Clemson at Boston College: Clemson Offense vs. BC Defense

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Oct 11, 2014; Clemson, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers quarterback

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(18) passes the ball during the first half against the Louisville Cardinals at Clemson Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

Everyone’s talking about the Boston College Eagles offense and the Clemson Tigers defense, but what about the Clemson offense vs. BC defense?

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The first two are the strengths of their respective teams, while the latter two, the focus of this piece, seem to have the question marks. Boston College’s defense, for example, is statistically sound, but one never knows what kind of a performance they will see. As for Clemson, they lost their starting quarterback and therefore seem a bit of a mystery, but are more than capable of a good performance as well — unless they’re not.

Oh, the unpredictability.

Clemson Offense vs. BC Defense: Statistical Comparison

• Clemson averages 37.5 points per game (T-25th in FBS)
• Boston College’s defense allows 19.3 points per game (22nd)

• The Tigers amass 141.17 ypg on the ground (T-95th)
• The Eagles give up just 99.83 ypg rushing (T-9th)

• Yet, Clemson passes for 306 yards per game (19th)
• And BC’s pass defense allows 190 yards per contest (18th)

• Clemson totals 447.2 yards per game of offense (39th)
• Don Brown’s defense allows only 289.8 yards total per game (8th)

• The Tiger QB duo gets sacked on average 2.5 times per game (T-100th)
• BC’s pass rush accounts for 2.83 sacks per game (T-28th)

• Clemson’s offense gets tackled for a loss 6.83 times per game (T-96th)
• The Eagles dole out 6.33 TFLs per contest (T-56th)

• Clemson converts on 42.99% of third downs (52nd)
• BC allows 36.71% of third down conversions (52nd)

• The Tigers convert on just 73.08% of red zone trips (T-112th)
• BC gives up red zone scores at an 86.67% clip (T-90th)