LOCATION: Memorial Stadium, Clemson, S.C. (77,381)
TV: Jefferson-Pilot/Raycom [Coverage Map]
RADIO: 104.9 WCCP FM
SPREAD: Clemson by 3.5.
COACHES: Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden is 64-34 overall and 46-30 in his seventh season at Clemson. Boston College head coach Tom O'Brien is 49-30 in his ninth season with the Golden Eagles.
SERIES: Clemson holds a 7-5-2 advantage in the series with Boston College, a series that dates to the 1939 season and the January 1, 1940 Cotton Bowl. The last meeting between Clemson and Boston College took place in Boston in 1983, a 31-16 Eagles victory. Clemson had a 16-3 lead with 25 minutes left in the game, but the Eagles went on a 28-0 run to end the game behind Doug Flutie. Flutie was 20-36 for 223 yards and two touchdowns against a Clemson defense that featured All-American William Perry. The Eagles gained 504 yards of total offense on the night, 281 rushing and 223 passing. It was Clemson's only loss in 1983 (9-1-1).
BOSTON COLLEGE KEY PLAYER: DE Mathias Kiwanuka. A sensational athlete, Kiwanuka is an explosive and disruptive force on the field, making plays in every direction. Tough to handle, he is fast off the edge or in pursuit and has the ability to be used in space. Widely considered one of the top prospects available for the 2006 NFL Draft.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "Boston College is third in the nation against the run. You put a wrinkle in the game plan every week. With 30 different formations you have a lot to pick and choose from. Our ability to run the football is a concern. But we are going to continue what we do, we just need better results." -- Tommy Bowden on the importance of establishing the run against Boston College.
FORECAST: Skies are expected to be partly cloudy Saturday afternoon with temperatures in the upper 80's. Winds will be out of the east northeast at 5 to 10 mph.
INJURY REPORT: Clemson: DT Trey Tate (groin), DT Rashaad Jackson (shoulder), WR Rendrick Taylor (wrist) are banged up, but expected to play. TE Cole Downer is likely out for the year after having his spleen removed last Saturday. Boston College: QB Quinton Porter is listed as a gametime decision (ankle sprain). WR Jason Lilly (ankle) and TE Ryan Purvis (knee) will not play.
KEY STAT: Boston College QB Quinton Porter leads the ACC in completion percentage this year, connecting on 62-of-86 passes for 589 yards, five touchdowns and just one interception.
* Whitehurst Remains Confident
* Welcome to the ACC
* Bowden Closely Watching Punt Team
* Roy's Picks: Week No. 4
* Tigers Aware of BC's Physical Nature
* Wednesday Clemson Football Notebook
* Wednesday Bowden Comments
* Tuesday Injury Report
* No Rest for the Weary
* What We are Hearing...
* Tuesday Player Audio
* Bowden's Tuesday Press Conference
* Game Notes
* Focus: The Ground Game
* A Miami Hangover?
* Depth Chart
WHAT TO WATCH:
When Clemson has the Ball: The Tigers will be facing the nation's third ranked rushing defense. Somehow, Clemson must figure out a way to run the ball against a physical defensive front that possesses both excellent size and experience. In doing so, the Tigers must account for DE Mathias Kiwanuka, one of the top defensive prospects in the country for next year's draft. The Tigers have more team speed, and have the edge against Boston College's secondary, which ranks 79th in the country against the pass. Keep an eye on Clemson wide receivers Aaron Kelly and Kelvin Grant against a short BC secondary.
When Boston College has the Ball: The health of senior quarterback Quinton Porter is critical for the Eagles' chances on the road. Porter (6-5, 220), sprained his right ankle in the third quarter of last week's 28-17 home loss to Florida State and only practiced one day this week. If Porter can't go, sophomore Matt Ryan gets the call. Boston College has a plethora of quality backs, including Andre Callendar, a player that was actively recruited by Clemson. Wide receiver Will Blackmon, a former defensive back who has moved to offense, gives Boston College a highly skilled wide out with ample speed. Defensively, the Tigers must find a way to combat the size of the Eagles' offensive line, which averages 6-6, 317 pounds per man. Clemson must also find a way to limit missed assignments, which has hurt the team in two of three games.
Intangibles: Keep an eye on each team on fourth down, as both programs are struggling in the punting department: Boston College has had two punts blocked this year, Clemson has one. The Tigers also currently rank 104th in the country in net punting. Field position will be critical in this game, especially early. Also, both teams are coming off of emotional home losses against nationally ranked teams. How will they respond? Both placekickers are off to strong starts, Clemson's Jad Dean is tied for third in the nation in field goals per game, connecting on 9-of-10 for the season, and Boston College's Ryan Ohliger has converted 4-of-5 on the young season.
DE Mathias Kiwanuka
Head coach Tom O'Brien celebrates last year's win over North Carolina in the Continental Tire Bowl.
WR Will Blackmon
RB Andre Callendar was Boston College's leading rusher last year.