Originally created 09/19/00

Clemson and Georgia Tech notebook



Clemson Tigers

A look at the Tigers four days before they travel to Virginia (3:30 p.m., ABC):

Latest news:

The No. 11 Tigers (3-0) are Virginia's homecoming opponent. The Cavaliers (2-1) have won nine consecutive homecoming contests but are 9'-point underdogs.

Injuries:

Defensive tackles Jason Holloman (ankle), Terry Jolly (calf) missed the Wake Forest game but are expected to play Saturday. Receiver Matt Bailey (groin) has missed the last two games but is probable for the Virginia game. Offensive lineman Jermyn Chester will miss at least two games after having arthroscopic surgery to repair torn knee cartilage.

Key stat:

Clemson leads the nation in pass defense, allowing an average of 83 yards per game. Virginia quarterback Dan Ellis has completed 64.2 percent of his passes for 848 yards and five touchdowns.

Analysis:

Clemson cannot afford to buy into the national rankings. It has dominated both sides of the ball in its three blowout home victories. Virginia is dangerous, and playing in a hostile environment will require complete concentration if the Tigers are to start 4-0 for the first time since 1989.

Quote:

"I'm a little ahead of schedule. I like the barometer we've set." -- Clemson coach Tommy Bowden, on the progress the Tigers have made since he was hired in 1998.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

A look at the Yellow Jackets two days before they travel to North Carolina State for an 8 p.m. ESPN game:

Latest news:

The Yellow Jackets have a short preparation week to gear up for the Wolfpack's revamped passing offense after facing Navy's wishbone. First-year coach Chuck Amato has resuscitated State's program with his aerial assault. Tech's defense has shown improvement but also a propensity to surrender large amounts of passing yards.

Injuries:

None.

Key stat:

Georgia Tech is allowing an average of 303 passing yards per game, while N.C. State leads the nation with 376.3 yards.

Analysis:

Tech's suspect secondary will be tested once again. Wolfpack receiver Koren Robinson is proving his 1999 ACC rookie of the year award was no fluke. Robinson has 19 receptions for 376 yards (19.8 average) and four touchdowns. The Jackets cannot focus on Robinson because the 'Pack has six receivers with at least 82 receiving yards.

Quote:

"For a true freshman, he is very poised and you can see him getting better with each game." -- Georgia Tech coach George O'Leary, on Wolfpack quarterback Philip Rivers, who leads the nation's most prolific passing offense.

-- Jimmy DeButts