Clemson’s football players and staff went nearly three months without a break prior to last week’s bye week. As they were running thru their eight game winning streak, the physical and mental toll was overshadowed by the joy of winning. But after losing at Georgia Tech in their last outing, the Tigers werer glad to get that break to recharge their batteries for the home stretch.
Clemson will play its final home game Saturday against Wake Forest and will claim the ACC Atlantic Division title with a win. The Tigers are heavy favorites to do just that though Wake Forest is a quality opponent with a difficult offense to defend.
The Demon Deacons do most of their damage thru the air. Sophomore quarterback Tanner Price averages 239 passing yards per game. His top target is Chris Givens who has 58 catches for an ACC high 985 yards and 8 touchdowns. The running game has been hurt by the hamstring injury to standout sophomore tailback Josh Harris. He sat out the last two games but could be back this week.
Clemson’s offense will be bolstered by the return to health of tailback Andre Ellington. He missed the Georgia Tech game nursing a sprained ankle and had just seven carries the previous game against North Carolina. Not coincidentally, the Tigers did not rush for 100 yards in either of those games. The Tigers are averaging an ACC best 304 passing yards per game and are second in the league in total offense, behind Georgia Tech, at 473 yards per game. And they are the league’s top scoring team at 38 points per game.
Saturday’s game will kickoff at 12:01 PM and will be televised on ESPNU