- Associated Press - Thursday, October 6, 2016

No. 3 Clemson (3-0, 2-0 ACC) at Boston College (3-2, 0-2), 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Line: Clemson by 17.

Series record: Clemson leads 14-9-2.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

The Tigers need to recover quickly from a draining victory at home against Louisville and focus on a Boston College team that plays legitimately good defense. Beating Clemson would be the highlight of coach Steve Addazio’s tenure at BC and end a 10-game conference losing streak.

KEY MATCHUP

Clemson LT Mitch Hyatt vs. Boston College defensive end Harold Landry. The Tigers’ line has allowed only three sacks this season, thanks in part to Deshaun Watson’s mobility and awareness to get rid of the ball quickly. Hyatt is a former five-star recruit who started as a freshman last season. Landry is a bit undersized at 6-foot-3 and 250 pounds, but he has 5.5 sacks to lead the Eagles.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Clemson: DT Christian Wilkins. The 308-pound sophomore grew up in Springfield, Massachusetts, rooting for all things Boston sports. He is one of the top defensive linemen in the country, playing both inside and out. The big fella is also used as a goal line blocking back and scored a touchdown this season. Maybe in front of his friends and family, he could get a short-yardage carry?

Boston College: RB Jon Hillman. The 229-pound sophomore leads the team in rushing (295 yards) and touchdowns (five), but is averaging only 3.4 yards per carry.

FACTS & FIGURES

Boston College’s uniforms will be trimmed in a red bandanna theme in honor of Welles Crowther, a former BC lacrosse player who was killed in the south tower of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. Crowther, who was recognizable because he was never without his red bandanna, is credited with saving at least a dozen people. Thousands of fans entering the stadium will receive red bandannas. … The Eagles are looking for their first victory against a top-10 team since they beat Southern California 37-31 on Sept. 13, 2014, which was also a Red Bandanna game. … Clemson has won seven straight road games, 11 straight conference games and 41 in a row against unranked opponents.

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