Clemson (0-1) and The Citadel (1-0) hook up for the 36th time in the two franchises' history Saturday, this time held at Clemson in "Death Valley." It will also be Clemson's Military Appreciation Day.
Clemson holds a 29-5-1 advantage in the series with The Citadel that dates to 1909. The last matchup between the two teams was held in 2000, with Clemson winning, 38-0.
Last week, The Citadel, coached by Kevin Higgins, opened its 2008 season with a 54-7 win over Webber International. With that win, the Bulldogs moved up to No. 20 in the Sports Network FCS Poll. The Citadel was led by Asheton Jordan, who had 100 all-purpose yards (70 rushing, 30 receiving), and All-American wide receiver Andre Roberts, who had a 64-yard punt-return touchdown.
Last week, Clemson, coached by Tommy Bowden, was demolished by Alabama to open the season, 34-10. The Tigers offensive line was absolutely manhandled, and the defense had more holes than a block of swiss cheese. The one bright spot for the Tigers was CJ Spiller's 96-yard kickoff return touchdown to open the second half.
Clemson on Offense
The Tigers have playmakers all over the field that the Bulldogs will not be able to play with. The Tigers are also way faster than The Citadel at every position.
Clemson on Defense
Clemson looked absolutely horrendous last week against Alabama. This week the talent level they are playing against is a little different, though. The Tigers' defense is too fast for the Bulldogs and should be able to shut down the running game.
The Tigers and the Bulldogs have gamebreakers returning kicks. Spiller had the kickoff return for a touchdown for the Tigers and Andre Roberts had a punt return score for the Bulldogs last week.
Clemson has way too much talent for The Citadel. The Tigers' offense is too loaded to have two bad games in a row. I believe the whole Clemson team will come out on a mission to prove that they were worthy of a preseason No. 9 ranking and that last week was a fluke. Clemson will demolish The Citadel.
Clemson 52, The Citadel 7
Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN360.com