Friday, September 25, 2009

Spitblood Predictions: Clemson

In case you're bitter that you can't go to the game (Me? No....), you can at least take solace in the fact that the folks that do make the trip are going to get soaked because, in the words of Ollie Williams, ISSS GON' RAIN! Not that Game Day in the rain can't be fun- I think everyone that was there will agree that last year's Stanford game was one of the most fun TCU games they can remember, but I'm not quite sure just what to think about Mother Nature taking her place at the TCU-Clemson table with a huge stack of pogs and a sweet "8-ball" slammer.

There's a good chance the wet weather (Forecast: click here) could hamper both teams' ability to throw the ball. On one hand, I think the Frogs have the more balanced of the two offenses, so the rain could be a bigger handicap to TCU's game plan. But on the other, Clemson's most dangerous offensive option might be to get the speedy duo of CJ Spiller and Jacoby Ford open deep, where Kyle Parker (who has accuracy issues but a strong arm) could hit them for big gains. If the Tigers' ability to hit the home run is reduced, so too may be their chances to beat TCU.

So tell me what you think- leave your predictions in the comments section. Final score, offensive, defensive and special teams player of the game, how the weather will affect both teams and anything else you want to include.

Morning Dump

TCU Still Doesn't Want the Attention - ESPN

Clemson is Giving TCU Rare Dose of Respect - Startlegram

TCU v. Clemson Football Betting Odds & Prediction
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Storylines to Watch for this Weekend in College Football - USA Today

TCU at Clemson Preview - Bleacher Report

College Football Predictions Week 4 - The Football Expert
  • TCU (2-0) @ Clemson (2-1): I have my neck firmly exposed for the Horned Frogs and this is their first chance to prove me right. The Tigers are a typical ACC team. Just good enough to give most teams trouble if they are playing well and just bad enough to lose most games. Their defense is riding high after holding Boston College to 54 yards. That is not a typo, and even if the Eagles are in transition I’m impressed. TCU can also bring it on defense. In their opener at Virginia the Cavs had a net gain of 44 yards over their first 11 possessions before the visitors loosened up. Clemson has some star power with C.J. Spiller’s running and returning exploits, but TCU’s defense will be on him like the paparazzi on Brad Pitt because the Tigers have been plagued by poor quarterback play. There will be no running on this defense here. As a result the visitors will wear them down. By the time it’s over they will wonder why they scheduled this game: TCU 19, Clemson 12
Fearless Predictions Week 4 - Newsday
  • No. 15 TCU at Clemson (-2.5)
    Two very similar teams. They both feature great defenses that are really tough up front. If TCU gets pressure on Kyle Parker, it could be a long day for the Tiger offense, whose line hasn't impressed me. The Horned Frogs have 11 sacks in two games, and I think they tack on a few more in a 27-20 win.
    Rose: TCU has already gone on the road this season to an ACC school and won. OK, TCU beat Virginia easily, and the Cavaliers are not as good as Clemson. But I think that shows TCU can win on Saturday. I like TCU's defense in this one. TCU wins 27-23