Clemson Football: Scouting Report and Preview for the Boston College Eagles

Colby Lanham@Colby1226Correspondent ISeptember 25, 2012

CLEMSON, SC - OCTOBER 8: Andre Ellington #23 of the Clemson Tigers breaks free on a 35-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter against the Boston College Eagles at Memorial Stadium on October 8, 2011 in Clemson, South Carolina. Clemson won 36-14. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The Tigers can't afford to let the loss at FSU beat them twice.

Boston College has nowhere near the atmosphere of Tallahassee. In fact, it's one of those games that doesn't have the excitement or hype despite being an ACC matchup. Of course, the Tigers are favored by double digits, and that means it's time for them to step back up and take care of business. 

But who exactly are the Boston College Eagles, and what do they have?

Well, at quarterback, they have junior quarterback Chase Retting, who leads the ACC in passing and has the Eagles ranked 16th overall in passing with an average of 317.0 yards per game. And against a porous Clemson secondary, that could pose some problems.

At running back, the Eagles have a running back by committee approach with juniors Andre Williams and Rolandan Finch, who have 117 yards and 109 yards on the ground respectively, with only one touchdown to both of their names on the ground. The Eagles rank 118th on the ground with an average of 95.7 yards per game.

At receiver, the main guys have been Alex Amidon, who leads the team with 366 receiving yards and one touchdown, but otherwise, no other threats have emerged at receiver for the Eagles coming into this game.

On defense, Boston College has their usual talent at linebacker despite the loss of Luke Kuechly, with Nick Clancy leading a group that features three of the ACC's top four tacklers. BC has generally had a knack for producing solid play at the linebacker position, and this year is no different. But after the way Clemson proved they could move the ball against FSU, the offense won't be in doubt. It will be a combination of the defense and playing in Chestnut Hill.

Since 2005, the Tigers have lost three of the last four trips to Chestnut Hill. But by all means this is a different Clemson teams, and all of the losses were by seven points or less.

The Eagles are sitting at 1-2 while the Tigers sit at 3-1, but both at the bottom of the Atlantic Division because of the lack of conference wins. Boston College hopes Clemson will be their upset prey at home as both they and the Tigers look for their first conference victory in the ACC. Clemson is a ten-point favorite heading into Chestnut Hill.