27 September 2006


La Tech (1-2) @ Clemson (3-1, 2-1 ACC), Saturday, September 30th, 7 PM, ESPNU, XM Satellite Radio

The Stats

Line: Clemson by 34.5
Clemson leads the all-time series 2-0, having previously met in 2002 and in the 2001 Humanitarian Bowl in Boise, Idaho. Clemson comes off a 52-7 spanking of the University of North Carolina while La Tech comes off a 45-14 beating at the hands of Texas A&M.

Edge goes to:

Offense: Clemson


Special Teams: Clemson

Clemson, unless they are looking ahead to Wake Forest.

Statistical Stunners:
Clemson sports some impressive numbers on offense this season. The Tigers average 426 yards per game, good for 19th in the nation. Their 41.5 points per game as a team ranks them at 3rd in the country. James Davis is tied for 3rd in the nation in individual scoring with 54 points, 13.5 a game. Clemson leads the ACC in total offense, rushing offense, scoring offense, first downs and third down conversion percentage. Clemson is tied for first in the ACC in allowing sacks. Clemson’s offensive line has given up just four in four games, tied with North Carolina and Georgia Tech.

Our panel of DFIG "experts" say:

Chili: Many people expected a letdown for the Tigers last week but they rose to the occasion and peckerslapped the boys in baby blue 52-7. While I am just as concerned about a letdown this week, especially with recent roadblock Wake Forest looming on the horizon, I think the Tigers will have absolutely no problem with La Tech. LTU sports a respectable pass offense that should keep Clemson on its toes. I expect to see a lot of action from our reserves again this week, with the running game excelling and perhaps a bit more emphasis put on our passing game than last week as we gear up for a probably undefeated WFU.
Clemson 49, La Tech 14

A graphical representation of this coming Saturday's game.

Willy Mac:
This game is going to be as one sided as a rabid wolverine in a cage with a kitten. I don't think Clemson will cover though. Vegas is like a little ADHD kid when it comes to spreading teams that aren't a biggun (Texas/USC/ND/etc). Oooh, Clemson scored a lot of points last week, this week they're gonna win by infinite (insert involuntary sugar seizure here)! I think it's kinda funny how there are always going to be teams that get beaten down. The only selling point is that you get a free education, but it's not even worth it in most cases. What would possess a person to go to La Tech just to get whupped up on in the fall for a free education? I only hope that Tommy does like he did last week and keep the big dogs on the field until the game is entirely out of hand (somewhere around 49 to 56 points). My favorite line from last weeks game via the announcers: "Clemson has put away the Dobermans and the Pit Bulls and they've brought out the puppies. UNC STILL can't match up." All cylinders will be running... expect an ass tanning. I don't expect them to beat the spread but I'm picking that they do.
Clemson 45, La Tech 6
Clemson DT Donnell Clark lines up against the La Tech Center.