Other than a pair of head-scratching mistakes from Parker in Clemson's 40-37 win over Miami, the Tiger quarterback threw for 326 yards and two touchdowns. For the third time this year, he attempted 37 passes. He completed 25 last week--the high this season.
RUNNING BACKS: It's tough to find and FBS running back who we'll take over C.J. Spiller. Finding an FCS running back that compares to Spiller--forget about it.
Spiller's Heisman campaign was rekindled against Miami. He's rushed for 547 yards and three touchdowns. Throw in the added dimension he brings as a pass catcher and you'll have a tough time finding a player in the country more valuable to his team.
C.J. Spiller's Heisman campaign received a serious boost with his 300+ all-purpose yards performance last weekend at Miami. (Roy Philpott)
The Coastal rushing attack is led by running back Eric O'Neal and fullback Tommy Fraser. Each has over 300 yards rushing this year.
Clemson's receivers vs. Coastal Carolina's Defensive backs
The Chanticleers have quality secondary, in terms of FCS statistic rankings: 11th in passing defense. Cornerbacks Josh Norman and Marcus Lott provide a good, young core in the Coastal Secondary. They're big too--both stand over 6-1.
Much the same as it is with Spiller; there are few FBS players who can match the speed and explosiveness of Jacoby Ford. Norman and Lott can hold their own in coverage against Ford, but not for long. Couple Ford's elite speed and savvy play, the Chanticleers could get burned.
Though tight end Michael Palmer- Clemson's second leading pass catcher- will sit on Saturday, Dwayne Allen could have a big day, especially if he finds himself matched up against a safety. Then again, Allen is also bigger and faster than any of the four starters Coastal has at linebacker.
Though tight end Michael Palmer- Clemson's second leading pass catcher- will sit on Saturday, Dwayne Allen could have a big day, especially if he finds himself matched up against a safety. (Roy Philpott)
Look for another 300+ yard day for Clemson's receivers, tight ends and running backs.
Clemson's Offensive Line vs. Coastal Carolina's Defensive Line
The Chanticleers runs three man defensive line that features nose guard Robert Balkunas manning the middle. The 290-pound Balkunas could have trouble filling the middle against a bigger, stronger Clemson interior line. Though Clemson center Dalton Freeman checks in at 280, he's got a considerable advantage athletically.
Unfortunately for Coastal fans, the Chanticleer defense gives up an average of 157 yards on the ground.
A healthy Chris Hairston is another added advantage. Clemson is 4-1 with Hairston in the lineup at left tackle. Clemson is 4-1 and averages 151 yards on the ground when he's playing. In the two games Hairston has been out, Clemson is 0-2 and average 99 yards on the ground.
Coastal Carolina's Offensive Line vs. Clemso's Defensive Line
Simply put, it's not hard to imagine the damage Clemson's starting front four should do to Coastal's offensive line. It wouldn't be fair to tackles Tim Franklin and Bryan Brooks to see Ricky Sapp and Da'Quan Bowers lined up before them deep into the second half. The scoreboard should dictate otherwise at that point, but the results could be the same against Malliciah Goodman and Andre Branch, as good a second-team duo you'll find coming off the edge.
Simply put, it's not hard to imagine the damage Clemson's starting front four should do to Coastal's offensive line. (Roy Philpott)
Clemson tackles Brandon Thompson and Jarvis Jenkins will eat up anything that comes there way before giving way to Jamie Cumbie, Rennie Moore and Miguel Chavis- who, by the way, will do just as well.
Coastal Carolina's receivers vs. Clemson's Defensive Backs
Don't be surprised if DeAndre McDaniel adds another interception or two to the seven he's made already. Heading into Saturday, he's tied for first in the nation with UCLA's Rahim Moore.
Toss in Crezdon Butler's cover skills and Rashard Hall's emergence as a ball hawking safety, it could spell a long day for Chanticleer quarterbacks.
Chris Chancellor's size is the only potential matchup disadvantage for the Clemson secondary. Coastal's top wide receiver Brandon Whitley stands 6-3.
Very similar to Clemson's search for a complimentary wide receiver, behind Whitley, Coastal's second and third best pass catchers are O'Neal and tight end David Duran.
The 79th best passing offense in the FCS will struggle against the one of the best secondaries in the country.
LINEBACKERS: Head-to-head, the Clemson linebackers are easily better than Coastal's. Brandon Maye leads the Clemson group from the middle. He's third on the team with 48 tackles. Kavell Conner has 46 tackles this year. He's played almost 100 fewer snaps than Maye.
Scotty Cooper is back after a two-week hiatus from a concussion suffered against Maryland. He'll back Kevin Alexander, who was named team defensive player of the week for his performance against Miami.
For Coastal, Derrick Frasier mans the inside with Desmond Steward. Frasier is a slight 210 pounds, but is second on the team with 35 tackles. Steward is first.
Outside linebacker Phillip Oboh leads the team with 4.5 sacks.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Ford and Spiller are the most explosive return combination in the country. Their speed is unmatched by any duo in college football. Spiller's 459 kickoff return yards almost matches the 474 return yards Coastal has as a team.
Clemson place kicker Richard Jackson is third best in the nation with 2.43 field goals a game. Coastal's Justin Durham leads the Chanticleers in scoring with 38 points. He's 9-12 on field goals and has connected on all 11 of extra-point attempts.
PREDICTION: Clemson 42 Coastal Carolina 3