College Football Week 12: NC State At #11 Clemson
- CoachingTom O’Brien has North Carolina State bowl eligible. And the win over Florida State was perhaps the biggest upset of the season.Clemson’s only loss so far was to Florida State, the No. 1 team in the country in offense and defense. A win here and against South Carolina next week and Dabo Swinney and the Tigers are probably looking at a second straight BCS bowl bid.
- OffenseThe Wolfpack have struggled offensively all season, though a 428-yard performance against Wake Forest last week gives some hope.This offense has been consistently great all season, averaging 43 points per game, sixth best in the country.
- DefenseBend but don’t break has been the Wolfpack’s motto on defense, but it might be hard not to break against an explosive Clemson team.This unit has been serviceable, if not special. Given the schedule, the defense wasn’t really tested much this season.
- Special TeamsTobais Palmer returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown last week. Across the board, the Wolfpack has been mediocre on special teams.The Tigers muffed a punt last week, but generally speaking they’ve been excellent on special teams.
If Clemson plays moderately well it should get the win. North Carolina State would need the kind of performance it had against Florida State to stay in the game, and that seems unlikely. -Andrew Kahn, College Football Contributor