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Early Preview – Coastal Carolina

Posted by cuorange on July 24, 2009

Game 8 – October 31, 2009 – Death Valley, Clemson, SC

Record O St Rtng Pts/Gm O Yds/Gm O D St Rtng Pts/Gm D Yds/Gm D
6-6 7 22.3 370 9 24.1 355

The inevitable “Orange and Black” game on Halloween. The Tigers take on in-state FCS team Coastal Carolina for Homecoming. This the first meeting between the two teams, but Coastal is not new to  FBS match ups, most recently getting eviscerated 66-10 by Penn State in Happy Valley to open the 2008 season.

Offensively the Chanticleers are led by QB Zach McDowell (2,064 Passing Yds, 16 TDs), but must replace the top two RBs.

WRs Brandon Whitley (32 Rec, 382 Yds, 3Tds) and Marquel Willis (27 Rec, 387 Yds, 6 TDs) return, as do 4 members of the offensive line.

Coastal plays a 4-3-4 defense and returns 9 starters on this side of the ball. However, this is a defense that gave up 43 points to Liberty and 47 points to VMI.

The Skinny: With the location of the school, facilities and coaching staff, it’s only a matter of time until Coastal becomes a force in FCS football. It probably won’t happen in 2009, but the building process has begun and with this game deep in the season (as opposed to opening day vs. Penn State in ’08), I expect the Chants to be improved and better prepared.

Early Conclusion: There’s a possibility Clemson could overlook this game sandwiched between Miami and Florida State, but those chances are greatly reduced with Dabo at the helm. Clemson starts slow with the Miami hangover affecting the early play, but the Tigers pull away in the 2nd half and then coast while looking ahead to FSU.

Clemson 44 Coastal Carolina 16

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