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This week’s ACC and local matchups.
Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd (10) looks to pass against Syracuse on Oct. 5 in Syracuse, N.Y.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
BOSTON COLLEGE AT CLEMSON
3:30 p.m. Saturday | WSET
Boston College (3-2, 1-1) becomes the latest team seeking to contain No. 3 Clemson (5-0, 3-0). QB Tajh Boyd and the rest of the Tigers are averaging 44.2 points.
“We need to control the ball,” BC coach Steve Addazio said. “This team is so explosive. We’ve got to play a very physical football game. We’re not going to try to play a fast-paced game.
“We’ve got to tackle really, really well and we’ve got to get pressure on the quarterback and disrupt the rhythm and the timing of the offense. And that sounds great, but that’s really hard to do, especially against a team like this.”
Clemson hosts Florida State next weekend, but coach Dabo Swinney isn’t worried his Tigers will be looking ahead.
“The leadership and the experience of your team has to help safeguard against [that],” he said.
GEORGIA TECH AT BYU
7 p.m. Saturday | ESPNU
The Yellow Jackets (3-2), coming off back-to-back losses, head west to take on Brigham Young (3-2).
BYU squashed Georgia Tech 44-17 last year.
“They physically got after us,” Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said. “We’ve got to be a more physical football team than we were a year ago when we played them.”
NAVY AT DUKE
12:30 p.m. Saturday | CW5
Navy (3-1), ranked eighth nationally in rushing (294 ypg) with its option attack, visits Duke (3-2).
“What’s hard to mimic [in practice] is the quality at which they run it,” Duke coach David Cutcliffe said.
Matt Aiken (Hidden Valley) is a starting receiver and co-captain for Navy.
Cutcliffe said Duke QB Anthony Boone, who has missed the past three games with a broken collarbone, is “day-to-day” as far as returning to the lineup.
SYRACUSE AT N.C. STATE
3:30 p.m. Saturday | CSN
The up-and-down Wolfpack (3-2, 0-2) tries to bounce back from its 28-13 loss at Wake Forest.
“We’ve got nine starters that aren’t playing because of injury,” coach Dave Doeren said. “It’s hard to be the same team week in and week out when your lineup changes every week. We haven’t had a lot of position groups that have had the same lineups every week. We’re going to get a few guys back this week.”
There is a chance that State QB Brandon Mitchell, who has missed four straight games with a broken foot, could play against Syracuse (2-3, 0-1).
CHARLESTON SOUTHERN AT VMI
1:30 p.m. Saturday
Charleston Southern (6-0, 0-0 Big South) cracked the FCS coaches poll at No. 25 this week, their first ranking in seven years. The Buccaneers have beaten The Citadel, Norfolk State and Appalachian State, as well as the Division II team (North Greenville) that defeated VMI (1-4, 0-0).
Not bad for a team that has had three straight losing seasons, including a winless season in 2011.
“We’re hungry for success,” CSU first-year coach Jamey Chadwell said.
CSU QB Danny Croghan will make his second straight start because Malcolm Dixon suffered a torn ACL on Sept. 28 at Appalachian State. Croghan came off the bench and threw a TD pass with 5:27 left to give CSU the win in that game. Croghan threw for 136 yards and ran for two TDs against North Greenville last weekend.
“Malcolm’s more of a true dual-threat type quarterback. Danny’s not,” Chadwell said. “Danny can really throw the football. We’re going to try to keep him more pocket-oriented.”
CSU’s spread option offense also features RB Christian Reyes (684 yards).
Charleston Southern has lost nine straight Big South road games.
W&L AT EMORY & HENRY
1 p.m. Saturday
The Generals (2-2, 0-1 ODAC) have beaten the Wasps (3-1, 0-1) three straight times.
But W&L had beaten Guilford four straight times before losing to the Quakers 16-7 last weekend.
Kyle Boden has thrown for 1,183 yards for the Wasps, who are coming off a 45-20 loss at Randolph-Macon. Josh Smith (Radford) has 32 catches and Lucas Kirby (Alleghany) has 21 receptions. Heath Glass (Rockbridge County) and Zeb Rhodes (Marion) start on the offensive line.
“The biggest key is tackling [the Wasps] in space,” W&L coach Scott Abell said. “They’re not slinging it downfield a ton; they’re just doing a great job of isolating guys in space.”
W&L slotback Dillon Stanfield suffered a season-ending knee injury last weekend.
WARNER AT SOUTHERN VIRGINIA
1 p.m. Saturday
Warner (0-6), an NAIA school in Lake Wales, Fla., is in its first year of football.
SVU RB Jerry Washington will miss his second straight game for violating team rules, although he is practicing.
The Knights (2-2) are coming off a 7-2 loss at The College of New Jersey. They had minus-5 yards rushing in the game. Andy Jones was sacked six times.
“We’ve got to block somebody,” coach DeLane Fitzgerald said. “They manhandled us up front on both sides of the football.”
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