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Saturday, November 21, 2009
Pregame notes from Death Valley

By staff

CLEMSON, S.C. -- There are no lineup changes here in Death Valley for either team, but backup quarterback Marc Verica did not travel with the Cavaliers because of a head injury. Riko Smalls would be the backup quarterback if need be.

It's another chance for C.J. Spiller to make a push for the Heisman. Spiller has scored a touchdown in all 10 games this season. He and Boise State WR Austin Pettis are the only players in the FBS to have scored a touchdown in every one of their team’s games. Heisman ballots were mailed to voters on Tuesday and are due back by Dec. 7. There are 926 electors this season, including 55 living Heisman winners. Each must rank his/her top three players. Eight of the nine Heisman winners this decade have been quarterbacks (Reggie Bush was the exception).

A few other notes ...
If UNC holds onto its 28-13 lead over BC in the fourth quarter, it won't matter what Clemson does on the field here at Memorial Stadium. The Tigers will have clinched the Atlantic Division thanks to BC's loss. That's certainly one way to avoid an upset.