NCAA Games of the Week: Clemson continues title defense

By T.C. Brewster

Sports Blogger

@tbrew28

No. 2 Clemson vs No. 12 Virginia Tech (7 p.m., Saturday, ABC)

(Regina Rickert, Flickr)

Clemson struggled last week against a mediocre Boston College team, and it looks to come back strong against Virginia Tech. The Virginia Tech offense has surprised many under the leadership of redshirt-freshman quarterback Josh Jackson. Clemson’s offense is facing the toughest defense it has faced all season, as it lines up against a Virginia Tech defense allowing a little more than 10 points per game.

No. 5 USC vs No. 16 Washington State (9:30 p.m., Friday, ESPN)

Both teams are coming in with impressive 4-0 records. The Trojans will turn to freshman running back Stephen Carr to carry the ball, as their top rusher, Ronald Jones II, will miss a second-consecutive game. Washington State’s offense is averaging about 44 points per game, thanks to quarterback Luke Falk. Look for a high-scoring game as these two Pac-12 powerhouses duke it out.

No. 23 Mississippi State vs No. 14 Auburn (5 p.m., Saturday, ESPN)

The Mississippi State offense showed a lot of promise two weeks ago during its upset of LSU, but last week’s 31-3 loss to Georgia may not bode well as far as momentum goes. Auburn, on the other hand, is coming off of a 51-14 win at Missouri. Auburn’s defense has been surprisingly dominant through four weeks, so MSU quarterback Nick Fitzgerald will have to have the most complete game of his career for the Bulldogs to have a chance to win.

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