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Wednesday, January 4, 2012
No depth-chart surprises for Clemson

By Heather Dinich

MIAMI -- With under 30 minutes until kickoff here, there are still a lot of empty seats, even in the lower bowl area. It's a sparse crowd, but the majority of fans here are Clemson's.

There are no lineup changes, no suspensions and no surprises on the Clemson depth chart tonight. The team is as healthy as it's been since early in the season. The only difference in tonight's game routine is that former running back C.J. Spiller sat next to coach Dabo Swinney on the bus ride to the stadium. In 2009, Spiller racked up more than 300 all-purpose yards here against Miami. We'll see if he can inspire another similar performance. The biggest question is how Clemson will look after a month off. We've seen two sides of this team -- the one that faltered down the stretch, and the one that beat Virginia Tech soundly in the ACC championship game. If Clemson can pick up where it left off, the Tigers could be Orange Bowl champs.