Clemson (5-0) vs Boston College (3-2)
Clemson once again has put itself in the driver’s seat in the ACC and will try to maintain its momentum against the conference doormats when it visits Boston College on Friday (Enter Contests). The third-ranked Tigers, who served notice with their 42-36 home win over then-No. 4 Louisville last weekend, will try to extend a pair of impressive winning streaks. A 19-game regular-season run and an 11-game string in ACC play. Despite that, Clemson should know how much of a struggle it was to get out of Chestnut Hill the last time the Tigers paid a visit in 2014. Boston College eked out a 17-13 triumph.
As quarterback Deshaun Watson goes, so go the Tigers. The junior recorded season highs of 306 yards and five touchdowns in the thriller against Louisville. He also collected a season-best 91 rushing yards and has been sacked only twice this season, giving him enough time to consistently find the likes of Mike Williams (25 catches, 373 yards, two TDs) and Ray-Ray McCloud (24, 271, two). Watson registered 420 yards in last year’s 34-17 win over the Eagles.
Senior linebacker Ben Boulware is coming off a monster performance in which he registered a career-high 18 tackles (three for losses), a fumble recovery and a pass deflection. It was good enough to earn him ACC Player of the Week honors at his position. Clemson has won seven in a row on the road, one shy of matching the longest run in program history (1978-79).
ABOUT BOSTON COLLEGE
On the other side of the coin are the Eagles, who have dropped 10 straight conference affairs, including a 49-0 rout at the hands of Virginia Tech on Sept. 17. Although the level of opponent had a lot to do with it, the Eagles have to be pleased with their improvement on offense, as they averaged 445 total yards in their last two games after being held to 124 by the Hokies. Boston College followed its ugly loss to the Hokies with consecutive non-conference victories, including a 35-3 rout of Buffalo on Saturday.
Patrick Towles threw four TD passes with no interceptions in the wins over Wagner and Buffalo after recording two scores through the air and four picks in the first three games of the season. The Eagles lead FBS teams in total defense (202 yards allowed per game) and are seventh in rushing defense (78).