Dan Scott Prediction: Maryland vs Clemson


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QUARTERBACK



Charlie Whitehurst's engine looks to be sputtering to a start after the last
couple of weeks. Maryland's Joel Statham almost lost his job to freshman
Jordan Steffy this week.


ADVANTAGE - Clemson


 


RUNNING BACK


The tandem of Duane Coleman and Reggie Merriweather looked good against Utah
State. The question is can they step it up against better competition? The
Terps are looking for playmakers at this spot.


ADVANTAGE - Clemson


 


WIDE RECEIVER


Is Michael Collins an emerging story, or a one-time thing? Again, Maryland
needs playmakers here, but some of that is due to poor quarterback play.


ADVANTAGE - Even


 


OFFENSIVE LINE


The legend of Barry Richardson is beginning to grow. Folks are getting called
out of offices to see blocks he's made on tape.

ADVANTAGE - Even


RUN DEFENSE


Clemson held Utah State to minus 20 yards rushing last week. But consider the
competition. They've stopped very little else so far this year.


ADVANTAGE - Maryland


 


PASS DEFENSE


If recent history holds true, expect the Terps to play press man coverage
combined with a lot of blitzes. For Clemson, Statham's struggles could lead to
turnovers.


ADVANTAGE - Even


 


SPECIAL TEAMS


This category is virtually even. The one difference here could be at place
kicker, where Jad Dean has one official career attempt, while Maryland's Nick
Novak is among the nation's best.


ADVANTAGE - Maryland


 


THE PICK


Hard to pick against the Fridge until the Tigers beat him once...


Maryland 17, Clemson 13

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