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Boston College vs. Clemson Football: Gameday Links For Week 8 Vs. Tigers

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Getting you ready for this afternoon's kickoff.

Tyler Smith

Tricky test lies ahead for Clemson at Boston College (Post and Courier)
Clemson coaches and players have lauded the Eagles defensive players for their physical nature in previous games. "I always leave Boston College hurting," senior wide receiver Adam Humphries, "because they can hit, and they like to keep everything in front of them."

For BC, every yard counts this weekend (ESPN Boston)
"We have to come out and let them know that we’re ready to play and we’re here," Murphy said. "That this is a BC team that’s trying to be different this year and be at the top of the ACC. If we want to do that, we’re gonna have to beat teams like Clemson. They’re a very good team and this will be the best defense we face all year. We have a big challenge ahead of us and we’re excited about it...we have to be fundamentally sound and make sure we are on top of our assignments."

Connor Wujciak, Boston College cramming for Clemson (Boston Herald)
BC held NC State to 43 rushing yards and finished with 58 tackles, seven tackles for a loss, including four sacks, and an interception by defensive end Brian Mihalik. "We are an aggressive front and we were really aggressive that game and our game plan worked," Wujciak said of the NC State victory. "They came out firing, but we made an adjustment or two and stayed poised and played defense."

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Strong defenses to clash when Boston College meets Clemson (Enterprise News)
Steve Addazio has seen some wicked defenses in his day. Before he came to Boston College to resuscitate the football program, and before he spent two years as head coach at Temple, he spent six years on Urban Meyer’s staff at Florida, helping the Gators claim two of the seven consecutive national championships won by teams from the SEC from 2006 through 2012. The offenses in the SEC were good, stacked with future NFL talent, but the defenses were what really drove most of the seven title-winners.

Inside the game: Clemson at Boston College (Post and Courier)
Sometimes games have gotten weird in west Boston, and Clemson can't fall into that trap. Even last year's Death Valley dance was marred by five fumbles, poor third-down execution and uncharacteristic formation penalties. BC is physical enough to pull the upset--and clearly speed cannot win alone, just ask Southern Cal--but the Tigers are the better team and ought to play with that attitude from start to finish.

Clemson's Cole Stoudt gets 2nd chance to start (Boston Herald)
Stoudt was still hurting from a shoulder injury he got late in a 41-0 win over North Carolina State two weeks ago when Watson went down. Offensive coordinator Chad Morris and coach Dabo Swinney asked Stoudt if he could play through the pain—and Stoudt wasn't going to let this pass him by. He passed for 162 yards on 20 of 33 passing. He led the Tigers on three second-half field goal drives, all essential in a 23-17 victory over Louisville.

Clemson adopts 'road warrior' mentality for trip to Boston College (Post and Courier)
The Tigers are 10-2 away from Memorial Stadium in 2012 and '13--a decent resume that includes wins over LSU, Ohio State and Auburn. "Is that right? 10-2? Dadgum, I didn't know that," Swinney said. "That's a good one right there. We've got to remind ourselves of those good things...we know what it takes."

BC faces stiff test against No. 24 Clemson (The Boston Globe)
"You have to hang in there. You have to play great defense,’’ said Addazio, whose own defense is ranked eighth overall in the nation (289.8 yards per game) and ninth against the rush (99.8 yards per game). "You’re going to have a bunch of three-and-outs, when you get a couple of shots, you have to capitalize on that with field position and get a couple of points on the board. You’re not going to consistently drive that defense, though. That’s not going to happen.’’

Historical Eye of the Tiger: Clemson-Boston College (Shakin The Southland)
In 2014, Clemson & Boston College battle for the 25th time in this college football "Civil War" between North & South, with the Tigers holding a 12-9-2 advantage in the all-time series.

Clemson travels to Boston to Battle Boston College (Shakin The Southland)
This is a bit of a scary game for sure. ESPN usually puts Clemson on upset alert, but this is a time when it could be very merited. Addazio has his team thinking they can play with anybody, and that was evidenced last year when they gave Florida State a tussle for a good bit of the day in a way our own Tigers could not. The Tigers will need a focused effort in an environment not on the level of what they are used to this year. If you think about it, the Tigers have played in front of no fewer than 70,000 this season. They aren't going to get that level of atmosphere in Alumni Stadium and will need to bring their own intensity.

Boston College will be too tough for Clemson (New York Post)
BOSTON COLLEGE (+5) over Clemson: Quarterback Cole Stoudt stepped in for injured starter Deshaun Watson last week, and Clemson narrowly got away with one against Louisville. This will be tougher against Eagles QB Tyler Murphy and head coach Steve Addazio, who can coach up his kids—ask USC! Grab BC (+5), for one unit.

Wolfpack, Heels looking to rebound in Week 8 (WRALSportsFan.com)
Clemson, 37-27. I don’t feel good about this at all. I really think this has "upset" written all over it. But I think somehow, Clemson does just enough.