Dan Scott: Clemson - La Tech Prediction
CLEMSON vs. LA. TECH
Clemson hopes the speedy Astroturf plays to its advantage, especially where the running of quarterback Woody Dantzler is concerned. The fast surface also should benefit Clemson's young trio of freshman wide receivers - Derrick Hamilton, Airese Currie and Roscoe Crosby. The same should hold true for the pass-happy attack of La. Tech. Quarterback Luke McCown and his bevy of receiving weapons should be operating at top speed today. Cold weather likely won't be a factor unless it's accompanied by wind, rain or snow.
History says Clemson will have trouble stopping the pass (226 yards per game). History also says the Bulldogs will have trouble stopping the run (205 ypg). We may be here a while.
Both teams have been very successful kicking field goals. If points are scored at the expected rate, the punters will be non-factors.
Tommy Bowden is the son of a famous coach. Jack Bicknell III is the son of a famous coach. Bowden has two previous bowl trips as a head coach under his belt. Bicknell has none.
The brief history of the Humanitarian Bowl suggests this will be a high-scoring game. Who are we to argue with history? Clemson wins in overtime when a sudden gust of wind throws a McCown pass off target and into the hands of an unsuspecting Tiger defensive back. He immediately faints from shock, but holds on for the interception.
THE PICK: Clemson in an overtime shootout, 52-49.