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Early Preview – Boston College

Posted by cuorange on July 16, 2009

Game 3 – September 19, 2009 – Death Valley, Clemson, SC

Record O St Rtng Pts/Gm O Yds/Gm O D St Rtng Pts/Gm D Yds/Gm D
9-5 7 24.7 319 7 18.4 268

The curse is over.  Sort of.  After losing to the Eagles 16-13 in OT, 34-33 in double OT and 20-17 on a dropped pass, the Tigers rallied on the road last year to give Dabo Swinney his first win.
Sort of over, because despite losing that game the Eagles still won the division and played in the ACCCG.  However, if there is one team in America with less experience at QB and Head Coach than Clemson it is Boston College (0 pass attempts from the QB position and 0 games at head coach).
Boston College will have no such luck this year.  An already marginal offense was further debilitated by the academic suspension and subsequent transfer of starting quarterback Dominique Davis.  This leaves the Eagle without a QB who has thrown a pass in a FBS game.
Montel Harris had 900 rushing yards as a freshman, while fellow frosh Josh Haden chipped in with 479.  The wide receivers are experienced and talented, assuming Clarence Megwa fully recovers from a broken leg he suffered in last years Clemson game.
Boston College’s strength has always been it’s offensive line and that’s still true this year.  With an inexperienced quarterback the Eagles will rely on the ground game and try and slug it out.  They are good at that.
The defensive line took 3 major hits and will be the weakness of the defense unlike previous seasons.  The linebackers are pretty solid, if not athletic (relatively).  The defensive backfield loses two starters, but has 5 players returning with experience.
The Skinny: Expect the usual Clemson/Boston College slugfest.  Clemson has the advantage (or is even) in almost every area except the offensive line.  That’s an important one and will keep this game close.
Early Conclusion: The Tigers are playing at home on 9 days rest.  Will they be ready or rusty?  The quick strike threat of Spiller looms and Boston College had no answer for him last year.  I see a similar scenario playing out in ’09.  The improving Clemson OL doesn’t dominate, but does enough to get Spiller some space.  In a tough, hard fought game the Tigers prevail to remain in the ACC race (in week 3!).

Clemson 23 Boston College 17


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