Game Capsule

CLEMSON - No. 19 Clemson looks to improve to 2-0 in the ACC when it hosts Maryland Saturday afternoon in Death Valley, but it won't be easy.

GAME: Maryland (3-1, 0-0) at No. 19 Clemson (3-1, 1-0)

LOCATION: Memorial Stadium (81,500)

TV: RAYCOM

TIME: 12:00 PM EST

SPREAD: Tigers by 11.5

SERIES: Clemson holds a 30-24-2 advantage in the series with Maryland. The first game of the series was played in 1952, one year before both teams became charter members of the ACC. The two schools have played every year since 1952, the longest active continuous rivalry for the Tigers against an ACC school. Oddly enough, the visiting team has won each of the last three games of the series.

COACHES: Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden is 72-43 (90-47 overall) in his 10th season in Tigertown. He owns a 5-4 record against the Terps. Maryland head coach Ralph Friedgen is 59-32 (59-32 overall) in his eighth year in College Park. He currently owns a 4-3 mark against the Tigers.

MARYLAND KEY PLAYER: RB Da'Rel Scott. Scott has quietly emerged as one of the more explosive backs in the conference- which could spell trouble for Clemson's front seven if it doesn't play well Saturday.

CLEMSON KEY PLAYER: QB Cullen Harper. Harper hasn't played bad this season, he just hasn't lived up to preseason expectations thus far as the ACC's top player. The interceptions need to stop and the plays downfield are desperately needed to get the offense going.

INJURIES: Clemson: LB Stanley Hunter (ankle) questionable, OG David Smith (ankle) doubtful, P Dawson Zimmerman (hamstring) probable, DT Antwon Murchison (hamstring) out, DT Rashaad Jackson (quad) out, OG Barry Humphries (knee) out, Terrence Ashe (ankle) out, DT Jamie Cumbie (out) wrist, OT Chris Hairston (knee) questionable.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Every week you have something to prove. Every week you have to prove you are one of the top quarterbacks in the country. Or the top quarterback at the school. Stuff like that. I'm always going out to with something to prove and just trying to get better." - Clemson quarterback Cullen Harper.

FORECAST: Fall will be in the air Saturday afternoon in Clemson with temperatures expected to be in the high 70s under mostly cloudy skies. There is also a 30 percent chance of showers throughout the day. [ Updated Forecast ]

COVERAGE:
* Dan Scott Preview & Prediction
* NOTEBOOK: The Walking Wounded
* 1-on-1 with Cullen Harper
* BOWDEN: Two More Injured
* The 10-Year Trend
* Built Ford Tough
* Tuesdays with Vic
* Scott Rebuilding O-Line ... Again
* Depth Chart
* Tiger defense is toughing up
* Monday Morning QB: Upset Alert?
* BOWDEN: Tigers Prepare for Tough Terps
* NOTES: Maryland at Clemson
* Thursday Practice Notebook
* Big Games on ACC Slate This Week
* Spiller Talks QBs; Maryland Defense
* Game Notes

PREDICTION: Clemson 30 Maryland 23
With four of five starters back on its offensive line, Maryland presents plenty of problems for a defense that simply hasn't played that well through the first four games of the season. The Tigers should have success moving the ball, even with a banged up offensive line, but it will take 30 points to win this one in what promises to be a high-scoring affair.

TIGER PRE-GAME SHOW INFO: The Tiger Pre-game Show with Roy Philpott and Scott Rhymer will be broadcasting live from Lawn at Littlejohn from 6:00 AM to 9:00 AM Saturday afternoon. Tune in to 104.9 WCCP FM in upstate South Carolina or on the world wide web at wccpfm.com as we celebrate our 67th consecutive game broadcasting on location covering your Clemson Tigers.

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