Dan Scott Prediction: Clemson - Texas A&M


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QUARTERBACKS

Even though he's still making plays, folks have been slightly concerned about
Charlie Whitehurst being inconsistent through two games. Better than his
counterpart Reggie McNeal, who's been inconsistent his entire career.
ADVANTAGE - Clemson

RUNNING BACKS

Kyle Browning and Reggie Merriweather provided a much-needed boost to the
Clemson rushing attack last week, warranting more carries for both tonight.
Duane Coleman could return, but nobody knows how effective he can be. For the
Aggies, Courtney Lewis is a proven 1,000-yard rusher running behind a big
offensive line.

ADVANTAGE - Aggies



WIDE RECEIVERS

After a breakout first game, Chansi Stuckey had just one reception vs.
Georgia Tech. Curtis Baham dropped one touchdown pass but caught another last
week, while Airese Currie and Kelvin Grant were steady. As a group, Clemson
recievers dropped five passes vs. the Yellow Jackets.

ADVANTAGE - Clemson

OFFENSIVE LINE

Clemson's line has been better than most thought early on, allowing only one
sack and paving the way for 199 yards against Georgia Tech last week. The Aggies'
front five averages 6-foot-4, 313 pounds and blocked well for Lewis last year.

ADVANTAGE - Aggies

RUN DEFENSE

Clemson's defensive line has performed better than expected, and Leroy Hill
has been his usual stellar self at middle linebacker. Texas A&M starts two
freshman along the defensive line, and another at middle linebacker.

ADVANTAGE - Clemson

PASS DEFENSE

Clemson cornerbacks Justin Miller and Tye Hill had their problems at times
last week, but both also made a number of plays. However, when you get
interception opportunities, it's best to take advantage of them. The Aggies'
secondary is mostly a veteran group, save for freshman Japhis Brown at strong
safety.

ADVANTAGE - Clemson

SPECIAL TEAMS

The Tigers have been outstanding in almost every facet of this category
through two games. Jad Dean sailing kickoffs through the back of the end zone
was a welcome sight for the coaching staff. Stephen Furr needs to get away from
his make one/miss one pattern on field goals.

ADVANTAGE - Clemson

THE PICK

Clemson 34, Texas A&M 17


Dan Scott covers Clemson University for the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Seneca Daily Journal/Clemson Messenger and TigerNet. He also hosts SportsTalk from 9 a.m.-Noon, Monday-Friday, on WCCP-Fm, 104.9. Click here for Dan Scott's SportsTalk discussion board.

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