CLEMSON AT GEORGIA TECH

CLEMSON AT GEORGIA TECH

When: noon Saturday

TV: ESPN

Line: Clemson by 3

WHAT TO EXPECT

Tech on offense: The Yellow Jackets are expected to have Synjyn Days and Zach Laskey, the latter of whom has been out for the past three games with a shoulder injury, available at B-back. Coach Paul Johnson said he planned to give both snaps and then play the hot hand. A-back Charles Perkins is another key returnee, as he’s the team’s best perimeter blocker.

Clemson on offense: All eyes will be on freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson, the Gainesville High product coming back from a broken finger. With the ability to scramble and make plays with his feet, Watson is precisely the sort of quarterback who has given the Jackets trouble this season.

Tech on defense: The Jackets will play without nose tackle Shawn Green and may try to rotate a number of defensive linemen, in part to handle Clemson’s up-tempo pace. Tech has 11 takeaways in the past three games, one more than the Jackets had in their first seven. Pressure will be on Tech to make its blitzes count.

Clemson on defense: Defensive end Vic Beasley and linebacker Stephone Anthony are two of the better defensive players that Tech will face this season, and the Tigers’ defense is without question the best that Tech has played thus far. How much Tech can influence Anthony in the middle will have a big impact on how well the Jackets’ running game operates.

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