5 Keys to Victory
1) No Hangover – The players and coaches have said the right things this week to quiet the talk of a Miami hangover. It is still somewhat of a concern. In my opinion, it is not as much of a concern from just Miami. This football team has played three grueling games to start the year. Nobody plays 11 games perfect, and it is a concern that the close games could begin to wear on Clemson. Thus far, Clemson has thrived in close situations.
2) Stop the run – Head coach Tommy Bowden has not spent all week talking about Boston College’s offensive line for nothing. They are big and talented. Boston College can overpower you, but if there is a criticism to be found, it is that they are a little stiff up front. This is the area other teams have been able to take advantage of and slow them down. Clemson has good speed on the defensive line and could use a variety of stunts to get in the backfield.
3) Cash In – Boston College is a team that likes to limit the positions of their opponent. Last week, the Eagles ran 90 plays and FSU only had 57 plays. When Clemson has an opportunity to score, it is important they cash in. The Eagles do not make a lot of mistakes, but when you make a mistake against them, it costs you. Clemson has made improvements in the red zone since the Texas A&M game, and they will need to find the end zone on Saturday.
4) Defensive Backups – It is going to be 95 degrees on Saturday. Defensively, Clemson rotates pretty frequently any game. This Saturday the rotation will increase some more. There will be second team and possibly third team guys that are asked to make a play in a big situation. Both teams face the same situation and Clemson has the edge in depth. A player like Dorrell Scott or Cortney Vincent, who has played sparingly or not all, will be thrust into action on Saturday.
5) DEATH VALLEY - It was an amazing atmosphere against Miami last weekend. The atmosphere against Miami was simply special. Clemson will not be able to duplicate that atmosphere to the same level again. Again, it is a noon kickoff and for the first game of “Fall” it will be 95 degrees, and those two factors hurt the crowd. With all of that said, there is no reason the crowd will not up for this game. Boston College is not as attractive as Miami, but that may not matter this year. It is a reoccurring theme that people say this team is fun to pull for. The standing ovation as the players left field against Miami let me know the crowd would be ready for Boston College.