It wasn’t too long ago that the Clemson Tigers were defeated by the Florida State Seminoles on their own home turf — and badly. It was an ugly game, but the Tigers look to have rebounded since that game, winning three straight games in blowout fashion, looking like a BCS team.
On the other side of the field, The Citadel Bulldogs look to provide the upset of the year with a win over the Tigers on the road. However, they are just 5-6 on the season and the FCS squad doesn’t look like it has enough firepower to take down the second-best team in the ACC.
While Tajh Boyd‘s Heisman hopes may be all but over, he has looked solid since the team lost to Florida State. Boyd has passed for 2,960 yards and 24 touchdowns on the season while hitting his favorite target, Sammy Watkins, 71 times for 1,086 yards and nine touchdowns. Martavis Bryant has emerged as the solid No. 2 receiver, catching 34 passes for 698 yards and four touchdowns. Roderick McDowell leads the rushing attack with 737 yards and four touchdowns on 5.2 yards per carry.
The Citadel look to be a purely rushing team. The quarterback situation has been a bit cloudy as Ben Dupree has started all 11 games for the team, but has split time with two other guts. Dupree hasn’t been very impressive, passing for just 578 yards and three touchdowns to just one interception. The rushing attack is much better, however, as Dupree leads all rushers with 939 yards and 18 touchdowns on the ground. Darien Robinson is close behind, rushing for 921 yards and seven scores.
Defensively, the Bulldogs allow over 28 points per game while also allowed just over 375 yards per game. Clemson, on the other hand, allows just 21.6 points per game while keeping teams to just 386 yards per game — 26th and 43rd in the nation, respectively.
The Citadel will travel to Clemson to take on the Tigers at 12 p.m. EST on Saturday, Nov. 23. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN 3.
PREDICTION: Citadel 14, Clemson 38