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The Game: Clemson (4-4, 3-3) at #10 Miami (6-1, 3-1), 7:45 PM
Location: The Orange Bowl
TV Coverage: ESPN
Radio Coverage: 104.9 WCCP FM
Spread: Miami is favored by 17 points over Clemson.
Coaches: Clemson's Tommy Bowden is 42-28 in his sixth season in Tiger Town (60-32 overall) and Miami's Larry Coker is 41-4 in his fourth season in Coral Gables.
Series: This will be the sixth meeting between Clemson and Miami (FL) on the gridiron, the first since 1956, a regular season game won by Miami (FL) 21-0. That was a match-up of top 20 teams as Clemson was ranked #13 in the AP poll and Miami (FL) was eighth. Miami (FL) has a 4-1 edge in the series that dates to 1945.
Forecast: Temperatures are expected to be warm for Saturday night's 7:45 PM kickoff. The high Saturday is expected to be 79 degrees under partly cloudy skies (20% chance of showers). Winds will be from the northeast at 12 mph.
* Quick Hits with Tye Hill
* Gooden Anxious for Clemson
* Canes Confident in Defensive Turnaround
* Tigers Thinking Upset
* Tommy Bowden Press Conference
* Press Conference Player Audio
* Richardson Speaks Out
* Berlin Talks Clemson
* 5 Keys to Victory
* Tuesday Practice Notes
* Boise Not So Bad?
* Tigers Set to Battle Miami
* Turnovers Changing Season
* Bowden: Miami Trip Helps Recruiting
* Bowden's Sunday Teleconference
What to Watch: Defensively the Hurricances have struggled in recent weeks, giving up more than 400 yards of total offense and 30 points in each of their last three games. The Tigers must capitalize on any big play opportunities, especially against against a secondary that has been burned on the deep ball. DB Antrel Rolle is one of the most physically gifted defensive backs in the country, and figures to be a first round draft pick next April.
Offensively, QB Brock Berlin has grown up this year, but is still prone to make mistakes. The Canes possess tremendous speed on both sides of the ball, particularly at linebacker and the skill positions. WR Roscoe Parrish is a dangerous weapon that will likely draw a match up with Justin Miller.
Perhaps one of the most exciting battles that will take place Saturday will in the kick return game, where Miami's Devin Hester and Clemson's Justin Miller will square off. Hester can score anytime he touches the ball and has been utilized more on offense in recent weeks due to his big play ability.
Clemson's plan is to kick away from Hester using Jad Dean's strong leg on kick offs, and Cole Chason's accuracy on punts. The Canes will likely kick to Miller.
Don't Forget: The Tiger Pre-Game show will be broadcasting live from The Orange Bowl Saturday afternoon. Tune in to 104.9 WCCP FM at 2:30 PM for all the pre-game coverage you can handle from Scott, Roy, and Brett!