Boston College Preview and Prediction

Boston College Preview and Prediction

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Boston College Preview and Prediction

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Clemson looks for their first ACC road win when they travel to Alumni stadium to face Boston College.

The Series: 

Saturday’s meeting between Clemson and Boston College will be the 20th meeting for the two ACC teams.  Clemson leads the overall series 9-8-2.  The series is tied at Boston College 5-5-1.  The Tigers won the last meetign 25-7 at Clemson in 2009.  In 2008 Clemson defeated Boston College 27-21.30-25-2. 

Tiger’s Offense vs Eagle’s Defense: 

The Clemson offense played their best game of the year last week as they defeated Georgia Tech.  With the emergence of DeAndre Hopkins and Jaron Brown at receiver the Tigers offer a more balanced attack.  Andre Ellington continues to perform at a high level picking up 166 yards last week.  Ellington leads the ACC in all-purpose yards with a 134.7 average per game.

The Eagles come into Saturday’s contest with the leagues top rushing defense giving up only 83 yards per game.  The Tigers are fifth in the ACC in rushing offense averaging 175 yards per game and Andre Ellington is third in the league in rushing yardage.  Don’t look for the Tigers to go away from their strength.  Clemson will use the run to setup the pass in this game, but they will continue to “do what they do best”.

Kyle Parker played his best game of the year against Georgia Tech.  The Clemson passing game continues to improve by the week as Kyle and his new core set of receivers get into a rhythm.  Another strong performance from Kyle will be key to a Clemson victory.

Boston College will be without three defensive starters Saturday, including their best pass rush defensive end and two senior defensive backs.  That could spell trouble for a defense already rated 10th in the league against the pass.

Edge:  Tigers 

Tiger’s Defense vs Eagle’s Offense: 

The Boston College offense ranks last in he league in almost every category.  The Eagles are 12th in scoring offense, 12th in rushing offense, 12th in total offense and 8th in passing offense.  Montel Harris is the bright spot for the Boston College offense as he leads the league in rushing with 99 yards per game.

Clemson’s defense continues to get better by the week.  Against Georgia Tech the Tiger defenders played well for four quarters.  Now the challenge will be to do the same on the road.  Last week’s defensive scheme goes out the window this week, but the confidence the defense gained will carry over Saturday.

Boston College will be back with freshman Shinskie at quarterback who is 46-96 for 618 yards on the season. 

The game plan for the Tigers is simple.  Stop the run and force the freshman quarterback to beat you.  If the defense brings the same intensity that they have the past three weeks that shouldn’t be a problem.  Look for the Tigers to shutdown Montel Harris and the Eagles offense.

Edge:  Tigers 

Special Teams:

Once again the Tigers will face a talented return guy this week.  DeLeon Gause is ninth in the league with a 21 yard average on kickoff returns.  Clemson’s coverage teams have been excellent this season and they will be an important factor this week on the road.
 
Freshman Nate Freese is the leagues leader in field goals with an average of 1.71 per game.  Freese has made 12 of 14 on the season with a long of 49 yards.  
 
Dawson Zimmerman continues to be strong for the Tigers averaging 43.8 yards per punt.  Zimmerman is currently third in the ACC.  Chandler Catanzaro continues to be steady for the Tigers as he gains experience and confidence.
 
Marcus Gilchrist continues to play well for the Tigers.  Marcus is third in the ACC in punt returns with a 13 yard average.  Andre Ellington has become a weapon on kickoff returns and Jaron Brown has shown flashes of greatness as a punt returner.
 
Edge:  Even

Overall Analysis:

The Tigers got some help from NC State Thursday night as they defeated Florida State to give the Noles their first loss of the year in the conference.  Clemson now controls their destiny.  The Tigers have yet to play a complete game for four quarters on the road this season.  That is the challenge for Saturday.

Saturday’s contest is a perfect trap game for the Tigers as they could get caught looking ahead to NC State and Florida State.  The coaches have done their best to keep the team focused on the task at hand.  Every player this week talked about how “this weeks game is the most important of the season because it is the next game”.  The coaches  have to like hearing that from the team, but it is always hard to predict how 18 and 19 year olds will perform.

Just like 2009 the Tigers are getting better as the season goes along.  The Tigers know they can not afford another ACC loss so they should be focused for the game.  The leadership on this team will be critical as Parker, Bowers, Hairston, McDaniel make sure the Tigers don’t let another game slip away. 

Expect the Tigers to get their first road win of the season and move to 3-2 in the ACC.  Look for the Tigers to come out and establish the run early and the game will be over unless the Tigers turn the ball over.  The large Clemson crowd that made the trip up North will enjoy Saturday afternoon and go home with a big smile on their face.  

Clemson 34  Boston College 13

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