Clemson is coming off a disappointing loss to Florida State. The loss will in all likelihood keep the Tigers out of the ACC Championship game and it will certainly keep them out of the national title picture. Despite those facts, the Tigers need to keep that one loss from turning into a streak. Clemson plays Boston College on Saturday.
The Eagles are one of the worst teams in the ACC, but they are capable of pulling an upset or two this season. Clemson can’t dwell on the Florida State loss this week, or else BC will catch them off guard and win this game.
Boston College currently has 48th ranked scoring defense in the country, giving up an average of 22 points per game. That is good news for Clemson, who has the 22nd ranked scoring offense. The Tigers will score in this one, but can they stop the Eagles passing attack?
Clemson’s defense isn’t great; the Tigers struggles on defense are well documented. Last week Florida State was able to put up 49 points on Brent Venables unit, and FSU quarterback E.J. Manuel had a career day. Manuel threw for 380 yards and two touchdowns.
Manuel’s performance must have BC quarterback Chase Rettig licking his chops for Saturday.
If you were asked who was the ACC’s most prolific passer through four weeks? You would probably give the obvious answers of E.J. Manuel or Tajh Boyd, but you would be wrong. The play caller from Boston College is the correct answer.
Rettig is averaging 317 passing yards a game, good enough for 16th in the nation. Rettig’s performance has been a surprise, considering he lost his best returning wide receiver and tight end over the summer. The key matchup in this game will be Rettig vs. Clemson’s secondary.
If the secondary doesn’t step up then Clemson will have a major problem come Saturday. I think that Rettig will have a field day against Clemson, but Tajh Boyd will bounce back and outscore the Eagles. It seems that it will be all on Clemson’s offense if they are going to avoid the letdown upset and win this one.