ACC Football Clash In Chestnut Hill: Clemson vs. Boston College

The stage is set tonight. College Gameday coming to Chestnut Hill as the #2 Clemson Tigers visit the #17 Boston College Eagles on a Saturday night in Massachusetts. The ACC Atlantic is on the line as the 7-2 Boston College Eagles try to upset the 9-0 Clemson Tigers. This game will be about toughness, physicality, and grit in this Saturday night 20-degree weather. This ACC clash will also be about the keys on offense and defense for both sides. Let’s take a look at the keys to the game for both the Clemson Tigers and the Boston College Eagles.

Keys To The Game For Clemson

Besides offense and defense, the Clemson Tigers need to bear the cold weather to win. The weather may play a factor for Boston College the home team and Clemson’s freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence‘s passing ability. If he can adjust quickly and get the passing game going it will help the Tigers to victory. Lawrence leads Clemson in passing statistics this season with 1549 yards and 18 touchdowns along with only 3 interceptions. If the Tigers could get 200-250 yards passing and 2-3 touchdowns that would help a lot in this harsh environment.

In the run game Travis Etienne leads the stable with 998 yards and 15 touchdowns. With Etienne, Feaster, Choice, and Dixon all rushing if the Tigers running backs could score 2-3 touchdowns total it would be a big key to victory. On the defensive side, the Tigers need to hold AJ Dillon in the run game to under 125 yards and 1 touchdown.

This defensive front of Clelin Ferrell, Christian Wilkins, Dexter Lawrence, and Austin Bryant will need to shut down the run game of Boston College. The defense as a whole needs to create turnovers in the form of fumbles and interceptions. The Clemson defensive line can force the fumbles and the secondary can force interceptions on Boston College’s quarterback Andrew Brown. If the Tigers do these things they may take a win home with them.

Keys To The Game For Boston College

Boston College has home field advantage in Chestnut Hill and will need to use that in their favor. They will need to pump this crowd up and create high volumes of noise to rattle this Clemson offense. Being used to the cold weather also is an advantage that the Eagles have.

The offense needs to pass against this Clemson defense to have a chance at winning. Andrew Brown leads the Boston College Eagles in passing with 1567 yards and 16 touchdowns. This offense can’t afford to turn the ball over if they want to win which means no interceptions and no fumbles.

AJ Dillon leads the rushing game with 897 yards and 8 touchdowns this season. They will need 2-3 touchdowns in both categories to have a shot at winning against Clemson tonight. The defense will need to create turnovers if they want to win as well.

The Clemson offense is scoring 47.8 points per game and Boston College will need to cut it in half if the Eagles want to keep it close. If the Eagles cut the Tigers possessions to less, Clemson may not score as many points. Boston College will need to grind it out and abide by these keys to the game to pull out an upset.

This College Gameday ACC clash is possibly the last chance at an upset against the Tigers. Boston College is a big threat to the Tigers chances at a 10-0 record and an overall perfect season. Clemson comes in as 19.5 spread favorites but look for this ACC Game Of The Week to be a close one. It’s a battle of the Clemson Tigers and the Boston College Eagles in Chestnut Hill Massachusetts tonight.


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