Clemson overcame a shaky first half and notched a 24-point win over Troy in the first week. They've got one more week to work out the kinks before the competition gets stiffer. This week they face perennial FCS power Wofford. Let's see how the teams match up.
Clemson offense vs. Wofford defense
Clemson fans were very uncomfortable as they watched Chad Morris' offense struggle in the first half against Troy. Tajh Boyd looked unsure in the pocket, and the offensive line didn't helped matters by allowing Troy's smaller defensive front to push them around. After the break, Boyd played more confidently and actually put together a solid game statistically. The coaching staff has made it clear that they are ready and willing to use freshman skill players like Sammy Watkins and Mike Bellamy. It's easy to see why after the way they performed against Troy. Wofford's defense gave up 28 points against lowly Presbyterian, so there shouldn't be any reason for Clemson to struggle offensively.
Key matchup: Andre Ellington vs. Wofford linebackers
Ellington had a decent day against Troy, but he was able to break free as much as we've seen him do in the past. I expect him to have a big day against a Wofford defense that won't be able to catch him.
Wofford offense vs. Clemson defense
People comparing Wofford's offense to Georgia Tech's simply don't know what they're talking about. The only real similarity is that they are both classified as option offenses. The Terriers will attack Clemson with a triple option that uses a lot of misdirection plays designed to get the defense moving the wrong way. Fullback Eric Breitenstein is the star of the offense, and Clemson will have to take away the dive play consistently to avoid him having success. Senior quarterback Mitch Allen has been running the show for a while, so this offense should run smoothly, if nothing else. Don't be surprised if Wofford moves the ball early while Clemson gets accustomed to an offensive look that is impossible to replicate in practice. Clemson should overwhelm the Terriers athletically, though, and should contain them well enough to build a significant lead.
Key matchup: Wofford's scheme vs. front seven
Stopping the option is all about assignments. If Clemson's linemen and linebackers stick to their responsibilities, they should be able to handle Wofford's attack.
Clemson played well on special teams last week, aside from missing an extra point. Look for Clemson's kick returners to break off a couple of big plays.
Wofford needing a last-minute touchdown to beat Presbyterian does not bode well for its chances against Clemson. The Terriers may get a couple scores early, but they won't be able to stop Clemson's athletes at the skill positions. Clemson will cruise with a matchup with Auburn on the horizon.
Clemson 49 Wofford 14