Dan Scott Prediction: Clemson vs. Duke


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QUARTERBACK

Charlie Whitehurst looked more comfortable last week than he has at almost any point this season. He is returning to the site of his first career start.

ADVANTAGE - Clemson



RUNNING BACK

Reggie Merriweather's tough running vs. Miami caught the attention of folks all over the country. Duke has talent here, but it's all young and unproven.

ADVANTAGE - Clemson



WIDE RECEIVER

While Airese Currie continues to have a marvelous senior season, consistent second and third options still are being sought. Chansi Stuckey's ankle may keep him on the sidelines.

ADVANTAGE - Clemson



OFFENSIVE LINE

Was the second half vs. Miami the best half of the season for this group? It certainly was impressive.

ADVANTAGE - Clemson



RUN DEFENSE

After a slow start last week, the front seven put a clamp on Miami's Frank Gore and, by extension, shut down the Hurricane offense. They, too, are getting better every week.

ADVANTAGE - Clemson



PASS DEFENSE

Justin Miller has settled down after a bumpy start to the season, and Tye Hill has been consistent. Right now the secondary is playing the way it was hyped in the preseason.

ADVANTAGE - Clemson



SPECIAL TEAMS

Jad Dean missed his final three field goal attempts last week, but his run on the fake punt vs. Miami was the signature play of the game. Miller could have a big day if the Blue Devils kick the ball his way.

ADVANTAGE - Clemson



Sorry Clemson fans. No reverse mojo this week. There's no way I can pick Duke to win. Although, despite giving the Tigers every category above, there's always a chance the team can struggle in Wallace Wade. Clemson is just 13-11 all-time at Duke.



THE PICK

Clemson 31, Duke 17

Dan's Picks


Prediction Actual
Wake Forest 30 Clemson 34 Wake Forest 30 Clemson 37 2OT Correct
Georgia Tech 17 Clemson 27 Georgia Tech 28 Clemson 24 Incorrect
Texas A&M 17 Clemson 34 Texas A&M 27 Clemson 6 Incorrect
Florida State 31 Clemson 28 Florida State 41 Clemson 22 Correct
Virginia 28 Clemson 10 Virginia 30 Clemson 10 Correct
Utah State 21 Clemson 41 Utah State 6 Clemson 35 Correct
Maryland 17 Clemson 13 Maryland 7 Clemson 10 Incorrect
N.C. State 31 Clemson 20 NC State 20 Clemson 26 Incorrect
Clemson 21 Miami 27 Clemson 24 Miami 17 OT Incorrect

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