While the first half of the season featured games against two of the better defensive teams on Clemson's schedule in Florida State and Virginia Tech, the second half features a different set of challenges, including facing one of the top passing offenses in the country in Boston College.
Central Michigan and Wake Forest are also capable of scoring points as well.
Here's a look at the second half of the Tigers' schedule, with projected spreads in parenthesis:
Oct. 20: CENTRAL MICHIGAN (Tigers by 20.5)
The Chippewas are not the team they looked to be during the offseason. The offense has been explosive at times but a strange loss to North Dakota State (44-14) would leave one to believe this will be an easy homecoming victory. QB Dan LeFevour will test the Clemson secondary but don't look for this one to be close as Central Michigan's defense is currently ranked 113th out of 119 FBS schools.
Oct. 27: AT MARYLAND (Terps by 3)
What once looked to be a game Clemson would be favored by at least a touchdown looks much more difficult now. Maryland defeated a top 10 Rutgers team on the road last weekend before beating Georgia Tech at home on Saturday. The Terps have a solid defense and their offense appears to be coming around under QB Chris Turner, who completed 10-of-17 passes for 255 yards and a touchdown Saturday against the Yellow Jackets. This now appears to be the most pivatol game on the schedule ... a win here and a good bowl game is still in obtainable.
Nov. 3: AT DUKE (Tigers by 8.5)
Do not sleep on the Duke Blue Devils. The offense can put points on the board behind QB Thaddeus Lewis (currently No. 2 in the ACC in passing efficiency and total offense) and Clemson has traditionally struggled in the lackluster atmosphere in Durham. Also, the Blue Devils have the No. 1 kickoff return man in the league in Jabari Marshall. While a loss here would be unacceptable under any circumstance, Duke will upset at least one more team on its 2007 schedule.
Nov. 10: WAKE FOREST (Tigers by 3)
The pesky Deacs are at it again, quietly moving up the ACC standings with one of the weakest schedules in the conference. Assuming QB Riley Skinner remains healthy, this game will be anything but a walk in the park as the last five years have proven. At this point, Wake Forest should be considered the favorite in the Atlantic division behind Boston College. Expect nothing less than a dogfight.
Nov. 17: BOSTON COLLEGE (Eagles by 4)
The Eagles are currently ranked No. 4 in the country and have one of the top players in college football in QB Matt Ryan. Considering the success B.C. has had against Clemson the past two seasons, this is another major obstacle to overcome.
Nov 24: AT SOUTH CAROLINA (Gamecocks by 7)
At the halfway point of the season, South Carolina is the better team. Interesting to note in each of the last couple of years, the better team mid-year is generally the worse team at the end of the season. But right now, with a young defense and the tough running of Cory Boyd and Mike Davis, the Tigers would be the clear underdog in the season finale in Columbia.
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