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The Game: Maryland at (3-3, 1-2) Clemson (1-4, 1-3)
Location: Memorial Stadium, Clemson, SC (81,473)
TV Coverage: Jefferson-Pilot
Radio Coverage: 104.9 WCCP FM
Spread: Clemson is favored by 3.5 points over Maryland.
Coaches: Clemson's Tommy Bowden is 40-28 in his sixth season in Tiger Town (58-32 overall) and Maryland's Ralph Friedgen is 34-11 in his fourth season with the Terps.
Series: Clemson holds a 27-23-2 advantage in the series with Maryland. The first game of the series was played in 1952, one year before both teams became charter members of the ACC. Maryland has won each of the last three games, including two in College Park and one at Clemson, but the Tigers have won eight of the last 11. Clemson had won eight in a row and 13 of 14 prior to Ralph Friedgen's return to his alma mater.
Forecast: Temperatures are expected to be in the low-60's for Saturday's noon kickoff. Skies should be mostly cloudy with winds from the east at 6 mph.
* What We are Hearing...
* Q&A with Tommy Bowden
* Collins Appreciates Opportunity
* The Maryland Secondary: Big Play Potential?
* Wednesday News & Notes
* Injuries Creeping Up Again?
* Tigers, Terps have Much to Prove
* Quick Hits with David Blackwell
* Special Teams Breakdown
* Tommy Bowden Press Conference
* Press Conference Player Audio
* Bowden Back on the Phone
* Tigers Set to Battle Terps
What to Watch: The Clemson defense is coming off a record setting performance last weekend against Utah State, and should have some much confidence headed into Saturday's game against the Terps. Clemson allowed the Aggies -20 yards rushing on the day, and the defense recorded 11 quarterback sacks in the 35-6 victory.
Meanwhile, Maryland has struggled tremendously on offense the last two weeks against Georgia Tech and N.C. State. The Terps have failed to gain 100 yards of total offense in each of those two games (both losses). QB Joel Statham will get the start Saturday, but don't be surprised to see true freshman QB Jordan Steffy in relief. Running backs Josh Allen (hip pointer) and Sam Maldonado (shoulder sprain) have been limited this week in practice, but both are expected to play.
Offensively, the Tigers finally found a rhythm last weekend against Utah State, rushing for exactly 200 yards in 29 point win. Charlie Whitehurst also caught fire in the second half, using his newly found weapon in WR Michael Collins to consistently move the chain. Against Maryland last season, the Tigers managed just 10 yards rushing in a 21-7 loss in College Park. That number will have improve if Clemson expects to win.
Special teams continue to be a strength for the Tigers in 2004, but Maryland also features one of the top kick returners in the country in Steve Suter. Word to the wise: don't head to the concession stands during any special teams play Saturday.
Don't Forget: The Tiger Pre-Game show will be broadcasting live from the Lawn at Littlejohn Saturday morning. Tune in, or wake up to 104.9 WCCP FM at 7 AM for all the pre-game coverage you can handle from Scott, Roy, and Brett!