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.
Live Stream: ESPN3
Betting Lines (via Vegas Insider)
- Over/Under: 49
- Spread: Clemson (-14)
Tigers Injury Report (via USA Today)
|Mackensie Alexander||CB||08/29/2013||Out indefinitely||Out||Groin|
|Travis Blanks||DB||10/21/2013||Questionable for Saturday's game against Maryland||Questionable||Knee|
|Ben Boulware||LB||10/20/2013||Questionable for Saturday's game against Maryland||Questionable||Undisclosed|
|Tajh Boyd||QB||10/21/2013||Probable for Saturday's game against Maryland||Probable||Ankle|
|Patrick DeStefano||T||10/10/2013||Will miss the remainder of the season||Out||Neck|
|Kevin Dodd||DT||10/20/2013||Questionable for Saturday's game against Maryland||Questionable||Toe|
|Tyshon Dye||RB||09/16/2013||Out indefinitely||Out||Back|
|Joe Gore||OL||10/20/2013||Questionable for Saturday's game against Maryland||Questionable||Knee|
|Kellen Jones||LB||09/24/2013||Will miss the remainder of the season||Out||Knee|
|Scott Pagano||DT||08/29/2013||Out indefinitely||Out||Knee|
|Charone Peake||WR||09/11/2013||Will miss the remainder of the season||Out||Knee|
|Garry Peters||CB||10/21/2013||Expected to miss Saturday's game against Maryland||Out||Foot|
|DeShawn Williams||DL||10/21/2013||Probable for Saturday's game against Maryland||Probable||Leg|
Terrapins Injury Report (via USA Today)
|Daniel Adams||WR||10/20/2013||Questionable for Saturday's game against Clemson||Questionable||Undisclosed|
|Christian Carpenter||LS||10/20/2013||Questionable for Saturday's game against Clemson||Questionable||Knee|
|Tyler Cierski||FB||10/20/2013||Questionable for Saturday's game against Clemson||Questionable||Calf|
|Milan Collins||S||08/17/2013||Will miss the entire season||Out||Ankle|
|Yannick Cudjoe-Virgil||LB||10/16/2013||Will miss the remainder of the season||Out||Pectoral|
|Stefon Diggs||WR||10/20/2013||Will miss the remainder of the season||Out||Fibula|
|JaJuan Dulaney||T||08/19/2013||Will miss the entire season||Out||Knee surgery|
|Adam Greene||K||10/20/2013||Questionable for Saturday's game against Clemson||Questionable||Quadriceps|
|Perry Hills||QB||08/30/2013||Out indefinitely||Out||Knee|
|Jeremiah Johnson||CB||09/08/2013||Will miss at least 6-8 weeks||Out||Toe|
|Nick Klemm||T||10/20/2013||Questionable for Saturday's game against Clemson||Questionable||Foot|
|DeAndre Lane||WR||10/20/2013||Questionable for Saturday's game against Clemson||Questionable||Concussion|
|Deon Long||WR||10/20/2013||Will miss the remainder of the season||Out||Tibia/Fibula|
|Dexter McDougle||CB||09/16/2013||Will miss the remainder of the season||Out||Shoulder|
|Mike Minter||DL||10/04/2013||Will miss the remainder of the season||Out||Knee|
|Anthony Nixon||S||10/20/2013||Questionable for Saturday's game against Clemson||Questionable||Toe|
|Kingsley Opara||DT||10/20/2013||Questionable for Saturday's game against Clemson||Questionable||Shoulder|
|Matt Robinson||LB||10/13/2013||Expected to miss 3-4 weeks||Out||Shoulder|
|Marc Rodriguez||LB||10/20/2013||Questionable for Saturday's game against Clemson||Questionable||Hamstring|
|Ty Tucker||DT||08/19/2013||Will miss the entire season||Out||Knee|
|Alex Twine||LB||10/20/2013||Questionable for Saturday's game against Clemson||Questionable||Shoulder|
Can Maryland Keep Up?
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:
Maryland WRs Stefon Diggs, Deon Long both out for season after breaking legs vs. Wake Forest http://t.co/50ctz2OCR5 Gah.— Eye on College FBall (@EyeOnCFB) October 20, 2013
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.
Which team wins?
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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