Wake Forest - Clemson Game Capsule

The Clemson Tigers open the 2004 season Saturday afternoon against Wake Forest. Kick-off is set for 3:30 PM, and the game will be broadcast regionally on ABC.

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The Game: Wake Forest (0-0) at Clemson (0-0) 3:30 PM

Location: Memorial Stadium, Clemson, SC (81,473)

TV Coverage: ABC Regional (Announcers: Gary Geroud, Mike Golic, Vince Welch)

Radio Coverage: 104.9 WCCP FM

Spread: Clemson is favored by 12 over Wake Forest.

Coaches: Clemson's Tommy Bowden is 38-24 (56-28 overall) in his sixth season in Tiger Town, while Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe is 18-18 (51-51-1 overall) through his first three years in Winston-Salem.

Injury Update: Clemson: LB Leroy Hill (Sprained ankle) Probable, LG Chip Myrick (Mononucleosis) Probable, DE Vontrell Jamison (broken arm) Probable, RB Duane Coleman (broken foot) Out, DT Rashaad Jackson (broken foot) Out, FS Roy Walker (torn ACL) Out for the season. Wake Forest: OG Arby Jones (shoulder) Out, WR Nate Morton (bruised knee) Out, LB Brandon Drumgoole (broken finger) Out, DE John Finklea (achillies) Out.

Special Note: The Clemson Athletic Department encourages all fans to arrive as early as possible on Saturday to avoid potential traffic problems. Also note that the stadium will not open to the general public until 90 minutes before kickoff. In year's past, it's been two hours.

CUTigers Coverage
* Jim Grobe Quotes on Clemson
* Quick Hits with Chansi Stuckey
* Quick Hits with Charlie Whitehurst
* 5 Keys to Dumping the Deacs
* Wednesday Evening Practice Update
* Conference Openers Mean More
* Q&A with Jamaal Fudge
* Leroy Hill Misses Practice
* Press Conference Audio
* Q&A with Justin Miller
* Tommy Bowden Press Conference
* Quick Hits with Jesse Pickens
* Monday Evening Practice Report
* Tigers Set to Battle Wake Forest
* Quick Hits with Vontrell Jamison
* Tigers Confident for Opener
* Tiger Pre-Game Show Returns
* Clemson - Wake Now a Rivalry?

The Forecast: Temperatures are expected to be in the mid-80's on Saturday with a 30% chance of showers. Winds will be from the East Northeast at 6 mph.

The Series: Clemson leads the series overall by a count of 53-15-1. However, the Deacons got the best of the Tigers last season, 45-17. Wake Forest has also had some success in Death Valley recently. In 2002, 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.

What to watch: In last year's 45-17 loss, the Clemson offense had the ball just one time in the first quarter and faced an early 14-0 deficit. Two turnovers later, a close game turned into a romp as Wake Forest cruised to an easy 28-point victory.

This year, Wake Forest returns as the top rushing teams in the ACC. Led by the league's top returning rusher, Chris Barclay, the Deacons figure to use their misdirection running attack to confuse and frustrate opponents once again this season.

Defensively, the Tigers must play assignment football and not over pursue. The Deacons utilize multiple formations and employ a scheme that takes advantage of an aggressive defense. Up front, the Tigers must win the battle at the line of scrimmage, meaning defensive tackles Eric Coleman and Trey Tate have to be at the top of their games.

On offense, Clemson will face a 4-3 scheme after Wake Forest switched from a 3-3-5. The Tigers have the advantage when it comes to talent, but Charlie Whitehurst must find a way to get his team into the endzone when close. Quick passes to Chansi Stuckey and Airese Currie should be a common theme early on, but the Tigers must also maintain a healthy run-pass mix to keep the Deacons' defense honest.

An early lead could signal an easy victory, however if Wake Forest can demonstrate continued success on the ground, the game could be closer than most expect.

Don't forget: The Tiger Pre-Game Show will be broadcasting live from the Lawn at Littlejohn from 10:00 to 12:30 Saturday afternoon. You can listen to the show on 104.9 WCCP FM in the upstate, or anywhere in the world at http://www.wccpfm.com.

Tickets: Available at 1-800-Clemson And at Clemson ticket office at Memorial Stadium High School Gate: Tickets for students high school age and under will be available for $8 at Gate 11 beginning at 2:00 PM. Stadium Gates Fans may enter the stadium at 2:00 PM.

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