LOCATION: Clemson, South Carolina (77,381)
TV: ABC Regional [Coverage Map]
RADIO: 104.9 WCCP FM
SPREAD: Miami by 6.5.
COACHES: Head coach Tommy Bowden is 64-33 overall and 46-29 in his seventh season at Clemson. Larry Coker is 44-7 in his fifth season with Miami.
SERIES: This will be the seventh meeting between Clemson and Miami (FL) on the gridiron. Miami (FL) has a 4-2 edge in the series that dates to 1945. This will be just the seventh meeting, but the third time both teams have entered the game ranked in the top 20. The other occasions were in 1950 and 1956. This will be Miami's first ever trip to Clemson. The Tigers won 24-17 in the Orange Bowl last season.
MIAMI KEY PLAYER: RB Tyrone Moss. Moss rushed for 102 yards in the season opener and expects to start against Clemson on Saturday despite a bruised lower leg. If healthy, he gives the Hurricanes a dynamic threat in the offensive backfield.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I think it's going to be important for our crowd to a factor in this game. It's awful difficult to operate at the line of scrimmage here (at Memorial Stadium) at times. I want to encourage the crowd to make it difficult when they have the football." -- Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden.
FORECAST: Temperatures are expected to be in the mid to upper 80's Saturday afternoon under clear skies. Winds will be the northwest at 8 mph.
* Miami QB Ready for Second Start
* Herbstreit's Comments Motivate Tigers
* Thursday Clemson Football Notebook
* Whitehurst Confident in New Offense
* Moss Expecting to Start
* Wednesday Clemson Football Notebook
* Coleman Makes Move with Class
* Kickoff Returns an Issue?
* Miami Fear Factor?
* Tigers Move Up in Rankings
* Miami - Clemson Depth Chart
* What We are Hearing...
* Koenning Sees Improvement
* Coker: We Won't Be Intimidated by Clemson
* Tuesday Player Audio
* Bowden's Tuesday Press Conference
* Tommy Bowden Monday Comments
* Game Notes
WHAT TO WATCH:
Weather the Storm - The Hurricanes came out with a vengeance to open the game last year against Clemson. After scoring on their first drive, it appeared as though Miami would cruise to an easy win after posting a 17-3 halftime lead. It never happened. The Canes came out flat in the second half, and the Tigers took advantage by scoring 21 consecutive points to sneak out of the Orange Bowl with a shocking overtime. Saturday afternoon, Clemson must weather the storm again. Even better, an early lead would help provide even more confidence to a team that already feels like it can compete and defeat anybody on the schedule.
Miami QB Kyle Wright - Wright has one career start under his a belt, a 10-7 loss to Florida State on Sept. 5 in Tallahassee. But he finished the night completing a respectable 16-of-28 passes for 232 yards and a touchdown to go along with two interceptions. How will he perform in his second hostile environment on the road? Clemson must get pressure on Wright, who is deceptively fast, and hit him hard when given the opportunity. Wright has plenty of natural talent, but little game day experience. Not surprisingly, one of the keys to his success will be the support of a strong ground game. If Clemson can't stop Miami on the ground, Wright could have a field day in the second half.
Clemson Secondary - The Tigers have had their ups and downs in the defensive backfield through the first two games of the season. Against Maryland, Clemson was burned deep on four occasions even though a Tiger defender appeared to be in position to make the play more than once. The Canes have more speed at the skill positions than either one of Clemson's first two opponents, which means the chance for big plays could go up if the Tigers don't buckle down. Also, keep an eye on tight end Greg Olsen, one of the most athletic players at his position in the country.
Turnovers - Tommy Bowden said earlier this week that a big reason his team is 2-0 is because his offense has yet to turn the ball over. He's right. And another mistake-free game in the turnover department against a team like Miami is critical in pulling the upset.
Tyrone Moss - Running back Tyrone Moss gives the Hurricanes an explosive threat in the backfield, but he's banged up with a "leg bruise." Rumors swirled earlier this week about a possible hairline fracture, but Moss denied the claim, stating it was "just a little bruise." Expect Moss to start Saturday, and if he's healthy - lookout. He could be the difference between a win and a loss for the Canes. If he isn't close to 100%- advantage Clemson.
CB/KR Devon Hester
Head coach Larry Coker
WR Sinorice Moss