Tom O’Brien will lead NC State into Death Valley this weekend to face 11th ranked Clemson. O’Brien’s Wolfpack team is 6-4 overall and 3-3 in the ACC. The Tigers have been steam rolling ACC competition the past several weeks, making quick work of the likes of Wake Forest, Duke and Maryland.
O’Brien isn’t sure his team will be able to slow Clemson down because, as he said, “no one else has” to this point. He knows his defense will be challenged early and often against the Tigers.
“They are averaging about 28 points in the first half, so what they’ve done is they’ve come out and jumped on people right away,” O’Brien said Wednesday on the ACC conference call. “I don’t know that you can stop them. I think you have to try to contain them and slow them down. That’s the best thing we can do.”
Clemson has won a school record 12 straight games at home. They’ve also won seven of the past eight against the Pack, including the last four meetings at Death Valley. State won last year’s game 37-13 in Raleigh.
AUDIO: Tom O’Brien on Clemson [2:47]