With one of the ugliest losses at home in the history of Clemson Tigers football, Dabo Swinney‘s team must recover in order to still make a push at a conference title. The Tigers lost to the Florida State Seminoles at home by an embarrassing score of 51-14. It’s time for the Tigers to step up and make a statement a week after a tough loss.
On the other side of the field, the Maryland Terrapins started the season off red-hot but have since cooled off considerably. The Terrapins began the season 4-0 and were ranked in the top-25 but suffered the same fate against Florida State as the Tigers did — they were blown out by a ridiculous score of 63-0. Maryland is now 5-2 and looking to become bowl eligible.
Clemson is still one of the best teams in the ACC despite a laugher of a loss in week eight, but Tajh Boyd must express his veteran leadership in order for such a thing to never happen again. The senior quarterback is one of the best in the nation and his 1,939 passing yards and 19 touchdowns are a solid mark for him as he might surpass his career-high totals for a season. Sammy Watkins has caught 44 passes for 650 yards and five touchdowns on the season — the one guy that can bail Boyd out at every opportunity.
Maryland is glad to have quarterback C.J. Brown back after suffering an injury in the loss to the Seminoles. The senior dual-threat quarterback has been solid this season, passing for 1,262 yards and seven touchdowns while rushing for another 251 yards and six touchdowns in just six games. Don’t forget about talented wide out Stefon Diggs who is quite possibly the biggest star on offense. He has caught 34 passes for 587 yards and three touchdowns on the season.
Defensively, the Terrapins rank 45th in points allowed per game while also ranking 27th in yards allowed per game with just over 350 per contest. Clemson’s defense took a bit of a hit after the blowout loss to Florida State, dropping to 26th nationally in points allowed per game and 54th in yards allowed per game.
Clemson will travel to Maryland to take on the Terrapins at 3:30 p.m. EST on Saturday, Oct. 26. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN.
PREDICTION: Clemson 35, Maryland 21