Clemson at Boston College: BC Offense vs. Clemson Defense

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Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

BC offense vs. Clemson defense might be the key matchup of the Eagles’ game against the Tigers on Saturday.

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Each is the respective team’s best unit. For Boston College, their offense has done most of the heavy lifting this season, especially in having the fifth-best rushing offense in the nation. As for Clemson, their defense has had several good performances and features one of the nation’s best run defenses. In that respect, it will be strength against strength.

Stop Boston College run game and you stop their offense, but the Eagles have made a habit out of fooling opposing defenses on the ground. Who takes this fierce gridiron battle?

BC Offense vs. Clemson Defense: Statistical Comparison

• Boston College scores 29.7 points per game (70th in FBS)
• Clemson gives up 21.2 points on average (T-35th)

• The Eagles rush for an average of 315.67 ypg (5th)
• The Tigers allow just 100.5 yards per game (11th)

• BC’s passing offense manages only 127.8 yards per game (123rd)
• Clemson allows 185.5 passing yards per game (17th)

• The Eagles have a total offensive output of 443.5 (45th)
• The Tiger defense gives up only 286 yards on average (T-6th)

• BC is just under water at -1 in turnovers (T-77th)
• Clemson is +4 in turnovers overall (T-24th)

Tyler Murphy only gets sacked once per game (T-16th)
• Clemson gets to the quarterback 3.33 times per game (15th)

• The Eagles have withstood 5.67 tackles for a loss per game (T-63rd)
• The Tigers deal out 8.67 tackles for a loss per game (2nd)

• BC converts on 40.48% of third downs this year (75th)
• Clemson opponents convert just 25% of the time (3rd)

• The Eagles convert in the red zone 86.36% of the time (T-46th)
• Tigers opponents convert only 64.29% of the time (T-6th)

• Boston College has run 60 rush plays of ten yards or more (4th)
• Clemson has given up 26 such rushes (T-44th)