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Boston College-Clemson Preview Capsule

Boston College (3-3, 0-3 ACC) at No. 5 Clemson (5-0, 2-0), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)

Line: Clemson by 15.

Series Record: Clemson leads 13-9-2.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Clemson has steadily risen in the rankings this season and looks to keep that momentum going. The Tigers are trying to open 6-0 for the third time in five seasons. Boston College has lost its last two ACC games by a combined five points.

KEY MATCHUP

Clemson QB Deshaun Watson vs. Boston College defense. Watson threw for his most yards this season, passing for 265 yards and two long touchdowns in a win over Georgia Tech. Boston College comes in with the nation’s No. 1 overall defense. The Eagles have not allowed an opponent to score more than 14 points this season.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Boston College: LB Harold Landry. He leads the Eagles with 9 1-2 tackles for loss this season and has forced a pair of fumbles for the country’s No. 1 defense.

Clemson: RB Wayne Gallman. The sophomore rusher has taken control of the Tigers running attack this season. He’s had three straight games of 100-yards or more rushing and has helped Clemson close out wins over Louisville and Georgia Tech.

FACTS & FIGURES

In 2008, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney beat Boston College for his first victory after taking over for Tommy Bowden in the middle of the season. … The Eagles have struggled against Clemson in recent years, losing four in a row and six of the past seven meetings. … Clemson is looking to win its record-setting 14th straight game at home, surpassing the previous mark it tied last week in the win over Georgia Tech. … Clemson has won its last 33 game against unranked opponents.

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