Clemson coach Dabo Swinney previews matchup with Virginia Tech
Clemson travels to Virginia Tech on Saturday for another ACC showdown. Here is what you need to know about the game.
Who: Clemson (4-0) at Virginia Tech (4-0)
When: 8 p.m. Saturday
Where: Lane Stadium (65,632), Blacksburg, Va.
Series history: Clemson leads 21-12-1. The Tigers have won four consecutive games in the series.
TV: ABC (Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor)
Radio: 105.5 FM in Clemson, 93.1 FM in Columbia (Don Munson, Rodney Williams, Sideline: Reggie Merriweather)
Satellite radio: XM channel 84
Line: Clemson by 7.5
Weather: Clear with a high of 69 during the day and a low of 42 Saturday night.
What’s at stake
Clemson is looking to improve to 3-0 in the ACC. Virginia Tech is playing its first ACC game of the season.
The Tigers are trying for their fifth consecutive victory in the series. Clemson is 8-4 in Blacksburg.
These two teams met in the ACC championship game a season ago. The winner of this game will position itself well to return to the title game this year.
Clemson can improve to 36-2 over its last 38 games with a victory.
The Tigers are trying for their 13th consecutive win in September.
The teams, by the numbers
Opp. Yds Rush/Game
Opp. Yds Pass/Game
Opp. Total Yds/Game
Clemson players to watch
1. Wide receiver Deon Cain has had a relatively quiet start to the season, but if the Hokies stack the box and try to slow down Clemson’s running game don’t be surprised if Cain has a big night.
2. Virginia native and defensive end Clelin Ferrell will have several family members and friends at the game and will try to put on a show against one of his finalists in the recruiting process.
3. Running back Travis Etienne has quickly moved up the depth chart and should get plenty of opportunities on Saturday. Don’t be surprised if he breaks off a long run.
Virginia Tech players to watch
1. In his first year as a starter, Josh Jackson is averaging 282 passing yards and 36 rushing yards per game. The redshirt freshman has 11 passing touchdowns and only one interception .
2. Cam Phillips had almost 1,000 receiving yards last season and is on pace to shatter that mark in 2017. The senior has 34 receptions for 523 yards and five touchdowns through four games. He will be a tough matchup for Clemson’s secondary.
3. Andrew Motuapuaka finished with 114 tackles and three interceptions in 2016 and is off to a strong start in his senior year. He is third on the team in tackles with 29, second in tackles for loss with 4 and first in sacks with 2.5.
Clemson depth chart
QB - Kelly Bryant (Zerrick Cooper, Hunter Johnson)
RB - Tavien Feaster (C.J. Fuller or Adam Choice, Travis Etienne)
WR - Deon Cain (Diondre Overton, Tee Higgins)
WR - Hunter Renfrow (Trevion Thompson, T.J. Chase)
WR - Ray-Ray McCloud (Amari Rodgers, Cornell Powell)
TE - Milan Richard (Cannon Smith)
LT - Mitch Hyatt (Tremayne Ancrhum or Sean Pollard)
LG - Taylor Hearn (John Simpson)
C - Justin Falcinelli (Gage Cervenka)
RG - Tyrone Crowder (Maverick Morris, Cade Stewart)
RT - Tremayne Anchrum (Sean Pollard)
DE - Clelin Ferrell (Chris Register, Xavier Kelly)
DT - Dexter Lawrence (Jabril Robinson, Nyles Pinckney)
DT - Christian Wilkins (Albert Huggins, Sterling Johnson)
DE - Austin Bryant (Justin Foster)
SLB - Dorian O’Daniel (Jalen Williams)
MLB - Tre Lamar (Chad Smith)
WLB - Kendall Joseph (J.D. Davis, James Skalski, Shaq Smith)
CB - Ryan Carter (Mark Fields, A.J. Terrell)
SS - Tanner Muse (Isaiah Simmons, Nolan Turner)
FS – Van Smith (K’Von Wallace, Denzel Johnson)
CB – Trayvon Mullen (Marcus Edmond, Amir Trapp)
PK - Alex Spence (Christian Groomes)
P - Will Spiers (Carson King)
KO - Alex Spence
LS (PK) - Patrick Phibbs (Austin Spence)
LS (P) - Austin Spence (Patrick Phibbs)
H - Will Swinney
PR - Ray-Ray McCloud or Hunter Renfrow
KOR – Tavien Feaster (Travis Etienne)