College Football
Clemson at Boston College
When: 8:00 PM ET, Saturday, November 10, 2018
Where: Alumni Stadium, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

Second-ranked Clemson will try to hang on to its lofty spot in the College Football Playoff rankings when it visits No. 14 Boston College for a pivotal ACC Atlantic Division showdown on Saturday. The Tigers can clinch the division title with what would be their eighth consecutive win over the Eagles.

Clemson is trying to lock down its fourth straight division crown and move a step closer to returning to the College Football Playoff. The Tigers have been utterly dominant in their last four games, winning by an average of 51 points after trouncing Louisville 77-16 last week. Boston College has emerged as a surprise challenger to the Tigers in the Atlantic and can win the division by capturing its final three games, although that’s no easy task as the team travels to Florida State next week before finishing the regular season at home against Syracuse. The Eagles have won three straight, dispatching Miami (27-14) and Virginia Tech (31-21) in the last two weeks to stay in the division title race.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, ABC. LINE: Clemson -20

ABOUT CLEMSON (9-0, 6-0 ACC): The Tigers are the only team in the nation ranked in the top 10 in both total offense (seventh, 538 yards per game) and total defense (third, 269.2). The offense has set school records for scoring in spans of three (177 points), four (240), five (267), six (316) and seven games (354), as Travis Etienne has anchored the ground attack while the passing game has flourished under freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence. The dominant defense has allowed more than 300 total yards only three times, with one of those being in last week’s blowout win over Louisville.

ABOUT BOSTON COLLEGE (7-2, 4-1): The Eagles are enjoying their best season in more than a decade behind a potent offense led by running back AJ Dillon. Boston College’s 37.2 points per game would be a school record, eclipsing the mark set by the 1984 team led by Doug Flutie, and Dillon has rushed for 897 yards and eight touchdowns despite missing two contests with an ankle injury. The defense has played well during the three-game winning streak but has been gashed for more than 500 total yards twice in ACC play.


1. Clemson can clinch its eighth consecutive 10-win season with a victory.

2. The Tigers have forced a turnover in 17 straight games, their longest streak since an 18-game run in 2004-05.

3. Boston College is 2-23 all-time against top-five opponents and has lost 10 in a row dating to a win at Notre Dame in 2002.

PREDICTION: Clemson 41, Boston College 20

Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Clemson 9-0 W9 47.8 13.3 5-0 4-0 8-0 0-0 6-0
Boston College 7-2 W3 37.2 24.1 5-0 2-2 1-2 0-0 4-1
Last Meeting
Clemson Boston College
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
9/23/17 BC 7 CLEM 34 482 342 140 238 97 141
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Clemson K. Bryant 65.4 140 0 2
Boston College A. Brown 46.7 133 0 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Clemson T. Etienne 9 113 12.6 2
Boston College A. Dillon 18 57 3.2 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Clemson H. Renfrow 6 53 8.8 0
Boston College J. Smith 4 58 14.5 0
Touchdowns Player TD
Clemson K. Bryant 2
Boston College A. Dillon 1
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Clemson T. Lawrence 65.1 1549 18 3
Boston College A. Brown 57.9 1567 16 5
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Clemson T. Etienne 116 999 8.6 15
Boston College A. Dillon 162 897 5.5 8
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Clemson T. Higgins 35 514 14.7 7
Boston College K. White 19 298 15.7 3
Touchdowns Player TD
Clemson T. Etienne 16
Boston College A. Dillon 9
Quickchart Matchup
Clemson Clemson Off vs  Boston College Boston College Def
Clemson 539.3 yards
Boston College 373.4 yards
Clemson 7 yards/rush
Boston College 3.7 yards/rush
Clemson 8.3 yards/attempt
Boston College 6.1 yards/attempt
Boston College Boston College Off vs  Clemson Clemson Def
Boston College 440.2 yards
Clemson 278.6 yards
Boston College 4.6 yards/rush
Clemson 2.5 yards/rush
Boston College 8.1 yards/attempt
Clemson 6.6 yards/attempt