Boston College Eagles at Clemson Tigers (-24.5)
3:30 p.m. – ESPN2/ABC – XM 85 – Sirius 85 – #BCvsCLEM
There is but just one big, elephant in the room question when it comes to Saturday’s ACC Football contest between the Boston College Eagles (3-2, 1-1) and the Clemson Tigers (5-0, 3-0) at Death Valley. Will Clemson enter this game already focused on next week’s epic battle looming with the Florida State Seminoles?
It has been pretty clear in Head Coach Dabo Swinney‘s press conferences and post practice comments this week that he and his staff has this team focused on Boston College. The team seems to be fully bought in to the challenges the Eagles pose and that they cannot fulfill their goal and destiny with a unprepared effort and loss to Boston College.
“These guys know that this week (Boston College) is the biggest game of the year,” Swinney said Tuesday. “This is a good football team that will challenge us. This is a confident team. They have our full attention. If you don’t play well and win, Florida State isn’t the big story on Monday. You don’t get any mulligans in this sport”
And Boston College is a decent opponent, but one Clemson should take care early to keep any hope of a upset celebration in Chestnut Hill on hold.
The Eagles are pretty much middle to the bottom of the ACC in every statistical category which is a little bit of a surprise. Chase Rettig is a capable and experienced quarterback who does have some solid targets to lean on. A key to any chance for BC will be the explosiveness of special teams extraordinaire Spiffy Evans. With a punt return or kick return and a catch here or there on offense, Evans has the ability to keep the Eagles close with his big play ability.
But this Clemson team is just too deep and too talented on both sides of the ball. Tajh Boyd should have another huge passing day while Vic Beasley should continue his beast mode with Rettig in his sights.
Tigers win this game and cover, 55-17, setting up the dream match up with the Noles in Clemson next weekend.