GAME: No. 12 Clemson (5-1, 3-1) vs. Temple (0-6) 7:30 PM
LOCATION: Charlotte, N.C., Bank of America Stadium (73,400)
SPREAD: Clemson by 43.5
COACHES: Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden is 57-34 (75-38 overall) in his eighth season with the Tigers. Temple head coach Al Golden is 0-6 in his first year with the Owls.
SERIES: This is the third meeting between
Clemson and Temple. Clemson has won both
meetings by the same score, 37-7. The 1991
Tigers won at Death Valley by that 37-7 count,
then the 2005 Tigers won at home by that
score. This is the first meeting between the two
schools outside of Clemson.
INJURIES: Clemson- LB Tramaine Billie (ankle) out, LB Anthony Waters (ACL) out, WR Chansi Stuckey (foot) out, RB Reggie Merriweather (ankle) questionable, DT Etta Etta-Tawo (heart) out, Rendrick Taylor (arm) out.
CRAZY STAT OF THE WEEK: When the Tigers face Temple tonight, it will mark the first time the Clemson football team has played in an NFL stadium since 2003 when the Tigers defeated sixth-ranked Tennessee in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at the Georgia Dome, the home of the Atlanta
Falcons. That win actually broke a five-game
losing streak for the Tigers in NFL stadiums.
This will mark the first time Clemson
CRAZY STAT OF THE WEEK II: Temple has scored five touchdowns all year and has been outscored 245-41.
FORECAST: Sunshine during the day with a high of 74F. Winds will be out of the northwest at 5 to 10 mph. Thursday night temperatures are expected to 49F under partly cloudy skies. Winds will be light and variable. Chance of rain 30%. (weather.com)
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What to Watch: When Clemson has the Ball- The Tigers will be facing the nation's 117th scoring defense tonight in Charlotte. In other words whatever way Clemson chooses to move the ball will likely be effective. Look for a heavy dose of James Davis, C.J. Spiller and Reggie Merriweather early in the game, and Demerick Chancellor and Paul Macko in the second half. Back ups Cullen Harper and Tribble Reese should also significant time at quarterback.
When Temple has the Ball- The Owls rank 117th in the nation in scoring offense and have managed just five touchdowns all season. Meanwhile the Tigers are now 16th in scoring defense and 7th in rushing defense. On paper, this game is a mismatch on both sides of the ball.
Special Teams- If ever there were a time to get Clemson's special teams in order, this would be it. Jad Dean struggled with his extra points last week and could use a shot of confidence with a strong game tonight. If he falters, Bowden will be forced to use walk-on John Early. In addition, the Tigers must do a better job on kickoff coverage.
Intangibles- Temple is bad. Really bad. But Bowden has challenged his team this week during practice to play better than they did the week before and work on the problems that have kept the Tigers from the ranks of the unbeaten. The score will be lopsided, but Clemson must improve its play on special teams to build confidence headed into a brutal two-week stretch against Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech.
PREDICTION: Clemson 60 Temple 9
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