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Thursday, October 9, 2008
Greetings from Wake Forest

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Hello from Winston-Salem, where the Dixie Fair is in full swing across the street from BB&T Field, and Clemson fans are out in full force in the adjacent parking lot. It's been raining on and off all day here, and it's threatening to do it again.

The Tigers, though, could use a little Thunder and Lightning. (Sorry, really, it was just too easy).

It's true, though. If Clemson is going to have a chance at winning this game, the staff has to get their playmakers the ball, and James Davis and C.J. Spiller are at the top of the list. Clemson's offensive philosophy seems to have scaled back on the account of its young, inexperienced offensive line, but at some point they've got to put some faith in the talent around it.

Here are a few keys to the game:

Wake Forest kicker Sam Swank, I'm told, is a game-time decision. They're going to bring him out dressed and see whether or not he can do it. If not, the punting and placekicking duties fall to rookie Shane Popham. That will be less of a factor in field goals and moreso on kickoffs to Spiller.

This game is bigger for Clemson than it is Wake Forest. The Tigers have one league loss and Wake Forest does not. Atlantic Division standings aside, a loss would probably not bode well for the future of Tommy Bowden. Then again, it's only October, and this ain't Auburn.