The Clemson Tigers have been struggling to live with the loss that they suffered two weeks ago at the hands of the Florida State Seminoles. While it looks like the Tigers’ ACC title hopes are dashed a bit, they still have just one loss and are one of the top-10 teams in the nation looking for a BCS bowl berth.
On the other side of the field, the Virginia Cavaliers have been a mediocre team, at best, in 2013. Sitting at 2-6 and playing one of the best teams in the nation in week 10, the Cavaliers have the likely chance to lose their seventh game of the season and lose out on a chance to be bowl eligible.
Clemson may have lost a tough one at home just a couple weeks ago against a rival ACC foe, but it looks like they still have the mindset of ACC title favorites — a very good thing. Tajh Boyd leads the passing attack with 2,243 yards and 17 touchdowns on the season with a favorable schedule remaining. Sammy Watkins has bounced back this season and is in his freshman-year form — or even better. Watkins has caught 58 passes for 813 yards and five touchdowns on the year as one of the most electric wide outs in the nation.
Virginia isn’t necessarily a powerhouse on offense this season, ranking 99th in the nation in points per game. However, quarterback David Watford has been pretty solid for the Cavaliers, completing over 60 percent of his passes for 1,715 yards and seven touchdowns. The only problem with the sophomore quarterback is his decision-making — he has thrown nine interceptions on the year. Kevin Parks has been the other lone bright spot in the offense, running for 614 yards and nine touchdowns for the 68th-ranked run offense.
Defensively, the Tigers rank 30th nationally in points allowed per game as well as 54th in yards allowed with 393 per contest. The Cavaliers don’t have the same intensity on the defensive side of the ball. Virginia ranks 78th in points allowed and 90th in yards allowed per game.
Clemson will travel to Virginia to take on the Cavaliers at 3:30 p.m. EST on Saturday, Nov. 2. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN.
PREDICTION: Clemson 37, Virginia 16