See pages 6D for more pre-game coverage of the Tigers, including notes, statistics, key matchups and more.
NO. 18 BOSTON COLLEGE EAGLES (8-2, 4-2 ACC) AT NO. 15 CLEMSON TIGERS (8-2, 5-2), 7:45 P.M.
• TV: ESPN2 (cable channel 28 in Rock Hill)
• Radio: WRHI-AM (1340)
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• Series record: Tied 7-7-2
• Last game: Boston College 34, Clemson 33 (2OT), Sept. 9, 2006, in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
• Last week: Maryland beat Boston College 42-35; Clemson beat Wake Forest 44-10
• Rankings: Boston College is 18th in each poll and 17th in the BCS standings. Clemson is 15th in The Associated Press poll, 16th in the USA Today/coaches poll and 15th in the BCS standings.
• Tickets: Sold out
TIGERS' KEYS TO VICTORY
• Roll: Clemson's offense has been so productive since the bye week it's almost unbelievable. As long as Rob Spence doesn't throw any drastic new wrinkles in, Cullen Harper, James Davis, Aaron Kelly and Co. should be able to keep their games up.
• Harness: Playing at home for a division title -- could the Tigers ask for a better opportunity? They used the momentum from the crowd last week to jump to an early lead and Wake Forest wilted from there, and the Death Valley faithful should be out of their seats today.
• No. 12: Matt Ryan's list of credentials is impeccable, but he's lost two straight games and the Tigers haven't. They know he's the guy that's got the greatest potential to burn them, so they have to get in his face right away or make sure some of those precise passes end up planted in orange jerseys.
No matter what's happened before or after today, Clemson is playing for the ACC Atlantic Division title and a spot in the ACC championship game. Boston College will doubtless come out firing, considering it's got a lot to prove after two straight losses wrecked an undefeated season. But the Tigers have been playing fantastically well the past two weeks, and their offense is more than capable of mimicking what Florida State and Maryland did to the Eagles. Book your tickets for Jacksonville, Clemson fans -- the day you've waited on is finally here.
TIGERS 35, EAGLES 28
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