CLEMSON – Yet another beautiful day for football at Death Valley; it’s a sun-splashed afternoon as the managers play some pitch and catch in an empty Memorial Stadium.
No. 3 Clemson (5-0, 3-0 ACC) hopes to stay that way at No. 3, just 60 minutes of football against Boston College (3-2, 1-1) away from setting up a massive ACC showdown on Oct. 19 vs. idle No. 6 Florida State.
On a Hall of Fame Day when many Clemson backups might have a chance to stick their nose in there, two of them will watch from their television sets. Wide receiver Germone Hopper and safety Ronald Geohaghan were suspended Friday for the game, after committing “a violation of team rules and poor behavior,” head coach Dabo Swinney stated.
Hopper’s second on the Tigers with 16 catches, and Geohaghan is a backup safety at a relatively thin position.
Free safety Travis Blanks is probable to play, but Jayron Kearse will start. Defensive tackle Carlos Watkins and linebacker/special teamer Ben Boulware also are out Saturday.
Clemson has beaten its last 13 unranked opponents by double digits, and by an average margin of 27.6 points.
The Tigers are facing the Eagles for the sixth time since Dabo Swinney’s been sitting in the head chair; Swinney’s first victory came over BC on Nov. 1, 2008 in Chestnut Hill. That’s the first of four victories Clemson has claimed in five matchups.