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Boston College Opens ACC Slate Against Clemson

Will BC have an answer for playmaking running back and return man C. J. Spiller?

Let’s break down the latest installment of the “Battle for the Leather Helmet” as BC will be seriously tested for the first time this season in Death Valley, home of the rabid Clemson Tiger fans. BC has not had much competition in their two home games thus far, soundly defeating Northeastern and Kent State.

Boston College (+7) at Clemson  (Total Points 45)

Quarterback

We all know about the Justin Tuggle- Dave Shinskie duo, who have combined for four hundred yards, five touchdowns, and one turnover. They have proven more than serviceable against inferior competition. Kyle Parker starts for Clemson although many local fans wanted uber-recruit Willy Korn in the huddle. Parker’s 420 yards passing and five touchdowns are impressive, but his 47 % pass completion is not.

ADVANTAGE: Slightly Clemson

Running Back

Sophomores Montel Harris and Josh Haden are a one-two combo in every sense of the word. Instead of a sophomore slump, they look even better, especially Harris who looks terrific. Clemson returns RB C.J. Spiller, only the most explosive player in the ACC. Spiller battled injuries earlier this year, but it seems like everything will be fine for Saturday.

ADVANTAGE: Even

Wide Receiver

Boston College trots out Rich Gunnell, the ACC’s active leader in receptions, yards, and touchdowns, along with Colin Larmond, who may be the team’s most improved player. TEs Chris Pantale and Lars Anderson are serviceable in both the blocking and passing game. Clemson WR Jacoby Ford is a game breaker and deep threat whenever he is on the field. He had five catches, 109 yards and a touchdown against Georgia Tech last week so expect some more of that. The second receiver, Marquan Jones, has already eclipsed his career yards (37) and touchdowns (zero) in two games. So don’t expect a lot of Marquan.

ADVANTAGE: Slightly BC

Offensive Line

Boston College brings in a veteran line, with the exception of RG Emmett Cleary. C Matt Tennant and OT Anthony Castonzo both look to be all-ACC selections. Clemson’s line returns all their starters from last year, where so many players got hurt that a student assistant had to suit up.

ADVANTAGE: Slightly BC

Defensive Line

Boston College’s line is the quintessential solid line. No names in particular stick out, but look for DT Damik Scafe to have a big day creating piles in the middle of the line. Clemson’s defensive line, on the other hand, looks incredible on paper with DE Ricky Sapp living up to his billing with 11 tackles (3.5 for loss) and three quarterback hurries. DT Jarvis Jenkins also looks like he’ll be a keeper.

ADVANTAGE: Clemson

Linebacker

Luke Kuechly, Anthony DiSanzo, and Domenick LeGrande all have surpassed Boston College’s expectations. They are young and fast and shut down Kent State superstar RB Eugene Jarvis. Clemson LB Branden Maye looks like a future first rounder as he has amassed 22 tackles already. He leads a group of very experienced linebackers.

ADVANTAGE: Clemson

Defensive Back

Boston College SS Marcellus Bowman might be one of the biggest hitters in the NCAA while CBs DeLeon Gause and Roderick Rollins are experienced and serviceable. Clemson also brings experience in stars CB Chris Chancellor and SS DeAndre McDaniel.

ADVANTAGE: Slightly Clemson

Special Teams

Boston College’s kicking game with K Steve Aponovicius and P Ryan Quigley is negated by Clemson’s electric duo of Spiller and Ford.

ADVANTAGE: Even

Prediction

If I were a gambling man, I’d pick the under on the 45 line. Other than that, nothing looks to be a sure bet. Will Tuggle take control of the game which Spaziani insinuated? Will Kuechly, DiSanzo, and LeGrande play up to ACC level? Will C.J. Spiller run wild or come in to the game uninspired after a tough loss to Georgia Tech? For my two cents, I think Boston College will struggle on offense, but also limit Spiller to a tune of three yards a carry. I also feel that my man Kuechly will do something big to get his name out there on a national level. With that, I feel Clemson will edge out BC in a game of field position 17-13.

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