Louisiana-Monroe (0-1) @ #25 Clemson (1-0, 1-0 ACC), Saturday, September 8th, 1PM EST, ESPN Gameplan.
The Line: Clemson -27.5
Edge goes to:
Special Teams: Clemson
Our panel of DFIG "experts" say:
Chili: I expect this to be a relatively easy win for the Tigers, no surprise there. What may come as a shock is the revelation that the Warhawks put up 40 points against a Kentucky team that punked us in the Music City Bowl, a feat we couldn't come close to. As App State taught us last week, never overlook a team, and I don't think the Tigers will here. This game and Furman might be tuneup games for the road trips to NCSU And GT to follow. The passing game and extremely dodgy sounding "stallions" package will be tweaked, starters will hopefully be rested, and Willy Korn will see his first minutes as Clemson quarterback, at which time the clouds will part so God Himself can watch Korn toss the pigskin. L-M's quarterback was just 7-21 against Tulsa on August 30th and will need a much better performance to keep it close against the Tigers. The Tigers hopefully put together a full four quarters of offensive execution and win this one easily.
Clemson 38, Louisiana-Monroe 10
The Tigers are going to turn out the Warhawks and have them doing ATMs and DVDA nightly before they knew what hit 'em.
Willy Mac: Blow out city. La Monroe, or La Lafayette, or La Tech, or whoever it is we're playing can only hope to keep it close for a quarter or two. You don't need me to tell you what to expect. I am looking forward to Korn as well. This will be a great opportunity for Willy K. (We gotta start doing that so as to separate the two of us) to start getting everything right at game speed. It'll also give Bowden an opportunity to appease the zombie hordes calling for Willy Korn to start over Cullen Harper.
Clemson 56, La Monroe 13
Seigler: Well, since we made the last game close, I don’t think this one will be. Though our second half against FSU makes me doubt that Clemson is as good as many fans would like to think. Our defense was solid, so I would expect that Louisiana Monroe won’t get many opportunities to score. I won’t call this a complete shutout, but it will be close to one. I’m just hoping that Clemson is not already looking past this week and next weeks games. Clemson’s offense under Cullen Harper was a very pleasant surprise though, despite not doing so well in the second half. I realized that when it was 21-0 on Monday in the first 17 minutes, that it will be a while before we see Willy Korn on a regular basis. I do think that when this game does become a blowout, that Tommy might let his true freshman take the helm for a couple of downs. If the Tigers can put up 24 against FSU, I think we can easily double that against LMU. This is an easy opportunity for the team to work out any kinks discovered in the last game.
Clemson 45 Louisiana Monroe 6