A look at the No. 7 Tigers (4-0, 2-0 ACC) three days before playing at Duke (0-4, 0-1 ACC) on Saturday(noon):
Junior Travis Zachery is dividing his practice time between tailback and wide receiver. In an effort to bolster his receiving corps, coach Tommy Bowden will insert the 6-foot, 190-pounder in his multi-receiver formations. Against The Citadel, Zachery made a 26-yard touchdown reception after lining up as a split end. He is third on the team with nine receptions for 154 yards (17.1 ypc) and two touchdowns.
Clemson entered the Virginia game leading the nation with just one turnover. The Tigers gave the ball away four times in Charlottesville, but emerged with another convincing victory.
Clemson's only test against Duke will be focus. Can the Tigers take care of business against an inferior foe the way they did against Missouri and The Citadel? Defensively, the Tigers lead the nation in points allowed (5.5), which coincidently is the exact amount the Duke offense is averaging (113th out of 114 Division I schools).
"There's been a history of us doing good, then going up there and getting beaten." -- Clemson right offensive tackle John McDermott, on the Tigers not looking past winless Duke.
A look at the Yellow Jackets (2-2, 0-2 ACC) three days before playing at to North Carolina (3-1, 1-1 ACC) on Saturday(3:30 p.m., ABC):
The Yellow Jackets are preparing to face the nation's 12th-ranked rush defense (75.2 ypg). Tech tailback Joe Burns rushed for a season-high 100 yards last week against N.C. State, but will face a defensive charge led by linebacker Brandon Spoon, who is fifth in the ACC with 45 tackles.
Safety Jeremy Muyres (knee) is probable.
Key stat: Despite its pass-defense deficiencies, Georgia Tech is third in the ACC with 14 sacks.
In a clash of staunch run defenders, North Carolina's passing offense will be the key to the game. Tar Heels quarterback Ronald Curry is 31st nationally in passing efficiency (137.7 rating) and has three of the ACC's top nine receivers to throw to. Curry has thrown for 862 yards in three games.
"Defensively, we have to control their very good skilled athletes on offense, Ronald Curry number one." -- Georgia Tech coach George O'Leary prioritizing his defensive strategy.
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