After a thrilling and marquee 38-35 victory over Georgia in their season opener, the Clemson Tigers will host the South Carolina State Bulldogs this Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
This game should come with a little less intensity for Clemson. Not to completely disrespect South Carolina State, but the Bulldogs are not on the same level as Georgia.
South Carolina State suffered a 27-20 loss to Coastal Carolina in its opener. The Bulldogs did rush for 187 yards in that contest but did so at just 3.2 yards per carry.
It is hard to see how South Carolina State will pull out a victory in this game, but it will still be fun to watch them try. Here is how you can catch the action—followed by more information on what to expect.
When: Saturday, September 7 at 12:30 p.m. ET
Where: Memorial Stadium, Clemson, South Carolina
Live Stream: ESPN3
Spread: Clemson -52.5(via Covers.com)
South Carolina State Injuries (via USA Today)
Clemson Injuries (via USA Today)
Jayron Kearse, S, Questionable (Shoulder)
Martin Jenkins, CB, Questionable (Shoulder)
Jordan Leggett, TE, Questionable (Knee)
Joe Gore, T, Doubtful (Knee)
Scott Pagano, DT, Doubtful (Knee)
Chad Kelly, QB, Out, (Knee)
Sam Cooper, TE, Out, (Knee)
Key Storyline: Is Sammy Watkins the nation's best receiver?
For my money, Watkins is the best receiver in the country.
The junior hauled in six receptions for 127 yards and a marvelous 77-yard touchdown in his season debut.
In that game, Watkins looked every bit the dynamic freshman who hauled in 1,219 yards worth of passes and 12 touchdowns. He fell well short of those marks last year after starting the season by serving a two-game suspension.
He is not going to suffer from any slow starts this year.
Prediction: Clemson 55, South Carolina State 17
Anyway I cut this matchup, I end up with a huge win by Clemson. South Carolina State is not going to be able to contain Clemson's offense. The Tigers have way too many weapons.
Meanwhile, Clemson will put the clamps down on defense and get out to a huge early lead. Eventually, the Tigers will ease up and South Carolina will post some points.