CLEMSON - Through the first two games of the 2008 season, one player has stood out from the rest.
LOCATION: Memorial Stadium (81,500)
TV: ESPN 360
TIME: 12:00 PM EST
SPREAD: Tigers by 18.5
SERIES: Clemson has a 48-27-1 lead in the series, including a 20-11 lead in games at Clemson and a 17-11 lead in games in Death Valley. Clemson has a 17-15 lead in games in Raleigh and a 12-8 lead in games played at Carter-Finley Stadium.
COACHES: Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden is 70-43 (88-47 overall) in his 10th season in Tigertown. Bowden is also 6-3 against the Wolfpack. N.C. State head coach Tom O'Brien is 6-8 (81-53 overall) in his second season in Raleigh. O'Brien also holds a 2-1 record against the Tigers.
N.C. STATE KEY PLAYER: QB Russell Wilson. N.C. State's freshman quarterback returns to action this weekend after being knocked out of the season opener against South Carolina in the first half. Wilson has a good arm and excellent mobility and will be a wild card for the Wolfpack offense.
CLEMSON KEY PLAYER: DE Da'Quan Bowers. The Tigers have recorded just one sack in two games and must find a way to get more pressure on the quarterback. Freshman end Bowers has that one sack but needs more Saturday to show the Tigers are improving with their front four.
INJURIES: Clemson: LB Brandon Maye, (flu) probable, BE Ricky Sapp (knee) doubtful, DT Rashaad Jackson (quad) out, OG Barry Humphries (knee) out, Terrence Ashe (ankle) out, DT Jamie Cumbie (out) wrist, OT Chris Hairston (knee) out.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I'm really proud of his work ethic and the fact that he's taking coaching and hasn't been a prima donna and hasn't been a guy that thinks he's arrived and has been hungry and eager. As long as he does all those things, I'm confident this staff will do what it's done for a lot of other guys and set them on the pace to be a great player and have a bright future or whatever he wants to do." - Clemson defensive coordinator Vic Koenning on freshman end Da'Quan Bowers.
* Keep it Simple
* Dan Scott Preview & Prediction
* Spiller Ready for More
* Game Notes
* Turning the Corner
* Tom O'Brien Talks Clemson
* Walker Ready for Spotlight
* BOWDEN: Tigers Brace for ACC Opener
* What We are Hearing...
* Tuesdays with Vic
* Harper Discusses Injury
* Scott Discusses O-Line Moves
* Diagnosing the D-Line
* BOWDEN: Tigers in Better Mood
* Tommy Bowden Press Conference
* Valuable Experience Ahead
* Hairston Doubtful for N.C. State
* N.C. State - Clemson Depth Chart
PREDICTION: Clemson 30 N.C. State 13
Don't be surprised if this game remains uncomfortably close for the first half as N.C. State has just enough talent in its front four to create problems for Clemson's young offensive line.
TIGER PRE-GAME SHOW INFO: The Tiger Pre-game Show with Roy Philpott and Scott Rhymer will be broadcasting live from Lawn at Littlejohn from 6:00 AM to 9:00 AM Saturday afternoon. Tune in to 104.9 WCCP FM in upstate South Carolina or on the world wide web at wccpfm.com as we celebrate our 65th consecutive game broadcasting on location covering your Clemson Tigers.
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