No. 3 Clemson may be 5-0 after its 49-14 victory over Syracuse last week, and Boston College may be 3-2, but the Tigers know all too well the threat posed by the Eagles.
Boston College (3-2, 1-1 ACC) has played Clemson tough in two of the past three years. That includes a loss in a shootout last season and a 16-10 victory in 2010. The Eagles are coming off a 48-27 victory over Army last week, in which they posted 523 total yards.
Clemson (5-0, 3-0 ACC) looks to keep its national championship hopes alive in South Carolina. The Tigers rank 13th in the nation in points per game and 16th in the country in points allowed per contest.
Let's take a look at the ACC showdown on Saturday in Clemson.
*Statistics courtesy of CFBStats.com
When: Saturday, Oct. 12 at 3:30 p.m. ET
Where: Memorial Stadium, Clemson, SC
Betting Line (via Covers.com): Clemson -24.5
Boston College Injuries (via USA Today)
Out: DT Mehdi Abdesmad (Knee)
Questionable: WR Marcus Grant (Undisclosed), TE Jarrett Darmstatter (Undisclosed), WR Josh Bordner (Undisclosed), WR Charlie Callinan (Undisclosed), LB Marquis Little (Undisclosed), DE Kieran Borcich (Undisclosed), LB Nick Lifka (Undisclosed)
Clemson Injuries (via USA Today)
Out: LB Kellen Jones (Knee)
Questionable: OL Joe Gore (Knee), DT Kevin Dodd (Toe), OT Patrick DeStefano (Neck), LB B.J. Goodson (Concussion)
Top Storyline: Will Boston College Make Life Tough for Clemson?
It's safe to say Boston College isn't on Clemson's level. The Massey Ratings, a compilation of rankings across the country, has the Eagles ranked No. 60 and the Tigers at No. 4.
Then again, that hasn't stopped Boston College from testing Clemson in two of the last three years.
One guy Clemson has to watch out for is Eagles running back Andre Williams, who has simply been outstanding this season. The senior ranks first in the nation in rushing yards per game (153.6). That includes posting 263 rushing yards and five touchdowns against Army last week.
It hasn't just come against poor competition, either. Williams racked up 149 rushing yards in the Eagles' 48-34 loss to Florida State two weeks ago.
Clemson ranks No. 71 in the country in yards allowed per carry, while ceding nine rushing touchdowns in five games. There's no reason to believe the Tigers will slow Williams to a halt on Saturday.
Prediction: Clemson 40, Boston College 27
I don't think Clemson will allow 35 points like it did against Georgia in Week 1, but I also wouldn't be surprised if Andre Williams and company did some damage against the Tigers.
That being said, Boston College's defense is what bothers me. The Eagles rank No. 65 in the nation in points allowed per game. That includes allowing 27 points against Army.
On top of that, in the Eagles' sole game on the road this season, they lost 35-7 to USC.
Clemson will continue to roll, but this clash will be closer than the odds books suggest.
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