The Game: Clemson (5-3, 3-2) at Wake Forest (4-4, 2-3) 3:30 PM
Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Groves Stadium (31,500)
TV Coverage: None
Radio Coverage: 104.9 WCCP FM
Spread: Wake Forest is favored by 1 point over Clemson.
Coaches: Clemson's Tommy Bowden is 34-23 (52-27 overall) in his fifth season in Tiger Town, while Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe is 17-15 (50-48-1 overall) through his first two and a half years in Winston-Salem.
* Q&A with Justin Miller
* Q&A with Charlie Whitehurst
* 5 Keys to Downing the Deacs
* Jim Grobe Quotes
* Press Conference Player Audio
* In-Depth with John Lovett (Part I)
* Q&A with Chad Jasmin
* Clemson - Wake Forest News & Notes
* ACC Game Previews
* What We are Hearing...
* Tiger Pregame Show Heads North!
* In-Depth with John Lovett (Part II)
* Peach Bowl Scouting Clemson
The Forecast: Temperatures are expected to be in mid to upper 70's by kickoff on Saturday. Skies are expected to be partly cloudy with winds out of the south at 4 mph. Click here for an up to the minute forecast from weather.com.
The Series: Clemson leads the series overall by a count of 53-14-1. However, the last two contests have been uncomfortably close. The Tigers won two years ago in Groves Stadium 21-14, but needed a last minute by interception by Charles Hafley to secure the win. Last year, Brian Mance forced a fumble from Wake running back Chris Barclay near the goal line late in the 4th quarter to preserve the 31-23 win. The Tigers are 16-3-1 against Wake Forest in Winston-Salem.
Injury Update: TE Bobby Williamson is probable (back), RB Yusef Kelly is doubtful (back), and LB Eric Sampson is probable (ankle). WR Airese Currie is getting back close to full strength, and of course, DE J.J. Howard is out for the year (knee).
What to watch: Wake Forest is the only school in the ACC that uses an offense that somewhat resembles an option attack. Using misdirection and multiple formations, the Deacons have once again soared to the top of the ACC rushing statistics, averaging close to 180 yards per contest. Head coach Jim Grobe will likely use the same type of running plays that North Carolina did last week, so it will be especially important for the Tigers not to duplicate their poor tackling of a week ago- especially by the linebackers. The Clemson defense must stay at home, not over pursue, and remain patient Saturday if they want to leave Winston-Salem with a win.
Offensively, the Tigers will face a 3-3-5 alignment (the Clemson coaching staff refers to this as an odd-stack) which should create opportunities in the short passing game and with running back Duane Coleman. Having Airese Currie close to full strength could go a long ways in putting extra pressure on a Wake Forest secondary that is somewhat suspect. While the Deacons are ranked dead last in the ACC passing defense, giving up 294 yards a game through the air, it's important to note that the Tigers must establish the running game Saturday and play turnover free football if they want to win this game.
Don't forget: The Tiger Pregame Show brought to you by CUTigers.com will be broadcasting live from Groves Stadium from 10:30 to 12:30 Saturday. You can listen to the show on 104.9 WCCP FM in the upstate, or anywhere in the world at http://www.wccpfm.com.
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