Game Capsule

The 25th ranked Clemson Tigers will do battle with Texas A&M Saturday evening at Kyle Field in College Station, TX. This will be the first time since 1974 that these two teams have squared off on the gridiron.<BR>

The Game: #25 Clemson (1-1, 1-1) at Texas A&M (1-1, 0-0) 7:00 PM ET

Location: College Station, Texas: Kyle Field (82,600)

TV Coverage: TBS (National)

Radio Coverage: 104.9 WCCP FM

Spread: Clemson is favored by 3 over Texas A&M.

Coaches: Clemson's Tommy Bowden is 39-25 (57-29 overall) in his sixth season in Tiger Town, while Texas A&M head coach Dennis Franchione is 5-9 (160-82-2 overall) in his second season in College Station.

Injury Report: Clemson: RB Duane Coleman (foot) Probable, DT Cory Groover (ankle) Questionable, DE Charles Bennett (knee) Probable, DT Donnell Clark (hand) Probable. Texas A&M: WR Terrence Murphy (hamstring) Questionable.

The Series: Clemson has only faced the Aggies twice, the last time coming in 1974. Both times, Texas A&M won the game. Current Clemson offensive coordinator Mike O'Cain started at quarterback against the 20th ranked Aggies in a 24-0 loss that year. "I don't remember much about that game," O'Cain said with a smile on his face earlier this week.

CUTigers Coverage
* Quick Hits with Chansi Stuckey
* Franchione Comments on the Tigers
* Texas A&M: Make or Break?
* Tiger Pre-game Show Invades College Station!
* 5 Keys to Whipping the Aggies
* Quick Hits with Tommy Sharpe
* Press Conference Player Audio
* Quick Hits with Justin Miller
* Make or Break?
* Quick Hits with Coach O'Cain
* Tigers Set to Battle A&M
* Tommy Bowden Press Conference
* An Insiders' Guide to College Station
* Tigers Look Towards Texas A&M
* Previewing Texas A&M

The Forecast: Temperatures are expected to be in the mid 90's for Saturday's kickoff under mostly sunny skies.

What to Watch: Texas A&M QB Reggie McNeal is athletic and likes to run, however he's often struggled with his accuracy when it comes to the passing game. Last week, he got back on track after a tough start against Utah by completing 17-of-24 passes for 298 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for 44 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries. His 342 total yards was a career high, and also ranks as the 9th best performance in A&M history.

The Aggies have also quality skill position players in RB Courtney Lewis and WR Terrence Murphy. Lewis rushed for over 1,000 yards last season and Murphy has the opportunity to leave College Station as one of Texas A&M's all time leading wide receivers.

Defensively, the Tigers will have to attack an Aggie secondary that looked vulernable against nationally ranked Utah in the season opener. The Aggies gave up 582 yards against the Utes, but held Wyoming to 181 total yards, including minus-3 yards on the ground a week ago.

Interestingly enough, the Clemson coaching staff visited Utah this summer to gain knowledge about the Utes' complicated offensive scheme and will likely implore similar tactics against the Aggies on Saturday.

Up front, the Aggies are inexperienced but big, and two freshmen start on both the offensive and defensive lines. Texas A&M averages 314 pounds up front on the O-line, and 292 on defense.

Interesting Note #1: The Tigers will face Texas A&M in a nationally televised game on WTBS. The last time the Tigers played on that network was 1982. Clemson defeated Virginia 48-0 that afternoon in Charlottesville.

Interesting Note #2: Clemson is 7-8 all-time against teams from Texas. The last time the Tigers won a game in the Lone Star state was the 1959 Bluebonnet Bowl.

Don't Forget: For those fans making the trip to Texas, don't forget the Tiger Pre-Game Show will be broadcasting in conjunction with the DFW Clemson Club at Duncan Field. Duncan Field is at the corner of Throckmorton and Lewis Drive, within walking distance of Kyle Field.

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