Game Capsule

The Clemson Tigers return to Death Valley for Homecoming today against Utah State. Kickoff is set for 1 PM.

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The Game: Utah State at (2-4) Clemson (1-4, 1-3)

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

TV Coverage: None

Radio Coverage: 104.9 WCCP FM

Spread: Clemson is favored by 22 points over Utah State.

Coaches: Clemson's Tommy Bowden is 39-28 in his sixth season in Tiger Town. Utah State's Mick Dennehy is 18-33 in his fifth season with the Aggies.

The Series: This is the first ever meeting between the Clemson Tigers and the Utah State Aggies.

Weather: Temperatures are expected to be in the lower 60's for Saturday's 1 PM kickoff, but a chilly wind will persist from the west southwest at 17 mph. Coverage:
* Quick Hits with Charlie Whitehurst
* Friday USU Notes
* Williamson Ready to Show the Fans
* Aggies Anxious to Face Clemson
* Aggies Anxious to Face Clemson
* Running Game: Work in Progress
* Tigers Set to Battle Aggies...Again
* 5 Keys to an Aggie Redemption
* Receivers Banged Up
* Tommy Bowden Press Conference
* Billie Anxious to Start
* "We've Got to Do Something"
* Problem Area: Third Down
* Sampson Temporarily Out

What to Watch: It's Homecoming at Clemson University, and when the Tigers play on Homecoming, they generally win. Clemson is 28-3-2 on Homecoming since 1971, with their last loss coming in 2001 to North Carolina.

Offensively, the Tigers must find a way to get into a rhythm and continue to protect the football. The Clemson coaching staff hinted that they will try to put their team in a position to make more big plays, which could mean more deeper patterns to Airese Currie early in the game. Utah State also struggles defending the run, so don't be surprised to see a healthy dose of Duane Coleman early on.

Defensively, the Tigers must key on the Aggies passing attack. QB Travis Cox is an accurate passer with several weapons at his disposal, including WR Tony Pennyman, who has 29 receptions for 449 yards and two touchdowns on the season. Cox, who was a second team All-Sun Belt performer last year has had problems with turnovers this season, throwning 13 in six games. Utah State has also had trouble moving the ball on the ground, ranking 115th in the country in that category.

Don't Forget: The Tiger Pre-Game show will be broadcasting live from the Lawn at Littlejohn Saturday morning. Tune in to 104.9 WCCP FM at 8 AM for all the pre-game coverage you can handle from Scott, Roy, and Brett! Top Stories