Originally created 09/30/00

Clemson notebook



A look at the No. 7 Clemson Tigers (4-0, 2-0) before they face the Duke Blue Devils (0-4, 0-1) in Durham, N.C., today (Noon, ABC- Channel 6):

The Scene:

The Tigers are 36-point favorites over a team that has scored just two touchdowns in its first four losses this season.

History:

Clemson has won eight of the past 10 games in its series with Duke, but is 3-3 in its past six meetings with the Blue Devils and 11-11 overall at Wallace Wade Stadium. Duke's last victory over the Tigers came in Durham, a 28-23 win in 1998.

Key Players:

Clemson -- TB Travis Zachery (Jr., 6-0, 190); DT Terry Jolly (Sr., 6-2, 290); QB Woody Dantzler (Jr., 5-11,190).

Duke -- TB Duane Epperson (Sr., 5-9, 193); WR/KR Kyle Moore (Jr., 5-11, 187); TB Chris Douglas (Fr., 5-10, 178).

Injuries:

Clemson -- G Jermyn Chester (knee) is out.

Key matchup:

Duke ranks near the bottom of every ACC statistical category, so realistically, there isn't a key matchup in today's game. The key for Duke is trying to keep the ball away from Clemson. If the Tigers move the ball at will against Blue Devils, this game could get ugly in a hurry.

When Clemson has the ball:

Look for the Tigers once again to spread the field with its offense. Dantzler will get the ball early and often.

When Duke has the ball:

Look for the Blue Devils to use any kind of trick play possible to keep the Tigers off balance. With quarterback Spencer Romine out with a concussion, Duke needs Romine's replacement -- either Bobby Campbell or D. Bryant -- to play a perfect game.

Tim Morse