Boston College Eagles vs. (3) Clemson Tigers
3:30 PM ET, October 12, 2013
Memorial Stadium, CLEMSON, SC
This game will be a showdown of throwing skills, both of these quarterbacks are top passers, very accurate and hold steady in the pocket, the difference will come on the defensive side of the ball as Clemson prides themselves on their secondary cover, which will make it a little more difficult for the Eagles to look down field. Boston College brings a slight QB run game to the table but I doubt we will see much of that in this game given the Tigers ability to crash the line of scrimmage.
The Eagles have had their share of issues this season having lost to Florida State but the most damaging loss came from the struggling Trojans who beat Boston College by 28 in Southern California. USC applied pressure down field and took away the long pass, affecting the Eagles so much they never really got their offense going. I see something similar happening in this game so expect them to lean heavily on the run game with Andre Williams at the helm, he has carried the ball 133 times for 768 yards and 7 scores.
Clemson has a smothering defense that takes games over, their secondary is know and recognized as one of the most pick frenzy group in the country, they don’t allow much time for opposing QB to get their pass off so it will really come down to stopping the running attack, something they have been known to expose themselves a few times. The tigers have to pace themselves and not to try to push too hard and leave holes open, as well as keeping their line backers back to protect the short pass.
What to Expect:
Expect the Eagles to have a good opening quarter, but that’s really going to be it, Clemson will take over and never look back, this will be a defensive lesion for the Eagles as the Tigers come into this game -26, a spread they should cover by the end of the game. Clemson knows it has to stay perfect is they want a chance at a BCS Championship game; they need to show off in games like these to stay relevant in that conversation.