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The Game: N.C. State at (4-3, 3-2) Clemson (3-4, 2-3)
Location: Memorial Stadium, Clemson, SC (81,473)
TV Coverage: ESPN-2
Radio Coverage: 104.9 WCCP FM
Spread: N.C. State is favored by 1.5 points over Clemson.
Coaches: Clemson's Tommy Bowden is 41-28 in his sixth season in Tiger Town (59-32 overall) and N.C. State's Chuck Amato is 38-20 in his fifth season with the Wolfpack.
Injury Update: Clemson: Roy Walker (FS)-Torn ACL, out for the season Rashaad Jackson (DT)- broken foot, out for he season Eric Sampson (WHIP)- broken Jaw at Virginia, out Chansi Stuckey (WR)- doubtful, hamstring suffered against Maryland Anthony Waters (LB)- probable, knee and ankle injury suffered against Maryland. N.C. State: Dovonte Edwards (CB)- probable, Merci Falaise (OL)- out, Leroy Harris (OG/C)- questionable, Derek Morris (C)- out, Jed Paulsen (C)- out, Marcus Stone (QB)- out.
Series: Overall, Clemson has a 44-27-1 lead in the series, including an 18-11 record in games played at Clemson. The Tigers are 15-11 against N.C. State in games played in Death Valley. Clemson is 11-11-1 against NC State in neutral site games and 15-15 in games at Raleigh over the years. N.C. State has an 11-7 lead in games played in Carter-Finley Stadium.
Forecast: Temperatures are expected to be in the upper-70's for Saturday's noon kickoff. Skies should be mostly cloudy with winds from the west southwest at 8 mph.
* O'Cain Talks Offense
* Richardson Talks N.C. State
* Pre-game Notes
* 5 Keys to Whipping the Wolfpack
* Bowl Scouts Coming Saturday
* Pack Looking to Rebound
* Late Season Push
* Press Conference Player Audio
* Don't Call Him Superman
* Tommy Bowden Press Conference
* Clemson Football Notebook
* Wednesday Practice Report
What to Watch: The Tigers are coming off two strong defensive performances against Utah State and Maryland. In both games, Clemson limited the opposition to less than two hundred yards of total offense and 13 total points.
N.C. State is improving offensively under first-year quarterback Jay Davis. The Wolfpack rang up over 400 yards and 31 points of offense against nationally ranked Miami last week in a 14-point loss. RB T.A. McClendon, and his health, will once again be critical for the Wolfpack offense. When McLendon is 100%, N.C. State can be deadly.
Offensively, the Tigers continue to struggle any sort of rhythm this season, but Reggie Herring's press man coverage could present big play opportunities. Charlie Whitehurst has to be accurate with the deep ball Saturday, and at least one receiver has to go over 100 yards and a touchdown to give Clemson a chance to win.
Up front, the Tigers must also find a way to deal with defensive ends Mario Williams and Manny Lawson, two of the most productive defensive linemen in the ACC.
The Tigers have a clear advantage on special teams, where Jad Dean continues to excel on field goals and kickoffs, and Justin Miller dominates in the return game.
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 7 AM for all the pre-game coverage you can handle from Scott, Roy, and Brett!