder

Cole Renfrow, TE, Knee

Greg Huegel, PK, Knee

Out this Game

Garrett Williams (TE), knee

Tucker Israel, QB, illness

D.J. Greenlee, TE, Knee

Marcus Edmond, CB, foot

Three story lines

Boston College is allowing 279 yards per game on the ground, while Clemson comes in averaging 248.7 yards per game. The Tigers rushed for 353 yards in the season opener against Kent State and last week went for 297 against Louisville.

After beating top 15 teams in back-to-back weeks in Auburn and Louisville, can Clemson get up for a Boston College team that on paper it is far more superior than. The Tigers already own a 53-point victory over Kent State, a game in which they had too much speed and talent for the Golden Flashes to keep up.

Can Alex Spence prove he can handle Clemson’s placekicking duties after starter Greg Huegel was lost for the season with a torn ACL, which he suffered on the last play of practice on Wednesday. Spence has not officially kicked a field goal in his four years at Clemson and is just 2-for-2 on extra points. Spence did go 4-for-4 on field goal attempts in a scrimmage this past August, including one from 51 yards out.

Boston College players to watch

Anthony Brown, QB: The redshirt freshman finished 24-of-40 passing for 215 yards with two touchdowns, but threw two interceptions against the Fighting Irish last week. He is completing 55 percent of his passes. He has thrown five touchdown passes to six interceptions.

Jon Hilliman, RB: The junior ran for 122 yards on 22 carries in the loss to Notre Dame. He has rushed for 203 yards on the season, and is averaging 3.7 yards per carry. He has no rushing touchdowns.

Michael Walker, WR: The junior has been all over the field for the Eagles through three games this season. The Naples, Fla., native is second on the team with 12 receptions and is among the national leaders in kickoff returns and punt returns. Walker is 25th nationally and second in the ACC in punt returns (10.3 yards per return) and 22nd nationally and third in the conference in kickoff returns (27.3 yards per return).

Harold Landry, DE: Landry decided to return to Boston College for his senior season last January. The All-American led the nation in sacks in 2016 with 16.5. Landry led the country with seven forced fumbles en route to Walter Camp and Associated Press All-America honors. This year, he has 12 tackles, two tackles for loss and one sack through three games.

Boston College Scouting Report

  • Boston College’s offensive line has allowed just four sacks through three games. The Eagles have attempted 124 passes so far in 2017 and rank 37th nationally and fourth in the ACC with just the four sacks allowed.
  • Two of the top players on the BC defense have been at the safety positions as junior strong safety Will Harris and junior free safety Lukas Denis are off to good starts in 2017. Harris has made 19 consecutive starts and leads the Eagles with 27 tackles and three TFLs in three games this season. Denis is in his first year as a starter making the transition from cornerback to free safety in 2017. Denis has 17 tackles and is third in the nation and is tied for the lead in the ACC with two interceptions.
  • Boston College is running more of an up-tempo offense this year. The Eagles ran 92 plays out of a no-huddle, up-tempo offense in the win at Northern Illinois in the season-opener. It was the most plays run under head coach Steve Addazio, beating the previous game-high of 86 vs. UMass in 2014. They also ran 85 against Notre Dame and 82 against Wake Forest.
  • In 2017, BC is 9-for-9 in the red zone with four touchdowns and five field goals. BC is one of 20 teams nationally to score on every trip into the red zone in 2017.

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