CLEMSON, S.C. — No. 1 Clemson and No. 7 Miami will battle in a featured college football game on Saturday night and travelers are confident about putting on a strong display against the top ranked side in Death Valley.
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Clemson comes into this encounter with an impressive record at home, after not losing on home turf since 2016 with it suffered a 43-42 defeat to Pitt on Nov. 12.
The Tigers, who have won five successive ACC titles, have also beaten Miami in both of their meetings since 2015 and Hurricanes head coach Manny Diaz expects the Trevor Lawrence led home side to be a handful for his team.
The last meeting between these two sides came in the 2017 ACC Championship Game, which Clemson won 38-3, but Diaz doesn’t expect the Canes to just sit back and allow their opponents to dominate this time out.
“When you play a game like this, motivation is just the cover charge,” Diaz said. “Once you get in, Clemson is going to play very hard. They are very disruptive and aggressive on defense.
“They are going to run every front and every coverage and they are going to play extraordinarily hard and be very physical. If you don’t match that, you can forget it. You don’t have a chance. Now it is about who can function within the framework of the offense and defense.
“If you sit there and look at the logo on the side of their helmet, that is what got us in 2017. You have to focus on doing your job and if our guys do that, then it can be a football game and it is about who can protect the ball and win the explosive plays,” he added.
Clemson rolled to a 41-23 victory over Virginia last week to improve to 3-0 on the season and 2-0 in ACC play. The Tigers extended their winning streak to 46 after last week’s result, which saw them surpassing the 1953-57 Oklahoma Sooners for the longest winning streak in FBS history.
In last Saturday’s game, Lawrence went 25-of-38 passing for 329 yards and three touchdowns – two of which went to Amari Rodgers.
Travis Etienne tallied 187 yards from scrimmage, including 73 a career-high and Clemson running back record of 114 through the air.
Meanwhile, the Miami Hurricanes (3-0, 2-0 ACC) scored 38 points in the opening half on their way to rolling over in-state rival Florida State, 52-10 inside Hard Rock Stadium in their last meeting a week ago.