Location: Carter Felony Stadium, Raleigh, NC
Kickoff: 7:30 pm, Thursday, September 19, 2013
Coverage: ESPN (TV)
What to expect in this one? Good question. New coach Dave Dooeereen(n) has a big assignment getting his young charges ready for this game. Still, Clemson looked crappy at times versus SC State a few weeks ago. Also, the Wolfpack is a heady 2-0, just like Clemson. Will the Tigers get it together and silence the crowd in Raleigh?
Keys to the Game: If Clemson can stop Wolfpack QB Pete Thomas late in the game like they did Aaron Murray at UGA in the season opener, the Tigers should roll. Clemson needs to grind the ball at the Wolfpack's defense and utilize Tajh and Sammy to stretch the field when necessary. I know, I know, cliche. Still, the Tigers need to stick to their gameplan and not do anything that might bite them in the ass, like fake punts or kicking field goals on third down. Keep it simple, win the game, go home and get ready for Wake next week.
Prediction: Clemson 31, NC State 17.