Clemson vs. Maryland: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More

Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistOctober 24, 2013

Oct 5, 2013; Syracuse, NY, USA; Clemson Tigers running back Zac Brooks (24) celebrates his second quarter touchdown with quarterback Tajh Boyd (10) and offensive tackle Brandon Thomas (63) during the second quarter against the Syracuse Orange at the Carrier Dome.  Clemson defeated Syracuse 49-14.  Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

A major ACC battle is set to take place Saturday, but it's a war of attrition for the Clemson Tigers and Maryland Terrapins after both suffered crippling defeats a week ago.

The Tigers were absolutely brutalized at home by Florida State, 51-14. Clemson turned the ball over four times and had no answer for Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston, who easily gunned his way to 444 yards and three touchdowns.

Of course, Maryland was stomped 63-0 by the Seminoles three weeks ago courtesy of Winston's 393 yards and five touchdowns. Last week was the second loss in three games for the Terrapins, who were exposed by a 4-3 Wake Forest squad that had been destroyed 56-7 earlier in the year by Clemson.

Both teams have plenty of ground to make up after recent hurdles. Here's how they can do just that, plus other pertinent info about the ACC matchup.

 

When: Saturday, Oct. 26 at 3:30 p.m. ET

Where: Byrd Stadium, College Park, Md.

Television: ESPN

Live Stream: ESPN3

Betting Lines (via Vegas Insider)

  • Over/Under: 49
  • Spread: Clemson (-14)

 

Tigers Injury Report (via USA Today)

Tigers Injury Report
PlayerPos.DateDetailsStatusInjury
Mackensie AlexanderCB08/29/2013Out indefinitelyOutGroin
Travis BlanksDB10/21/2013Questionable for Saturday's game against MarylandQuestionableKnee
Ben BoulwareLB10/20/2013Questionable for Saturday's game against MarylandQuestionableUndisclosed
Tajh BoydQB10/21/2013Probable for Saturday's game against MarylandProbableAnkle
Patrick DeStefanoT10/10/2013Will miss the remainder of the seasonOutNeck
Kevin DoddDT10/20/2013Questionable for Saturday's game against MarylandQuestionableToe
Tyshon DyeRB09/16/2013Out indefinitelyOutBack
Joe GoreOL10/20/2013Questionable for Saturday's game against MarylandQuestionableKnee
Kellen JonesLB09/24/2013Will miss the remainder of the seasonOutKnee
Scott PaganoDT08/29/2013Out indefinitelyOutKnee
Charone PeakeWR09/11/2013Will miss the remainder of the seasonOutKnee
Garry PetersCB10/21/2013Expected to miss Saturday's game against MarylandOutFoot
DeShawn WilliamsDL10/21/2013Probable for Saturday's game against MarylandProbableLeg
USA Today

 

Terrapins Injury Report (via USA Today)

Terrapins Injury Report
PlayerPos.DateDetailsStatusInjury
Daniel AdamsWR10/20/2013Questionable for Saturday's game against ClemsonQuestionableUndisclosed
Christian CarpenterLS10/20/2013Questionable for Saturday's game against ClemsonQuestionableKnee
Tyler CierskiFB10/20/2013Questionable for Saturday's game against ClemsonQuestionableCalf
Milan CollinsS08/17/2013Will miss the entire seasonOutAnkle
Yannick Cudjoe-VirgilLB10/16/2013Will miss the remainder of the seasonOutPectoral
Stefon DiggsWR10/20/2013Will miss the remainder of the seasonOutFibula
JaJuan DulaneyT08/19/2013Will miss the entire seasonOutKnee surgery
Adam GreeneK10/20/2013Questionable for Saturday's game against ClemsonQuestionableQuadriceps
Perry HillsQB08/30/2013Out indefinitelyOutKnee
Jeremiah JohnsonCB09/08/2013Will miss at least 6-8 weeksOutToe
Nick KlemmT10/20/2013Questionable for Saturday's game against ClemsonQuestionableFoot
DeAndre LaneWR10/20/2013Questionable for Saturday's game against ClemsonQuestionableConcussion
Deon LongWR10/20/2013Will miss the remainder of the seasonOutTibia/Fibula
Dexter McDougleCB09/16/2013Will miss the remainder of the seasonOutShoulder
Mike MinterDL10/04/2013Will miss the remainder of the seasonOutKnee
Anthony NixonS10/20/2013Questionable for Saturday's game against ClemsonQuestionableToe
Kingsley OparaDT10/20/2013Questionable for Saturday's game against ClemsonQuestionableShoulder
Matt RobinsonLB10/13/2013Expected to miss 3-4 weeksOutShoulder
Marc RodriguezLB10/20/2013Questionable for Saturday's game against ClemsonQuestionableHamstring
Ty TuckerDT08/19/2013Will miss the entire seasonOutKnee
Alex TwineLB10/20/2013Questionable for Saturday's game against ClemsonQuestionableShoulder
USA Today

 

Can Maryland Keep Up?

Oct 19, 2013; Winston-Salem, NC, USA; Maryland Terrapins wide receiver Stefon Diggs (1) talks with wide receiver Deon Long (6) after being injured during the second quarter against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at BB&T Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brev
Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Tajh Boyd and Co. will not be held to just 14 points every game. Last week was an anomaly for an offense that averages 39.

Maryland has a strong offense as well, but it lost its top two wide receivers in last week's loss. Both Stefon Diggs and Deon Long broke their legs last week against Wake Forest and will miss the remainder of the season, per CBS Sports:

With a combined 66 receptions for 1,076 yards on the year before the injuries, Diggs and Long accounted for over 50 percent of the Terrapins' yardage through the air.

That's a huge hurdle for Maryland, regardless of Clemson's horrific loss last week.

 

Prediction

Oct 12, 2013; Clemson, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers quarterback Tajh Boyd (10) celebrates with teammate wide receiver Sammy Watkins (2) after scoring a touchdown during the second half against the Boston College Eagles at Clemson Memorial Stadium. Tigers won 2
Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

When these two teams met in Memorial Stadium last year, Clemson defended its home turf with a 45-10 victory.

While this is a road game for the Tigers, Boyd and Co. are simply too much for the Maryland offense to keep pace with, and Maryland's defense has failed in true tests against elite offenses.

Furthermore, the Tigers have allowed just two teams to surpass the 30-point mark this season. It's simply not possible for Maryland to win this week with its offense in such a state of transition.

 

Final Score: Tigers win 35-10

 

 

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