TWO QUARTERBACKS: The same way Deshaun Watson played while senior Cole Stoudt started and played most of the way in Clemson's first two games, expect Stoudt to see action against North Carolina. Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris said Stoudt was disappointed at not playing more against Florida State but has handled the demotion in a first-class way. "We're going to need Cole," Morris said.
COMING OFF A BLOWOUT: North Carolina enters this week hoping to turn things around after an embarrassing 70-41 loss at No. 23 East Carolina, a program record for most points allowed. The Tar Heels also gave up 789 yards of offense, something North Carolina defensive leader Vic Koenning will try and change this week. Koenning said his group has concentrated on tackling and getting more defenders to the ball carrier in all situations. Koenning was Clemson's defensive coordinator from 2005-08.
FIXING MISTAKES: Clemson's errors against Florida State were more than just costly — they came at the worst possible moments. Among the mistakes were two drives inside the Seminoles red zone that ended without points because of Ryan Norton's bad snap and a pair of missed field goals.
GOING FAST: There aren't many times when Clemson's offense sees an attack that goes even quicker than the Tigers. This is one of them, though. Tar Heels coach Larry Fedora likes to up the tempo and his team is averaging nearly 43 points a game through three games. That wasn't enough against East Carolina. North Carolina quarterback Marquise Williams knows the team has to let that go "because if we're still dwelling on that game, we'll go down to Clemson and they'll beat the brakes off us."
KEY STRETCH: Clemson coaches know that if the Tigers want to gain so momentum this season, now's the time to start. The Tigers hadn't opened 1-2 since the 2004 season, those losses coming at powerhouses Georgia and Florida State. The North Carolina game is the first of three straight at home, giving the Tigers a chance to change course.
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