Clemson at Wake Forest: The Tigers' Game Six Preview

Kevin ThomasContributor IIOctober 9, 2008

Clemson (3-2) and Wake Forest (3-1) meet tonight at Wake Forest's BB&T Field.

Clemson owns 56 wins over Wake Forest in history, its second highest victory total over any opponent.

The last game for Wake Forest, coached by Jim Grobe, was a 24-17 loss to Navy, in which the Demon Deacons had six turnovers.

The last game for Clemson, coached by Tommy Bowden, was a 20-17 loss to Maryland.


Clemson on Offense

The Tigers' high-powered offense showed up for a half against Maryland last time out. They came out and ran the ball right down their throats, then gave up on the run in the second half.

Clemson QB had another shaky game throwing another pick and missing several throws. I would not be suprised if we saw some of Willy Korn tonight.

The Deacs defense gave tons of rushing yards to Navy in their last game, and the Tigers' will try to run all over them tonight also.


Clemson on Defense

The Clemson defense played pretty well against Maryland, the offense just kept putting them in bad positions.

The Wake Forest offense had an uncharacteristic six turnovers against Navy. The Deacs have a good QB in Riley Skinner who is the ACC's leading passer.

The Tigers will try to pressure Skinner into some mistakes tonight.


Special Teams

Both teams have very good return men who can change the game in an instance. Wake Forest has one of the best kickers in college football in Sam Swank, but he might end up being out for tonight's game. The Tiger's kicker, Mark Bucholz, has still not missed a field goal this year.


Final Decision

Tommy Bowden has a career record of 7-2 against Wake Forest, and tonight he may be coaching for his job.

C.J. Spiller has burned the Deacs the last two seasons with big plays for scores.

The Tigers historically tend to come out fighting when backed into a corner, which they certainly are.

I think Clemson will come out fired up and ready to go and beat the Deacs behind the strong running of James Davis and C.J. Spiller and behind a solid game from QB Cullen Harper.

Clemson 27, Wake Forest 20

Kickoff is at 7:30 on ESPN.