The Clemson Tigers (5-0, 3-0) are ready to host the Boston College Eagles (3-2, 1-1) in ACC Football action on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on ABC locally and on ESPN2 nationally.
It is an important game for both teams for completely different reasons. The Tigers, coming off a big, emotional win on the road against the Syracuse Orange, 49-14, are looking to make a statement against the Eagles in preparation for the battle with the Florida State Seminoles on October 19 at 8 p.m. at Death Valley. Boston College is looking to capture a signature win for its program as the trap game for Clemson.
Quarterback Tajh Boyd became the third player in ACC History to tally 10,000 Total Yards in a career with his 455 yards passing. On the season, Boyd is 103-141 for 1,449 yards and 14 touchdowns passing and has 1,604 Total Yards with 18 Total Touchdowns.
But the body of work that is 2013 is the real difference between the Eagles and the Tigers.
Clemson is third in the ACC in Scoring at 44.2 points per game, is 10th in Rushing at 175 yards a game, first in Passing at 343.2 yards per game and is second in Total Offense at 518.2 yards per game. Nationally, the Tigers are 13th in Scoring, 66th in Rushing, 11th in Passing and 14th in Total Offense. Defensively, Clemson is fourth in Points Allowed at 16.2, 12th in Rushing Yards Allowed at 171.2, fourth in Passing Yards Allowed at 185.4 and eighth in Total Yards Allowed at 356.6. Nationally, the Tigers are 16th in Points Allowed, 80th in Rushing Yards Allowed, 18th in Passing Yards Allowed and 36th in Total Yards Allowed.
Boston College is 10th in Scoring in the ACC at 27.4, seventh in Rushing at 188 yards per game, 12th in Passing at 178.2 yards per game and 11th in Total Offense at 336.2 yards per game. Nationally, the Eagles are 79th in Scoring, 53rd in Rushing, 110th in Passing and 95th in Total Offense. Defensively, BC is ninth in Points Allowed at 26.8 per game, 14th in Rushing Yards Allowed at 198.8 per game, seventh in Passing Yards Allowed at 208.8 per game and is 13th in Total Yards Allowed at 407.6 per game. Nationally, the Eagles 65th in Points Allowed, 103rd in Rushing Defense, 36th in Passing Defense and 75th in Total Yards Allowed.
Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney has always pointed out his Tiger teams will try and exploit the weakness of its opponents. Based on the body of work for both teams to this point, Swinney will look to establish the run early on offense and will blitz a lot on defense. Clemson is tied for No. 1 in the Nation in sacks with 19 and Tackles for A Loss with 50 so far in 2013. Individually, Vic Beasley leads the nation with eight Sacks and is fourth in Tackles for a Loss with 10.
Stats don’t lie and right now things are looking solid for the Tigers as they begin their prep for the Eagles. But teams don’t go out and win games on paper.