Dan Scott: Temple vs Clemson Prediction


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Well, it finally happened.



 


After missing the N.C. State pick last week (remember, I wanted the Tigers to
"show me," having previously never won an ESPN Thursday night game) the
"Please Dan pick the other team so Clemson will win" emails started rolling
in.


 


Well, trickling in, anyway. Two or three of them. But that's two or three too
many.


 


But, just as we're about to shelve the ol' Magic Helmet for a week, here come
the Temple Owls. That's worth at least one more shot before putting the MH on
waivers...


 


When Clemson Has The Ball


No James Davis in the backfield means increased playing time for fifth-year
senior Kyle Browning. He will split time with Reggie Merriweather in Clemson's
running game, a ground attack the coaching staff hopes can generate more
yardage than Miami did vs. the Owls a week ago. The Hurricanes rushed for just
34 yards on 33 carries and, though Miami won the game 34-3, the rest of
Clemson's offense feeds off its running game. So watch for the Tigers to
attack Temple between the tackles, then open up and let Charlie Whitehurst
throw the ball around.


ADVANTAGE - Clemson


 



When Temple Has The Ball


The Clemson defense played its best game in weeks last time out vs. N.C.
State, confusing the Wolfpack offense and surprising their players with
improved team speed. Temple is expected to start a redshirt freshman
quarterback Saturday, and the last time that happened Boston College's Matt
Ryan picked the Tigers apart. Unfortunately for Temple, Ryan remains on the
Eagles' roster. Watch for Clemson to be more aggressive rushing the passer
this week.


ADVANTAGE - Clemson


 


Special Teams


Even though Clemson has had a punt blocked in each of its last two games and
its kick return coverage has been lacking, this is the kind of game for
everyone to get well. Some national publications have Tigers kicker Jad Dean
listed as the best in the nation.


ADVANTAGE - Clemson


 


Coaching


Tommy Bowden and staff had an excellent game plan vs. the Wolfpack, sold it to
the players and they performed. Both sides of the ball seem to be getting more
comfortable as time goes on. Meanwhile, at Temple, Bobby Wallace has already
resigned effective at the end of the season, becoming the latest in a long
line of clipped Owls.


ADVANTAGE - Clemson


 


Bottom line here: Temple is terrible. Everyone knows it. The question is will
Clemson be focused enough to take care of business, or will they overlook the
Owls and take them too lightly? At this writing the line is Clemson by 36.
They may not cover the spread but they'll win going away.


 


And if the Tigers lose? I'll inquire about singing the national anthem before
the Florida State game.


 


THE PICK


Clemson 42, Temple 10

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