This is a bit odd being home on a Saturday not preparing for a long day of tailgating. At least there are a lot of quality games on television today.
It has been a while since I have felt good about our chances going into game against a quality, deep, athletic team like Clemson. With the spread earlier in the week at Clemson -18.5, it should be obvious to everyone that a Pack victory today would be a major, major upset. The Pack’s schedule won’t get any easier with #14 ECU coming to Raleigh next week followed by a game against #19 South Florida. South Florida had an impressive win against a ranked Kansas team last night.
Here are a couple of links about our game against Clemson:
But O’Brien, who has coached since 1975, said he has never lost so many skill players on offense to injury.
The list of the wounded includes:
* Top wide receiver Donald Bowens, out for the season with a lower back stress fracture.
* Running backs Jamelle Eugene (injured ankle) and Toney Baker (recovering from knee surgery), who will miss their third straight game today with no word yet on their return.
* Russell Wilson, who does return today but missed the last six quarters at quarterback with a concussion.
* Tight end Anthony Hill (strained chest muscle), who is missing his second straight game but might return.
* Backup tight end Matt Kushner suffered a knee injury in the second quarter last week. Late Thursday, the university said he is out for the year.
* Clem Johnson, who was expected to start at safety but suffered a broken jaw in the preseason and is out for the season.
Clemson, which hosts N.C. State on Saturday, landed three of Rivals.com’s top seven from North Carolina in 2007, including Charlotte Victory Christian defensive end Kourtnei Brown.
Matthews Butler High safety Spencer Adams and Fayetteville Sanford tight end Dwayne Allen, two of the top five in 2008, also picked Clemson. Although many North Carolina prospects for 2009 haven’t announced decisions, Clemson already has commitments from No. 9 Larry Raper of Shelby and No. 12 Tyler Shatley of East Burke.
Other games of interest:
*12:00 pm Cal @ Maryland, ESPN (Fridge needs this win today badly)
*12:00 pm Navy @ Duke, ESPNU (with TOB’s connection to Navy, go Navy!)
* 3:00 pm East Carolina @ Tulane, 850 am (Will the Pirates be looking past Tulane?)
* 3:30 pm Georgia Tech @ Virginia Tech, ABC (big Coastal Division matchup)
* 3:30 pm Michigan at Notre Dame, NBC (watching Charlie Weiss lose is always fun)
* 3:35 pm Georgia @ South Carolina, CBS
* 7:30 pm UVa at UConn, ESPNU (UVa’s QB is not playing today, Groh is in trouble)
* 8:00 pm Ohio St at USC (it will be strange pulling for Ohio St)
*10:30 pm Wisconsin at Fresno St, ESPN2 (two ranked teams as the last game of the night)