1- Same time; same week. Can Clemson avoid the let down and keep its focus against Maryland?
The Tigers have handled their business with a sharper focus this season. Maryland comes in to Death Valley Saturday beat up with injuries. All of the Terps quarterbacks are injured and now their best weapon wide receiver Stefon Diggs won't play Saturday.
Clemson is nearing the finish line and at large BCS game is within site. Style points matter. Clemson is favored by 31 points and odds are a BCS computer wants to see the Tigers win by 31 or more.
Dabo Swinney's Tigers this year have been a much more mature and focused group. How will Clemson respond Saturday?
2- How effective will the Clemson rushing game be?
Dabo Swinney said running back Andre Ellington will be ready to go Saturday against Maryland. Clemson has had trouble running the ball against 3-4 or odd front defenses; Georgia Tech being an example. Maryland presents the same type defense and the highest ranked defense Clemson has played since Florida State.
I expect Ellington plays but has limited duty Saturday. How well will Clemson run the ball Saturday?
3- Can Clemson eliminate turnovers?
At Duke; Clemson had 3 interceptions and a fumble. The Tigers still rolled but how many times can you stare that many turnovers down and come out safe? Quarterback Tajh Boyd has been on fire but he's staring down receivers and been careless with the ball at times too.
Can Clemson eliminate turnovers Saturday? Can Tajh Boyd take care of the football and not stare down his targets?
4- The Clemson interior line is on fire. Can they they keep up their momentum?
Brent Venables young defensive line has improved every game and particularly the last three. Defensive end Vic Beasley while a reserve is now second in the ACC in sacks. Defensive tackles Josh Watson, DJ Reader and Grady Jarrett have been a menace to opposing offenses. Ask Duke's quarterback Renfree about his encounter with Grady Jarret, he'll tell you. How disruptive can the Clemson's defensive line be against Maryland?
5- Will Clemson break the record for home wins in a row?
No all orange, no all purple no purple and orange uniforms. Dabo Swinney has embraced tradition and with orange jerseys and white pants and we win at home in Death Valley.
Swinney has returned the teeth to Death Valley. If Clemson can beat Maryland tomorrow it will break the record for most consecutive wins at home. Will there be another new record set tomorrow?