Dan Scott: Clemson - La Tech Prediction


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DIV>I'm not going to say I told you so. At least not yet.


 

But I knew the Magic Helmet was dialed in last week when North Carolina
came calling, and I can sense the kind of success we experienced...well, it's
been so long ago I can't really remember when it was. But, by golly, I know it
happened sometime.

 

Anyway, on to today's pick:

 

Louisiana Tech at Clemson

 

When Clemson Has The Ball

Louisiana Tech lost nine starters from last year's defense, and it's showed
in the numbers. Clemson's mode of operation may be much like it was last week
vs. North Carolina - control things with the run, pass infrequently but
effectively. However, don't be surprised if Will Proctor comes out throwing in
the early portion of the game, based on what the Bulldogs try to do defensively.
Either way, Clemson should move the ball very effectively.

ADVANTAGE - Clemson

 

When La. Tech Has The Ball

Jack Bicknell's offensive philosophy usually has his team throwing the ball
with regularity. Clemson fans will recall facing the Bulldog passing game in the
Humanitarian Bowl a few years back, and then again a couple of years later at
Death Valley. This should be a big game for Gaines Adams and Co. on the
defensive line. Let's see how much pressure they can put on the
quarterback.


ADVANTAGE - Clemson

 

Special Teams

Kickoff coverage? Fixed. Placekicking? Ditto. Now it's time for this facet
of Clemson's game to move beyond what Tommy Bowden calls "average" and start
making big plays - block a punt, return a kickoff or punt for big yardage. Just
a hunch, but I believe this unit responds this week.

ADVANTAGE - Clemson

 

Coaching

Bowden's assistants seem to be earning their paychecks across the board.
Defensive coordinator Vic Koening's young defense has responded to adversity.
Rob Spence's offense has looked better and better each week. Special teams looks
to be improving. The line play has been solid...Kind of scary, eh?

ADVANTAGE - Clemson

 

BOTTOM LINE

The only thing that keeps Clemson from being successful and rolling over
La. Tech Saturday night is Clemson. Do they have the killer instinct again this
week? Here's believing they do.

 

THE PICK

Clemson 48, La. Tech 13

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