The Clemson Tigers are heading into week seven with their temporary thoughts places on the Boston College Eagles, but they know full well that in two weeks, they will be playing in the ACC game of the season against the Florida State Seminoles. Dabo Swinney‘s squad needs to remain focused because Boston College could be the perfect trap game.
On the other side of the field, the Eagles know that they are not the top priority on the minds of the Tigers and they will be playing with absolutely nothing to lose. Sitting at 3-2 with losses in two of the past three weeks, the Eagles have the opportunity to pull off the upset of the year.
Clemson is led by star quarterback and Heisman-hopeful quarterback Tajh Boyd. The quarterback has come back for his senior season to win championships, not personal awards, but he could end up doing both in 2013. Leading the Tigers to a perfect 5-0 record through six weeks, the quarterback has 1,449 yards and 14 touchdowns for the 11th-ranked pass offense in the nation. Sammy Watkins is becoming the same player he was two seasons ago at wide receiver, catching 29 passes for 481 yards and three touchdowns.
Boston College is struggling on offense so far in 2013. The Eagles rank 108th nationally in passing yards per game behind quarterback Chase Rettig. This team doesn’t pass the ball often, but Rettig completes about 64 percent of his passes and he has 891 yards and nine touchdowns through the air this season. While the Eagles don’t accumulate that many rushing yards per game, Andre Williams is one of the top running backs in the nation with 768 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground.
Defensively, Clemson ranks 35th in the nation, allowing just 356.6 yards per game to go along with just 16.6 points per game — ranking 16th nationally. Boston College allows just over 415 yards per game and 26.8 points per game — good news for Boyd and Watkins.
Boston College will travel to Clemson to take on the Tigers at 3:30 p.m. EST on Saturday, Oct. 12. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN 2 and ESPNU.
PREDICTION: Boston College 10, Clemson 38